Study Ranks NComputing Best Desktop Solution for the Developing World


Computer Aid International study calls the $70 NComputing solution a ‘magic machine’


REDWOOD CITY, CALIF., April 22, 2009 – NComputing, the world’s leading provider of ultra low-cost computing, today announced that its X300 virtual desktop kit was named the best solution for desktop learning environments by an independent study conducted by Computer Aid International. CAI is a UK-based non-profit organization that distributes refurbished computers to developing nations. They conducted the study to help IT buyers in poor and under-served world economies find the best low-cost, low-power computing solutions.


The NComputing X300 desktop virtualization kit enables up to seven students to share a single PC simultaneously for $70 per seat, each drawing just 1 watt of power, compared to 110 watts for an average PC. The field tests were conducted at three African universities in Kenya (Kenyatta University), Nigeria (University of Jos), and Zimbabwe (National University of Science and Technology).  The universities were chosen based on their expertise in the fields of computer science and ICT.


The NComputing solution is based on a simple fact: today’s PCs are so powerful that the vast majority of applications use only a small fraction of the computer’s capacity. NComputing vSpace virtualization software taps the unused capacity in a PC and shares it among multiple users as if each person had their own computer.


“The NComputing X300 series particularly surprised us for the negligible power drawn by an increased number of users. We are likely to use this magic machine in the near future,” said Zuzul Nampak, Technical Expert at University of Jos in Nigeria, in the study.


The study also quoted Henry Kamau, Technical Expert, Kenyatta University in Kenya, who said, “NComputing is the most fit and viable in learning institutions.”


Building on the global success of the X300, NComputing recently released its next-generation of products. The X350 kit supports seven users on one PC, but it is much faster (with enhanced multimedia performance and full-screen video) than the older X300. The new X550 also has improved performance, plus it supports even more users per PC (eleven). Had the tests been conducted using newer computers, or with the new X350 or X550, the energy savings and cost performance lead over other products would have been even more significant.


The world leader in virtual desktop computing, NComputing’s ultra low-cost computing solution is used by millions of people in more than 40,000 organizations in 140 countries. In Africa, 29 countries including Angola, Algeria, Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe have deployed NComputing solutions in schools, businesses, and government offices.


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