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VDI Market Begins to Coalesce - NComputing Provides Full Virtual Desktop Platform

NComputing has been quietly evolving its endpoint virtualization solutions into what could be a majorly disruptive broad platform solution. NComputing originally built up their business on the N-series Endpoint thin client hardware supporting Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, and VDI-in-a-Box, but soon realized that what they were doing in firmware they could also do in software.

Now with their vSpace software platform, they've now unlocked the "thin client" from hardware - essentially virtualized it into a vSpace "soft endpoint" client - and combined it with an end-to-end session virtualization vSpace server.  This complete solution brings to market some potential game changing ways of architecting VDI especially for small and mid-market IT organizations.  Today, vSpace can turn any old PC into a highly functional virtual desktop client. This is great for education (think big computer labs) and other verticals saddled with aging client equipment that they would like to gainfully repurpose. With recent additions to vSpace like broader USB device support and partnerships with Imprivata for single sign-on (and N-series to round out capabilities), NComputing is making headway in verticals like hospitals and manufacturing floors where knowledge workers may need to be on the move, accessing multiple types of equipment in various ways.

The real disruption however is on the way - just last month NComputing announced a release of vSpace that supports all the most recent Windows environments including Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. It claims to scale to 1000 desktop sessions per management instance. And the cost is significantly lower than we've seen for other enterprise VDI solutions (compare to XenApp cost and complexity!).

With roadmap items due later this year that should broaden the platform to mobile and distributed worlds, we expect NComputing to round out the enterprise VDI marketplace - well worth your look if you have shied away from Citrix and VMware enterprise level solutions.

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  • Premiered: 08/05/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): Desktop Virtualization VDI NComputing


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