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Desktop virtualization vendor NComputing is best known for thin client hardware, but it is now trying to show that its virtualization software isn't too shabby either.
Earlier this month, NComputing released vSpace Server 7, the latest update to its virtual desktop software. The key addition is a Web-based management console, called vSpace Management Center, which significantly boosts NComputing's user capacity compared to previous versions.
NComputing's vSpace software uses the vendor's proprietary User eXtension Protocol (UXP), as well as its hardware and software clients, to deliver virtual Windows and Linux desktops. Where previous versions of vSpace Server could only be managed on a per-instance basis, NComputing can now manage multiple instances of vSpace Server collectively, as a single entity.
Since each instance of vSpace can handle up to 100 virtual desktop users, the extra management capacity could make NComputing an option to a wider range of organizations, Mike Pagani, senior director of product marketing, said in an interview.
"This opens us up to bigger deployments," Pagani told CRN.
Adding extra capacity to vSpace and making it easier to manage is part of NComputing's push to establish itself as a mainstream virtualization player. Already well-established in the education space, NComputing is looking to expand its reach into small and medium-sized businesses.
NComputing has made some progress toward this goal: It currently has some 4 million seats deployed around the world, including some customers with tens of thousands of customers, according to Pagani.
"People have seen us as a thin client vendor targeting education [customers]. We're now using this as a springboard for a broader category of virtualization," Pagani told CRN. "It's not just the devices we've made, but what you can do with the software that can be put on the server to handle centralized management of Windows and apps."
NComputing is also going after the enterprise through a technology partnership with Citrix, which combines its Numo system-on-a-chip technology with HDX, a Citrix technology that optimizes graphics and multimedia performance on virtual desktops and mobile devices.