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Round-up 2010: Best of electronics, telecom and technology

December 28, 2010 5 comments

Year 2010 has been a good year for the global electronics industry, rather, the technology industry, coming right after a couple of years of recession. Well, it is time to look back on 2010 and see the good, bad and ugly sides, if any, of electronics, telecom and technology.

Presenting my list of top posts for 2010 from these three segments.

ELECTRONICS

Electronics for energy efficient powertrain

Photonics rocks in India @ APW 2010, Cochin!

Plastic Logic’s QUE proReader looks to mean business!

Growing Indian power electronics market provides host of opportunities

Philips focuses on how interoperability, content sharing drive CE devices!

Apple never ceases to amaze!

Is this a war of tablets, or Apple OS vs. Google Android?

India needs to become major hardware player!

Roundup of day 2 @ Electronica India 2010

Strategic roadmap for electronics enabling energy efficient usage: Venkat Rajaraman, Su-Kam

NI stresses on innovation, launches LabVIEW 2010!

What’s Farnell (element14) up to? And, semicon equipment bubble burst? Whoa!!

Bluetooth set as short range wireless standard for smart energy!

View 3D TV, without glasses, today!

Indian medical electronics equipment industry to grow at 17 percent CAGR over next five years: ISA

Top 10 electronics industry trends for 2011

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

LTE will see larger deployments, higher volumes than WiMAX!

LTE should benefit from WiMAX beachhead!

Context-aware traffic mediation software could help telcos manage data tsunami: Openwave

Mobile WiMAX deployment and migration/upgrade strategies

Upgrade to WiMAX 2 uncertain as TD-LTE gains in momentum!

Tejas celebrates 10 years with new products for 3G/BWA backhaul

Focus on gyroscopes for mobile phone apps: Yole

Bluetooth low energy should contribute to WSN via remote monitoring

INSIDE Contactless unveils SecuRead NFC solution for mobile handset market

How are femtocells enhancing CDMA networks?

Top 10 telecom industry trends for 2011

TECHNOLOGY

Symantec’s Internet threat security report on India has few surprises!

Epic — first ever web browser for India, from India!

Norton cybercrime report: Time to take back your Internet from cybercriminals!

NComputing bets big on desktop virtualization

Brocade launches VDX switches for virtualized, cloud-optimized data centers

It isn’t an easy job tracking so many different segments! 🙂 I will try and do better than this next year!

Best wishes for a very, very happy and prosperous 2011! 🙂

NComputing bets big on desktop virtualization

September 29, 2010 1 comment

NComputing, the virtual desktop company, has 2.5 million virtual desktops deployed, and boasts over 100,000 customers across 140+ countries.

Jim McHugh, senior VP, Global Marketing, NComputing, said that the desktop is now evolving with applications. Also, software applications are evolving away from the PC. Server virtualization had taken off a few years ago. Now, it is the time for desktop virtualization. Time for the CIOs to become rock stars all over again!

So, what is NComputing’s desktop strategy? Well, the first is to replace full PCs at each desk with simple access devices that connect to virtual desktops running on central PCs or servers.

NComputing’s vSpace desktop virtualization software divides a computer’s resources into independent virtual workspaces that give each user his or her own rich PC experience. vSpace handles the desktop display and remote activities from the user’s keyboard and mouse (through the access device). Multiple users simultaneous access a single operating system, either Windows or Linux.

“Our vSpace software creates multiple user workspaces in the OS. We provide heterogenous platform support — Windows and Linux,” McHugh added. There are three virtualization infrastructure options — VMWare, Microsoft and Citrix.

NComputing provides three ways to connect by way of access devices. These are:

L-series (Ethernet): The NComputing solution separates a desktop PC environment from a physical machine to create a client-server computing model. That is, a user’s desktop is hosted remotely and accessed via a access device over the network. A user no longer has a physical PC. It can connect up to 30 users on a single computer!

U-series (USB): The revolutionary new U-series are the simplest of all to connect, because they simply plug into standard USB ports. There are no network switches to buy and no PCI cards to install. For smaller installations, the NComputing U-series are simplest and quickest to install. I think that 2-5 users can connect using this.

X-series (PCI card): The NComputing X-series connects through a PCI card installed into the shared PC. This direct connection doesn’t use a network, so multimedia performance is superb. Ideal when the users are in the same room as the shared computer. Eleven people can share a single system.

The software and devices are easy to set up and secure. They help cut PC acquisition costs. These work with standard software and peripherals. Also, they save space/resources >90 percent.

As for the vSpace software itself, no specialized hardware is required. It virtualizes only the core components required. It dynamically detects, compresses and accelerates multimedia. Finally, it is hardware agnostic.

Seems these are good solutions for enterprises, SMEs, branch offices, education, emerging markets and tough environments — such as factories, call centers, healthcare, etc. NComputing typically looks at four types of enterprise deployments — express VDI, enhanced VDI, VDI with connection brokering and integration with published applications (Citrix).

In India, NComputing has a great success story in ESIC (Employee State Insurance Co.). NComputing has done 31,000 stations in over 2,000 locations along with Wipro. Some other success stories include Macedonia — the world’s largest deployment of access devices — 200,000 student seats, and the Obama 2008 campaign.

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