SOURCE: NComputing, Inc.
September 17, 2007 04:00 ET
Macedonia Becomes First Nation to Provide Computer Workstations for Every Student
NComputing's Breakthrough Virtual PC Technology Enables 180,000 Low-Cost Workstations on Classroom Desktops Nationwide
REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2007) - NComputing, provider of the world's most
affordable solutions for PC access, today announced that its multi-user
virtual desktop software and low-cost virtual PC terminals will be used to
equip every school child in the Republic of Macedonia with a rich
individual computer experience. The most ambitious national undertaking
ever to standardize all schools around a single technology platform, the
"Computer for Every Child" project of the Macedonia Ministry of Education
and Science will deploy 180,000 NComputing-enabled workstation seats,
enough to provide virtually every elementary and secondary school student
in the nation with his or her own classroom computing device.
NComputing's multi-user virtual desktop software and low-cost virtual PC
terminals, along with supporting Linux-based PCs, were proven in Macedonia
tests to deliver a rich PC experience at less than half the cost of any
other proposed solution, including low-cost desktop and laptop PCs and
other thin client options, according to Ivo Ivanovski, Macedonia's Minister
for the Information Society. Huge additional advantages in reduced
maintenance and replacement costs made the choice of NComputing even more
compelling. With half the students attending school in the morning, and
half attending in the afternoon, 180,000 workstations will provide a 1-to-1
computing experience -- one virtual PC at each student's desk -- for the
country's entire public school student population.
"The Computer for Every Child initiative is the largest and most important
education project undertaken in the 15-year history of the Republic of
Macedonia," according to Ivanovsky. "Our goal is to build a
knowledge-based economy in which our entire workforce is educated in using
information and communication technology within the next five years. Yet,
like most school systems around the world, Macedonia's education system has
limited financial and infrastructural resources to address this challenge.
By adopting NComputing's low-cost virtual PC technology, Macedonia is
taking the lead in providing computer-based education for school children."
"We at NComputing believe that providing PC access to the next billion
users -- those who cannot afford the cost of an individual PC -- is the
single biggest challenge facing our industry today. Perhaps the most
important segment of this under-served mass market is school children,
including students in the United States and other developed countries, as
well as those in developing nations," said Stephen Dukker, Chairman and CEO
of NComputing. "We're gratified that NComputing's technology can be an
important part of the solution in Macedonia and around the world."
NComputing's corporate mission is to provide affordable PC access to
under-resourced markets around the world, including schools and users in
developing and developed countries. The company's revolutionary technology
allows a single PC to be shared by multiple simultaneous users -- each
running their own applications. Setup is simple, and begins with software
on the shared PC that creates multiple virtual user desktops. Standard
monitors, keyboards and mice then plug into very low-cost, highly reliable
virtual PCs (also known as access terminals). As a major leap forward in
green computing, NComputing solutions draw between one and five watts of
power for each added user, versus 115 for a typical PC. Neither IT staff
nor end users require special training, and the system is compatible with
Windows, Linux and standard PC applications. Pricing is as low as $70 per
With NComputing's X300, up to seven users can simultaneously share a single
PC. The cost and power savings are critical in school deployments,
including in Macedonia, because budgets and electricity are often limited.
Macedonia also chose NComputing's technology because maintenance and
replacement costs are a fraction of what they are for traditional PC
deployments. NComputing's solid-state virtual PC terminals have no moving
parts and require little or no maintenance, so the principal maintenance
costs follow only the shared PCs and monitors. In addition, in an upgrade
cycle to newer PCs, only the PCs themselves, not the virtual PC terminals,
need to be replaced.
Through a global network of resellers, NComputing also offers the L-series,
which connects via Ethernet at any distance from a shared PC or server on
either Local Area Networks or over the Internet. The number of L-series
virtual PCs supported is limited only by the power of the shared PC.
Hundreds can be supported on virtualized servers.
When completed, Macedonia's Computer for Every Child initiative will have
deployed approximately 160,000 NComputing virtual PC terminals and 20,000
NComputing-enabled PCs (which each also support a student on the attached
monitor) running the Ubuntu Linux-based operating system. The Haier
Company, a diversified manufacturer and PC maker, and one of China's
largest and most respected companies, won the contract for procurement and
installation. The project will enable a range of innovative educational
programs, including interactive web-based classes in which specialized
experts teach lessons in such areas as mathematics, biology, chemistry and
physics to multiple schools and classrooms around the country.
NComputing's multi-user system software and low-cost virtual PC terminals
represent the next generation of thin computing, in which multi-user
computing finally becomes affordable and accessible, and the
user-experience equals that of a dedicated PC. The Macedonia project is at
the same time, the largest known thin client and desktop Linux deployment
"This project would not have been possible 5 years ago," said Ivanovski.
"Today's least expensive desktop PCs are so powerful we use less than 10%
of their capacity and NComputing's technology puts this wasted power to
In a brief 18 months after starting active shipments, NComputing has sold
more than 500,000 seats, including more than 200,000 to U.S. schools,
providing technology that addresses the needs of under-served markets
worldwide, as well as those of small business and enterprise customers. The
company's technology is being sold and deployed in more than 80 countries
-- including thousands of schools, corporate and small business offices,
and villages and cities in Africa, Europe, Asia and South America.
About NComputing, Inc.
Founded with the goal of making computing affordable for everyone,
NComputing, Inc. is a privately held software and hardware technology
design and manufacturing company with offices in Australia, Canada, China,
Germany, India, Korea, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United
States. Headquartered in Redwood City, CA, the company's patented
technologies drastically lower costs, improve manageability and reduce
energy consumption. The current product lines deliver virtual PC computing
solutions that are as low as $70 per user, affordable enough for even the
smallest organization yet powerful enough for enterprise-scale