Turns one CPU into multiple workstations
Black Box, a provider of voice communications, data infrastructure and networking products, has introduced new VirtuaCore desktop virtualisation computer sharing system.
The new VirtuaCore offering turns one CPU into multiple workstations by leveraging the capacity of a single, high-power dual- or quad-core processor to serve two or four individual users, the company said.
The VirtuaCore system, which is cross-compatible with Windows 7, XP, and 2000, and Windows Vista OS, uses a virtual machine-style technology and segments a dual-core processor into two separate, independent drives controlled by two individual keyboards, mice, and monitors.
The quad-core version provisions a single machine into four individual drives providing full functionality for four users sharing the same CPU tower, each with a separate monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
VirtuaCore is expected to make IT management fast and easy, allowing updates and software patches to be replicated across each individually provisioned drive, instead of requiring a time-consuming manual installation on each drive.
Black Box product manager Mike McCurry said the new offering expands access to CPU resources for multiple users without the cost of investing in separate machines for each individual.
"It saves space and hardware costs, and lowers energy consumption by about 70% , which is important for companies and organisations that want to reduce their carbon footprint," McCurry said.