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NComputing Deployment Wins Prestigious Award for Social Impact

  • 22 July, 2009 11:30

<p><em>PCQuest honors Indian state of Andhra Pradesh for using NComputing to empower
1.8 million students with computers<br/>
</em><strong>Redwood City, Calif., July 20, 2009</strong> - NComputing, the world’s
leading provider of ultra low-cost computing, today announced that the Andhra
Pradesh (India) government was honored for the social impact of its 5,000-school
computing program. Andhra Pradesh is the largest and most populous state in South
India, and its government has earned a reputation as a leader in using technology
for economic and social development.<br/>
A distinguished panel of industry executives, government officials, and technology
journalists selected Andhra Pradesh (AP) and their use of NComputing. Winner of
the PCQuest Best IT Implementation of the Year award, the educational computing
program provides computer labs in rural government schools and was cited for its
maximum social impact. Award panel members included the Deputy Director General
of India’s National Informatics Centre, the CIO of Ernst &amp; Young, the
head of Wipro’s Government unit, the former CEO of Reliance Infosolutions,
and the Chairman and President of CyberMedia.<br/>
The AP program required outfitting 5,000 schools across the state with computer
labs to teach computer skills and prepare the students for the digital economy.
The government needed a computing technology that was affordable, simple to install,
and easy to maintain. “The NComputing solution was chosen after multiple
stages of deliberations,” stated Mr. Suresh Chanda, IT Secretary of Andhra
Pradesh. “Many factors like long-term sustainability, power saving, infrastructure
costs and scale were considered and we are pleased that computing access has been
created for 1.8 million students around the state, most of whom have never had
the opportunity to even touch a computer.”<br/>
The NComputing solution is based on a simple fact: today’s PCs are so powerful
that the vast majority of applications use only a small fraction of the computer’s
capacity. NComputing taps the unused capacity in a PC and shares it among multiple
users as if each person had their own computer. Each person enjoys a full PC experience
by connecting their own monitor, keyboard, and mouse to an NComputing access device,
which is then connected to the shared PC. The access devices snap into place in
seconds, are almost impossible to break, and save on maintenance costs because
only the shared PC requires ongoing service or upgrading.<br/>
The AP Government estimates it saved 50 percent in computer equipment and will
save 70 percent in support and maintenance. Electricity is limited or unreliable
at many of the schools, which are located in some of the most remote parts of
the state and rely on generators to run the computer labs. The NComputing solution
uses just 1 watt of electricity, making it a model for sustainable, energy-efficient
computing for regions of the world where access to power is too expensive, unpredictable,
or non-existent.<br/>
“The government Andhra Pradesh deserves considerable recognition for its
ambitious initiative to equip its schools with 21st century educational tools
and its foresight in selecting NComputing,” said Stephen Dukker, chairman
and CEO of NComputing. “Our solution has proven time and again to save organizations
in up-front acquisition costs as well as long-term operations and maintenance
NComputing has been recognized for its role in bringing truly affordable computing
to schools, businesses, governments, hospitals, and factories. Since introducing
the award-winning virtual desktop technology two years ago, NComputing has emerged
as the market leader with nearly two million seats sold in over 140 countries.
The PCQuest award is the latest of many industry accolades, including the Wall
Street Journal Technology Innovation award, the Gartner Cool Vendor Award, the
Frost and Sullivan Green Computing award, as well as numerous awards from CES,
Deloitte, CeBit, and ExpoComm.<br/>
<strong>About NComputing, Inc.</strong><br/>
NComputing, Inc. is the fastest growing desktop virtualization company in the
world with nearly two million seats sold in more than 140 countries. The company's
award-winning, patented technology lowers desktop computing costs, improves manageability,
and reduces both energy consumption and e-waste. It is the perfect solution for
leveraging the power and potential of PCs and cloud computing. For more information,
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<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
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