Stephen A. Dukker
Chairman and CEO, NComputing
What has been the primary philosophy of NComputing in India?
NComputing technology is about reducing and economising on cost. We have worked towards bringing down the purchase cost and operating cost by 75%; the electricity cost by 90% and thereby reinventing the computer. In essence, we understand technology and and have found out that the full potential of computers have not been used.
The NComputing solution is based on a simple fact: today’s PCs are so powerful that the vast majority of applications only use a small fraction of the computer’s capacity.
Could you elaborate more on NComputing’s V space technology?
V space is the software which can be used by any Linux or windows PC to large servers. I would first like to emphasise that 75% of our intellectual property is V space. There are three parts to the NComputing solution: first is the vSpace software, which allows standard Linux and Windows PCs to be shared by multiple simultaneous users. With vSpace, each person runs their own applications, just as if they had their own PC. Software and updates can be found in our Software Download Center (must be a registered user to access).
Second is the UXP communications protocol. UXP is the method by which the desktop images and audio are sent to the access device and how the keyboard and mouse data is sent back to the PC. UXP is highly efficient, and excels at multimedia and audio/video synchronization.
Third are the access devices. They are inexpensive, small, low-power, reliable, durable boxes. On one side they plug into the users’ peripherals (such as the keyboard, monitor and mouse). On the other side, they connect via cables to the shared PC.
Could you explain the benefits of the desktop virtualisation technology?
The NComputing devices only use 1 watt of electricity, so the entire 10-seat computing lab uses 90% less electricity compared to an all-PC lab. Most virtualization technologies are expensive to acquire, implement, and maintain. NComputing is different because we help save money from day one. Our desktop virtualization technology allows up to 30 users to simultaneously use a single computer