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NComputing Growth Accelerates to Over a Million Seats Per Year
Company ships over 120,000 seats in June, becomes the largest desktop virtualization vendor with over 15,000 customers in 80 countries
"We have crossed an inflection point," said Stephen Dukker, chairman and CEO of NComputing. "Our early success for this technology has been in education and the developing world even though nothing in the NComputing solution was designed specifically for these markets. But school IT administrators quickly recognized the impact of a $70 per-seat solution with 75% capital and operating expense reductions in their desktop infrastructure. With the tightening global economy, businesses large and small are moving quickly to NComputing desktop virtualization as well."
The NComputing solution is based on a simple fact: today's PCs are so powerful that the vast majority of applications only use a small fraction of its capacity. NComputing's desktop virtualization software and hardware tap this unused capacity so that multiple users can simultaneously share it. Each user's monitor, keyboard, and mouse connect to the shared PC through a small and very durable NComputing access device, which recreates a true PC experience. The device itself has no CPU, memory or moving parts like a PC so it is easy to deploy and maintain. The access device and the virtualization software costs as little as $70 per seat.
Large companies have been evaluating desktop virtualization solutions from VMWare and Citrix, but the cost and complexity is high compared to traditional desktops. NComputing is radically less expensive while being simpler to deploy and maintain. "NComputing desktop virtualization software combines the best features of solutions like VMware and Citrix, with costs at a fraction of those alternatives, and with far better performance, lower support demands, and a higher-quality end-user experience" said Dukker. With revolutionary pricing and performance, the benefits of virtualization are now available to every type of organization-from small business to global enterprise; from local municipalities to national governments; and from K-12 schools to colleges and universities.
"The industry anticipates that desktop virtualization will become a dominant enterprise technology due to its low TCO and better efficiency and manageability as compared to 1:1 PCs. NComputing has demonstrated that virtualization, when deployed with the right set of tools, completely redefines the economics of desktop computing with lower capital costs, lower operating expenses, and with technical simplicity. Combined, that has allowed us to reach a million seat run-rate in less than two years with most of that volume going into technically limited and some of the most financially restricted places in the world," Dukker said.
As NComputing's penetration into corporate computing environments has grown, the company has developed compatibility features to permit corporate users who have deployed older generation technologies like VMWare, Citrix and Microsoft Terminal Services to deploy NComputing's $70 access devices compatibly in these environments.
The company has won numerous awards for its revolutionary technology, including Gartner Cool Vendor for Client Computing, Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, Red Herring Top 100, VARBusiness Five-Star Partner, Mexico's Expo Comm SMB Award, and IT World Canada Top 5 Businesses to Watch.
"We had a lot of desktops running all day doing nothing, so we wanted to consolidate our computing power without reducing access for our officers," said John Barbuto, IT support technician for the West Melbourne Police Department in West Melbourne, Florida. "We found NComputing to be a very good solution because we were able to implement a virtual machine approach that actually increased access, while cutting the number of PCs in the office. With fewer physical computers to maintain, supporting the PCs is more efficient."
"I was blown away when I saw the NComputing solution in action," said Dr. Louis Johnson of the Rockingham County School District in North Carolina. "It allowed me to stretch my computer budget in such a way that there will no longer be a waiting line to use a computer."
With the NComputing X300 model, seven users can simultaneously share a single PC, while the company's L-series supports up to 10 users on a PC, 30 on a basic server, and hundreds with a more powerful server. A breakthrough in green computing, NComputing access devices consume as little as 1 watt per user, versus 115 watts for the shared PC. Support costs plummet because fewer PCs are needed and the solid-state NComputing access devices require little or no maintenance.
Mr. Dukker will be speaking about desktop virtualization at Interop Sao Paulo on August 12th and 14th.
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