With server virtualisation already enjoying noteworthy adoption, it will be safe to say that virtualisation on the desktop will see the same success as it also offers equally impressive benefits. Like its data centre counterpart, desktop virtualisation presents substantial power and cost savings, ease-of-management and drives down on-site support and maintenance costs.
According to market research firm Gartner, desktop virtualisation will move toward mainstream usage by 2010 while a Forrester Research survey cites that costs, security and manageability will be the main drivers behind desktop virtualisation.
NCSolutions' NComputing L-Series of L230 terminals represent the next evolution in the virtual thin client model, enabling as many as 30 users to simultaneously run virtualised desktop Windows and Linux sessions from an entry level PC or server.
"The new L230 terminal, offers numerous benefits in desktop virtualisation using 'quiet devices' that reduce the cost of desktop use by as much as 70% and electric consumption by 90%," says Sean Owen-Jones, MD of NCSolutions.
The L230, the latest model in the series, offers a truly green alternative to desktops with each terminal running at an eco-friendly 5 Watts of power which is significantly less than the average 280 Watts consumed by standard PCs.
Furthermore, the terminals save up to 70% of the traditional expenses associated with equipping end users which PCs – maintenance and support costs are also dramatically reduced as only the host PC has to be maintained and upgraded as well as offering better graphics than traditional thin clients.
"The L-Series terminals provide each user with the full PC experience at a fraction of the cost and power usage," adds Owen-Jones.
The L230 includes enhanced features such as a smaller chassis (1" tall and 4.5" square) which can be easily mounted onto the back of an LCD monitor using the supplied VESA mount brackets; a microphone port; and improved graphics performance (24-bit) with enhanced colour depth and widescreen, plus a USB port for flash memory devices.
The L-Series is optimised for a multitude of markets that include: Corporate; education; SoHos and SMBs; manufacturing; digital signage; and conferencing. For example, at a recent World Trade Organisation conference, NComputing set-up 500 virtual PCs with L230 terminals running off 200 PCs, cutting power usage by 95% and acquisition by 80%.
Like its predecessors, L230 terminals connect to the host PC or server via an Ethernet network, running user applications concurrently and independently. Additionally, each user has an individual terminal that connects to a standard monitor, keyboard and mouse.
The product has proven extremely popular in digital signage environments such as banking halls, airport and the like. Previously, each display would require connectivity its own PC but with the L230 terminal, up to 30 displays, each with a terminal hooked off the back of it, can display different messages with connectivity to a single PC.
Utilising the platform-agnostic virtual terminal services software, users working on the terminals can seamlessly and simultaneously share most applications residing on the host machine, including Web browsers, IM programs, office applications, and basic multimedia applications such as streaming video and Flash among others.
The L-Series L230 includes the following benefits:
* Share one host PC / server with up to 30 users;
* Dramatically reduces acquisition, maintenance and support costs;
* Easy to set-up, maintain and secure;
* Connects to host PC / server via Static / DHCP IP Ethernet;
* Supports Windows and Linux;
* Compact, reliable and energy-efficient (no moving parts or on board OS);
* Requires zero maintenance..
The L230 terminals are also compatible with offerings such as Windows Terminal Services, VMware or Citrix.