Desktop virtualisation in Africa

Desktop Virtualisation

Desktop virtualisation firm NComputing this week released a statement on its updated vSpace Server, which includse added support for the latest Windows environments.

What the California-based company didn’t mention was its work with African educators and governments in providing desktop virtualisation software to teachers and students.

Their small black boxes, which fit on the back of computer monitors and enable one PC per school to be shared by up to 100 users, are active across the continent including South Africa, Kenya Tanzania among other countries.

Mark Pilgrim, VP of NComputing, yesterday told me how these devices are more useful than a lot of other technology that has been dumped in Africa.

"They operate at a third of the cost of a PC and can save 90% on energy," he said.

They are also less susceptible to dirt and theft, easier to dispose of compared to PCs and there is also no need for expert onsite support.

 

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