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NComputing virtual desktops

NComputing virtual desktops

17th January, 2011

In our last blog entry, we predicted what the trend for technology would be for 2011. I received an email from one of our partners, pointing out that we had left out an important prediction of NComputing.

Who is NComputing?

NComputing is a company that provides virtual desktop solutions with 20 million daily users in 140 countries. The company’s solution lowers desktop computing costs, improves manageability, and reduces both energy consumption and e-waste. It is the perfect solution for leveraging the power and potential of PCs.

What changes makes NComputing attractive?

There are number of reasons for considering the NComputing solutions:

  • Up to 75% savings on the cost of a traditional PC;
  • Up to 90% savings on the management cost of a PC;
  • The ever increasing price of electricity makes the NComputing’s 95% energy saving on a traditional PC highly desirable;
  • The ever increasing power of the personal computer enables one computer to be shared by up to 30 concurrent users;
  • The expected life of 10 years for a device makes it much more long lived than the traditional PC;
  • If the PC is situated in an inhospitable environment, where the fans draw in materials which are not conducive to the operation of electrical circuits then the fan-less NComputing devices may be appropriate.

What options are available?

L300 product shot

L300 LAN connected device

There are three different series available:

  1. The L series are the Lan connected devices (Ethernet connected). As an example the L300, connects to a server running the vSpace virtualisation application. vSpace will run on the following 32 bit or 64 bit operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2;
    • Microsoft Windows Multipoint server;
    • Ubuntu;

    Small Business Server is not supported.
    Depending on the capability of the server and the application which are to run on the server, up to 30 L300 can be supported.

  2. The U series are the USB attached devices. The maximum numbers of U series devices per pc are 9 plus the monitor attached to the pc itself.
  3. The X series are the PCI attached devices. These devices are connected through a PCI installed card and up to eleven users can share the PC.

What other considerations must I be aware of?

One import consideration that needs to be reviewed, especially if Microsoft Windows is being used, is the licensing implication of each of the virtual desktops. A review of Microsoft’s Licensing as it applies to NComputing virtualisation will provide an understanding of the total costs.

Who are the best candidates to use the NComputing solutions?

Any computer that does not need application processing locally (i.e. acting as a terminal) is a candidate to be replaced by a NComputing device. Examples include:

  • Catalogue enquiries as in a library;
  • Order entry systems;
  • Academic classes;
  • Call centres;
  • Internet browser lookups;
  • Applications which are run on a server and accessed via a terminal.

There are a number of success stories which further elaborate on these examples.

More information

If you want to know more information and whether your requirements are a good match for a NComputing solution? Give Computer Troubleshooters – Parramatta a call on (02) 8208 3415 for a no obligation discussion on whether NComputing is appropriate for you.