Desktop Virtualization is Becoming Mainstream

Friday, March 18, 2011

Rahul Neel Mani

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Manish Sharma, Vice President, APAC, NComputing talks to Varun Aggarwal about the company’s focus on the enterprise visualization space

Q: While NComputing has been able to grab some large projects in the education sector, the enterprise segment is a completely different ball game. How do you plan to compete with companies such as VMware and Citrix in this market?

A: While we established our credentials in education early, and lead in the sector, we also already have a strong presence in enterprise and public sector organizations. In fact, we’re involved in what is arguably the world’s largest cloud and virtualization deployment – here in India - with ESIC (The employee State insurance Corporation) comprising some 30,000  NComputing virtual desktops.

While enterprise is very different from education, it faces similar challenges: managing the high cost of desktop computing from acquisition through life cycle and replacement; providing employees with desktop access to applications and information for maximum productivity; ensuring integrity and security of information; and, of course, ease of management. Desktop virtualization solves many of these challenges.

Regardless of whether the impetus is to move from paper-based systems or to solve the problems of legacy PC infrastructures, our desktop virtualization significantly reduces cost of acquisition (up to 75 percent lower cost) compared to legacy PCs. it also vastly reduces ongoing support costs (up to 75 percent reduction in support and maintenance), and massively reduced  energy costs (up to 90 percent lower energy requirement).

These strategic ROI advantages are delivered without any trade-off in performance. Moreover, because there is no data residing on the virtualized client side, and all application rights and user permissions are maintained centrally, security and data protection are significantly enhanced. our solutions are very well placed for broad adoption in enterprise – both at the large enterprise and SMB environments.

Our competitive challenge does not lie with VMware and Citrix; in fact we complement and extend virtualized server environments; so their growth and success helps our growth and success. Our virtualization software, vSpace, enables enterprises to optimize virtual desktop deployments by providing multiple end users with simultaneous access to a single operating system instance of either Windows or Linux. It not only integrates into virtualization server deployments based on VMware, Citrix and Microsoft offerings, but can also extend their value by changing the typical virtual desktop structure from one user per virtual machine to thirty users.

Q: What opportunity do you see in the desktop virtualization space in India? What kind of growth do you expect in the near future?

A: NComputing was founded with the goal of making desktop virtualization affordable for everyone. Since its inception, the company has been redefining the economics of desktop computing. Although the overall market for virtualization in India is nascent, desktop virtualization is emerging as one of the major technology trends in enterprise, government and education.

The huge economic advantage in both cost of acquisition and ongoing maintenance of desktop virtualization is propelling the technology towards mainstream. Moreover organizations are increasingly aware of their environmental footprint and are deploying virtualization as a tool to reduce power utilization and computing waste. In fact, India is leading the world in large scale desktop virtualization deployments.

In less than 3 years, we have deployed over 3, 50, 000 virtual desktops in Indian subcontinent. As far as future growth is concerned, we will continue to lead in the education vertical and play an increasingly important role as a key technology partner to business through-out India.

Q: What are the key eco-friendly technologies that are creating an impact on computing devices?

A: From the perspective of NComputing’s technology, our virtual desktop devices create truly green computing environments. For example our devices produce vastly less e-waste than PCs and use up to 90% less energy. Research shows that more than $250 billion worth of energy per year is spent on powering computers around the world. As organizations search for practical and immediate ways to save money and reduce the IT impact on global climate change, they are increasingly turning to NComputing virtual PCs.

Other examples include server consolidation through virtualization (can typically cut number of servers and hence electricity usage by 20-40%), LCD monitors (use 80% less electricity compared to traditional CRTs), Solar charging laptops and mobile devices (solar is build into the shell), fuel cell batteries for laptops, low-cost solar and wind-based generators for remote locations and cloud computing.

Q: What are the key technologies you'd be focusing on when it comes to enterprise computing in 2011?

A: We are rolling out a vertical market solution strategy this year. This vertical market strategy will comprise out-of-the-box solutions based on NComputing virtual access devices and vSpace virtualization software together with fully integrated and pre-configured software, hardware, peripherals and OS environment. So that all a business needs to do is literally take it out of the box and go.

We will also extend Windows platform support to include 64-bit support with vSpace, our desktop virtualization software. This will deliver greater efficiency of CPU resources and accelerated graphic and video application performance to give a complete PC-like experience. It will also provide a simple and seamless upgrade path from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008r2 64-bit.

This enhancement means we will offer the industry’s broadest platform support which enables customers to harness all the performance and cost advantages of desktop virtualization in heterogeneous environments with significantly less management and IT support requirements.

Cross-posted from CTO Forum

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