NComputing Puts Its Money On VDI And Microsoft Platforms

Despite some mishaps in the mobile space – many of them self-inflicted – Microsoft still dominates the enterprise desktop, so upgrading vSpace Server (V7.1) software to extend its application and desktop virtualization capabilities to the latest Windows desktop environments (Windows Multipoint Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8) was a no brainer for NComputing. “Customers are telling us this fits right in with the migrations they’re doing for their customers,” said Isidro Gonzalez, Senior Manager, Marketing and Strategy of Virtualization Software.

He said most of them are still on XP, which is scheduled for end of support next year. “It’s an opportunity because they truly have to move to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.”

Claiming more than 50,000 customers and 20 million daily users, NComputing is a major player in the desktop virtualization/thin client markets. It says the global market for hosted virtual desktops is forecasted to increase to nearly $65 billion by the end of this year, and it wants a bigger slice of the pie.

IDC already rates it the third-largest vendor in the enterprise client devices (ECD) hardware market, which includes thin clients and terminal clients, and was worth $1.49 billion last year. NComputing had 16.1% share, behind Wyse (25.4%), now owned by Dell, and HP (26.2%). IDC has forecast unit shipments to grow at over 17% CAGR for the next five years, but the virtual client computing market will grow from $2.3 billion in 2011 to over $3 billion by 2015, with nearly a third of that coming from the centralized virtual desktop market.

Perennially the wallflower at the enterprise desktop app dance, VDI may finally be getting some love this year, at least as far as the mid-market goes. A recent Pivot3 survey found that more than 80% of respondents consider VDI as part of their IT strategy, with reduced costs and faster deployments the key adoption points. A Forrester Research survey reported that the need to support employee access across locations had jumped to the top priority (53%) for driving VDI interest, ahead of previous top issues of increasing manageability (48%), lowering costs (48%), and providing remote access (45%).

In the last three months vSpace Server downloads have crossed 10,000, demonstrating solid market traction by healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, education and other market segments. The new release gives people a way to upgrade to the Windows 2012 experience, tying into the Windows infrastructure that they’ve invested in, said Gonzalez. “We’re allowing people to work from home, work with remote access, bring their own devices… now they all have access to Windows.”

Last year the company added Windows 7 support, but with V7.1, customers can choose either Windows 7 or Windows 8. “We allow them to pick the infrastructure they want and then they can decide if they want to replace the devices at the end point.”

Major new features of vSpace Server 7.1 include:

-support for Windows Multipoint Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, with improved graphics performance and expanded USB peripheral support;

-vSpace Management Center support enables IT administrators to manage and scale virtual desktop deployments to tens of thousands of users through a simple web-based management console; and,

-membership in the NComputing Support and Subscription (SnS) programs is now available for the vSpace Server and vSpace Management Center software products.



Author: Steve Wexler

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