Enterprise Networking: NComputing M300 Combines VDI, Thin Clients to Deliver PC Experience

By Frank Ohlhorst  |  Posted 2012-04-19 Print this article Print
Ncomputing Offers a Trifecta of PCs Using Thin Clients

Ncomputing Offers a Trifecta of PCs Using Thin Clients

NComputing offers a simple analogy for maximizing thin-client density by using one PC to support up to three additional PC implementations.
A virtual desktop infrastructure seems to be in the cards for many IT pros looking to reduce the growing costs associated with deploying and managing commodity desktops. However, VDI-based products tend to be complex, requiring significant management skills and usually require the purchase of additional technologies from multiple vendors. What's more, the cost per virtual PC can often exceed the cost of traditional desktop PCs, making VDI technology less economical in the short term, at least for smaller workgroups. NComputing shifts the focus from VDI back to thin-client computing with its M300 kit, which combines three thin-client devices with virtualization software to deliver the PC experience over an Ethernet network. NComputing's latest take on thin-client computing combines the advantages of VDI (virtualization, central management and low-cost endpoints) with the advantages of thin clients (shared host computers, server-based computing, low power usage, easy provisioning) to create a unique way to reduce the cost of deploying PCs, without introducing complexity into smaller workgroups. Designed to support workgroups with as many as 45 users, the M300 provides everything needed for smaller networks to hop onto the hosted computing/VDI bandwagon. With an MSRP of $499, the M300 kit delivers three computers for less than the cost of one.
Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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