Monday, October 13, 2008

Andhra government places massive contract with Ncomputing

By Khabrein.Info Correspondent,

New Delhi, Oct 14, 2008: Andhra Pradesh (AP) government has placed a massive contract with Ncomputing to supply 5,000-school educational computing initiatives Per VentureBeat. The government in this South Indian state aims to provide computing access to a mammoth 1.8 million kids across the state.

NComputing is a US-based company that sells terminal workstations that run Ubuntu and Windows Server 2003 applications off the host PC. Their products have proved especially useful in schools in developing and developed nations alike. In some cases these products compete with alternatives such as One Laptop per Child's X-O and Intel Corporation's Classmate PC, while in other cases these products can coexist in the same market. These products have also been used in businesses and hospitals. NComputing is very rapidly growing company. As of Q3, 2008, the company has sold more than one million terminals across the globe. NComputing has deployments in more than 90 countries. The companies success is based upon the ability to provide an alternative to costly, power hungry computers. NComputing’s access terminals consume 1-5 Watts of power, compared to the average 120W's of a desktop computer. The power savings alone is so substantial that the upfront cost of the terminals will likely be offset off in 1-2 years of use.

It is estimated that by leveraging NComputing, the government expects to save $20 million in up-front and ongoing costs. The government will also use 90% less electricity compared to a traditional all-PC solution.

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 the computer’s capacity. NComputing technology creates multiple virtual desktops on a single PC so that many users can tap the unused capacity and share it as if each person had their own computer. Andhra Pradesh chose the NComputing X300 solution, which enables up to seven users to simultaneously share one PC.
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