I am new to any kind of virtualization and seeking some help here.
I want to install some 15 terminals in my industrial plant, which will control job workflow and monitors the part movement in the factory. Our online workflow application runs on nothing but a Chrome browser, which is the only application the client machines need to access. Instead of going for isolated setup, my friend suggested to go for a virtual setup, so OS maintenance becomes easier and client downtime can be handled easily.
How should I go about this? The only option I am aware of is the Citrix XenDesktop, but the license is bit expensive for our 'browser-only' need.
Do you know of any cheaper solution which can serve Linux to client computers (which are thin clients) over the network, so people can have access to the browser without running an actual OS locally? Sorry if I sound too lame. As I said, I am completely new to this.
Thank you for any sort of information.