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