SOURCE: NComputing, Inc.

March 17, 2008 08:00 ET

NComputing Sales Thrive in Rugged Manufacturing Environments

Durable NComputing Virtual Desktops Now Deployed in More Than 1,000 Manufacturing Locations

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - NComputing, the leading provider of desktop virtualization software and hardware, today announced that it has surpassed 1,000 manufacturing customers, with approximately 25,000 stations deployed. The massive increase in automation applications for manufacturing has been a key driver in NComputing's manufacturing sales growth, as ever more computing devices are placed in harsh production environments. NComputing virtual PCs deliver computing access at unprecedented low costs by sharing the power of a single PC among multiple simultaneous users. And because NComputing devices have no moving parts, CPU or memory, they work reliably where other products fail.

For manufacturers, deploying NComputing drives immediate and significant cost savings as the number of required PCs is cut dramatically. NComputing's centralized approach allows the PC itself to be moved into a protected environment, connected to the virtual PC via standard networks, eliminating the need for costly ruggedized enclosures or components.

"We originally chose NComputing because of the significant cost savings and the solution's ability to run our AS400 applications. Regardless of price, the results have been impressive," said J.R. Muller, network administrator at BLD Products and Sloan Transportation, a manufacturer of emission and engine control products for applications in both automobiles and heavy-duty trucks based in Holland, Michigan. "Our plant is a very unfriendly environment for computers, with brake hose dust everywhere. We've found the sealed NComputing units to be extremely reliable -- in fact, one of our stations was up 95 straight days without a reboot."

The NComputing solution has been successfully deployed in diverse manufacturing environments, worldwide. "The shift to a global economy is driving fierce competition in manufacturing. With margins continually being squeezed, uptime and reliability are critical factors in meeting production goals," said Stephen Dukker, chairman and CEO of NComputing. "Our solution delivers unmatched reliability, while enabling manufacturing customers to quadruple available computing devices without increasing their IT budgets."

Pollmeier, a global market leader in high-quality lumber, operates a high-tech factory in Creuzburg, Germany. The factory generates significant sawdust and continuous vibrations that can dramatically shorten a computer's lifespan. "High availability PCs are critical to the smooth operation of our factories, but we needed a more cost-effective, lower maintenance solution," said Sven Raab, IT administrator for Pollmeier. Pollmeier turned to NComputing, deploying NComputing terminals located throughout the factory with a smaller number of shared PCs protected in the central administration building. "The NComputing solution is a real alternative to industrial PCs in rough industrial environments," added Mr. Raab. "These devices are rock solid and just work."

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 access device itself has no CPU, memory or moving parts like a PC so it is rugged, durable, and easy to deploy and maintain.

With the NComputing X300 model, seven users can simultaneously share a single computer, while the company's L-series supports up to 10 users on a basic computer, 30 on a mid-range system, and hundreds with server virtualization. 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 PCs 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 15,000 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 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.

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