SOURCE: NComputing, Inc.

March 03, 2008 08:00 ET

Historic Budget Cuts Drive California Schools to Stretch Technology Budgets With NComputing Solution

Company Surpasses 15,000 Virtual Desktop Seats in Golden State

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - NComputing, the leading provider of desktop virtualization software and hardware, today announced that it has deployed more than 15,000 virtual PC seats in California. Schools are driving a substantial percentage of that growth as they address the devastating consequences of the proposed 2008-2009 budget cuts. The loss of $750 per student, or about $18,750 per classroom, threatens to move the PC-to-student ratio backwards for the first time ever.

"This was supposed to be the year of education," said state schools superintendent Jack O'Connell during a recent news conference at Prescott School in West Oakland. "I fear this will be the year of education evisceration." While it is unclear at this time how technology budgets will be affected, many of the state's schools were already struggling to provide sufficient computer access to their students, while desperately trying to update aging computers.

A quickly growing number of California schools are finding that NComputing systems dramatically reduce the cost of deploying and maintaining PCs, allowing them to multiply the amount of students' PC access without a larger budget. "More and more school administrators and IT professionals have discovered that our virtual desktop solution lets them multiply computing access without increasing their IT budgets," said Stephen Dukker, chairman and CEO of NComputing. "That means even if technology budgets are cut in half, they can continue to provide the same number of computing seats as before. For this simple reason, NComputing's virtual desktop technology is experiencing rapid adoption as California schools struggle to provide enough computers for their students during this historic budget crisis."

Ramona Unified School District, near San Diego, exemplifies how NComputing is helping schools adapt to the massive budget cuts. The district had purchased refurbished PCs in the past but found that with their limited lifespan, they weren't cost-effective. Ramona USD had also looked at thin clients but found that the cost for server hardware and network bandwidth was prohibitive. After testing and evaluating NComputing's technology, the district deployed 300 seats.

"While we are facing the same budget crisis as other schools in California, we have found NComputing to be a fantastic solution. It has been a great investment for the district and has made a huge impact on our ability to affordably increase the number of computers in each of our schools. Rolling it out has been very easy, too," said Keith Wright, director of information and education services for the Ramona USD. "With the money that's been saved and the reduced demand on its IT staff, the district plans to deploy NComputing devices into every classroom."

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's virtualization software and hardware tap this unused capacity so that it can be simultaneously shared by multiple users. Each user's monitor, keyboard, and mouse connect to the shared PC through a small and very durable NComputing access device. The device itself has no CPU, memory or moving parts like a PC so it is easy to deploy and maintain.

With the NComputing X300, seven students can simultaneously share an entry-level computer, while the company's L-series supports from 10 to hundreds of users, depending on the power of the computer being shared. A breakthrough in green computing, NComputing access devices consume as little as 1 watt per user, versus 115 watts for a PC. Support costs plummet because fewer computers are needed and the solid-state NComputing access devices require little or no maintenance. More than 500,000 NComputing seats have already been deployed by thousands of organizations in over 70 countries, slashing their computing costs by as much as 70% and electric consumption by 90%. Detailed calculators that help potential customers determine their budget, total cost of ownership, and green impact are available on the NComputing's website at www.ncomputing.com/green.

About NComputing, Inc.

Winner of the Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation Award, NComputing, Inc. was founded with the goal of making desktop computing affordable for everyone. Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, NComputing is a privately held virtualization software and hardware company. The company's patented technology drastically lowers desktop computing costs, improves manageability, and reduces both energy consumption and e-waste. Unlike inexpensive laptops such as the OLPC XO, the NComputing solution does not have hidden costs and is supported by a global network that is committed to customer satisfaction. NComputing has offices in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Korea, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States and distributes products to over 70 countries.

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