SOURCE: NComputing, Inc.
September 17, 2007 04:00 ET
NComputing Changes Economics of PC Access Worldwide
Company Ships Over 500,000 Seats Less Than Two Years After Introducing Revolutionary Virtual PC Solutions; Rapid Adoption in Both Underserved and Business Markets Globally
REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2007) - NComputing, Inc., provider of the world's
most affordable solutions for PC access, today announced dramatic growth in
adoption of its breakthrough systems for multi-user PC computing. With
schools, government organizations and businesses worldwide turning to the
company's new model for affordable, energy-efficient computing, NComputing
has sold over 500,000 PC access terminals around the world -- less than two
years after introducing its new technology to the marketplace.
NComputing fundamentally changes the economics of desktop computing, and
thereby allows mass, underserved markets -- including education and
developing countries -- to more fully participate in the benefits of PCs.
Most experts agree there are approximately one billion people worldwide who
currently do not have access to a PC, but would use one if it were more
affordable. NComputing is gaining rapid adoption in these under-resourced
markets. At the same time, the company's technology is providing an
exciting new alternative for small and large businesses around the world.
"At NComputing, we envision a world in which every person and organization
that wants 1-to-1 access to a PC can finally afford it," said CEO and
President Stephen Dukker. "We believe the world's next billion users will
only achieve this dream through multi-user solutions that dramatically
reduce costs and complexity, while also delivering a complete computing
experience. NComputing is at the forefront of the shift to multi-user PC
computing. Customers who otherwise could not afford widespread access to
PCs already use our virtual PC technology in more than 70 countries
throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and
A Revolutionary Idea -- Share the Power
NComputing's rapid growth stems from its unique ability to resolve a
fundamental contradiction in today's PC marketplace. While there are not
enough individual computers to go around, there's a surplus of computing
power on desktops worldwide. In fact, today's standard PC can run many
basic applications and still utilize less than 10 percent of its capacity.
NComputing's technology shares the tremendous power of today's PCs among
multiple users via low-cost virtual PCs -- connected to standard monitors,
keyboards, and mice -- at a cost of as little as $70 per seat. Both
Windows and Linux operating systems are supported, and users get a rich,
highly satisfying experience, including full-screen, full-motion video.
NComputing's X300 systems enable up to seven users to simultaneously share
a single PC. The company's L-series supports up to 10 users on a PC, 30 on
a basic server, and hundreds with a more powerful server. The systems are
easy and low-cost to deploy and maintain, and are highly energy efficient.
NComputing terminals consume only about 1 watt per user, versus 115 watts
for a standard PC. Because fewer PCs are needed, support costs plummet,
while the solid-state NComputing terminals themselves require little or no
NComputing in Education
Schools, which represent a major underserved market for computers, have
been at the forefront of NComputing system adoption. Thousands of schools
in more than dozens of countries worldwide have purchased NComputing
products over the past 18 months in order to give students greater
individual access to PCs. More than 200,000 seats have been deployed in
U.S. schools alone, multiplying access and accelerating computer education.
In North Carolina, for example, NComputing systems are deployed in 19
districts, supporting more than 10,000 students at a net savings of $4
Scott Smith, director of instructional technology for the Visalia Unified
School District in Tulare County, California, is among many school
educators and administrators who have experienced the advantage of
multi-user PC access through NComputing technology.
"I had guarded expectations, but this is one of the few innovative products
we have deployed that has gone by the book," said Smith. "Our students
don't even know they're using a shared system because of the rich PC
experience of NComputing."
NComputing also announced today that more than 80,000 NComputing
workstation seats are being deployed in every public school throughout the
Republic of Macedonia. Macedonia's so-called "Computer for Every Child"
project is one of the most ambitious national undertakings ever to
standardize every school around a single technology platform.
NComputing in the Developing World
NComputing technology is being deployed throughout the developing world to
bring PC computing to schools, hospitals, libraries, government agencies,
businesses, villages and large cities that otherwise would have difficulty
affording them. Almost half of all NComputing systems sold have been
deployed in developing countries.
South Africa's Western Cape School System, which serves more than one
million children in its K-12 schools, is using NComputing systems to
provide greater PC access and bridge the Digital Divide in their region.
The district's ambitious "Khanya" project is designed to provide computer
education to all students in the district. NComputing systems are being
integrated into existing computer laboratories to provide far more
workstations at a fraction of the cost.
In Istanbul, Turkey, the Avcilar Hospital uses NComputing to provide
computing access to all doctors, nurses, and administrators. "We
immediately saw that it could be installed quickly and simply. Maintaining
the system was also easy. And of course the cost was significantly less
than a regular PC," said Mr. Ersin Soygüzel, manager of Avcilar Hospital's
NComputing in the Enterprise
The value of NComputing's multi-user systems extends well-beyond schools
and developing countries. Their ability to provide affordable access to
computing resources, dramatically cut installation and maintenance costs,
slash energy consumption, and also offer a full PC experience, has made
NComputing a growing choice among businesses, both large and small.
Northern California's Valley Yellow Pages is the third largest independent
publisher in the nation. When the company needed to provide computing
access to more than 500 account executives working from sales offices
throughout California, they turned to NComputing for general office and
graphics applications, web access to email, and use of in-house sales
management software. The NComputing system gave computing access to each
account executive, ensuring a differentiated and competitive directory
product. "The NComputing terminals are affordable, reliable, easy to deploy
and add very little administrative overhead," said Bill Wynne, Technical
Support, Supervisor at Valley Yellow Pages.
The World Trade Organization deployed 500 NComputing units with 200 PCs at
its annual conference in Hong Kong. In total, 700 stations were available
for 11,000 delegates meeting at the convention, enabling Internet and
conference information access for organizers, delegates, and press. The
system was installed quickly, functioned flawlessly and cut electrical use
95 percent -- saving 80 percent on computer acquisition costs for the
Strong Management Team
NComputing is guided by CEO Stephen Dukker, the visionary former CEO of
eMachines who propelled that company to nearly a $1 billion in revenue in
its first year, making eMachines one of the largest manufacturers of
personal computers in North America. NComputing shows a tremendous momentum
of its own as it addresses a pent-up reservoir of global demand through
both direct sales and a rapidly growing network of resellers and
distributors. The company holds a powerful patent portfolio on its
innovative hardware and software, maintaining product development centers
in Korea, Germany, Poland and Russia. President and COO Young Song is
continuing the successful relationship that began when he and Dukker
co-founded eMachines. Klaus Maier, also a co-founder, is the innovator of
the multi-user terminal architecture and concepts fundamental to NComputing
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