Citrix Application Performance Management
NComputing's vSpace Wants to Make Virtualization Simpler
December 10, 2012
When it comes to desktop computing — when it comes to just about anything, really — enterprise users are looking to do two things: make things simpler to manage and make the whole thing cost less overall. NComputing is out to do just that with the introduction of its new vSpace program, a powerful new solution that will make virtualization much easier than it was previously.
NComputing is already having quite a bit of success with its vSpace program, claiming four million seats in production which are in turn supporting 20 million users located in a whopping 140 countries. But a coalition arrangement with Citrix looks to make vSpace even more potent, elevating it from the thin-client level to the full-on enterprise desktop market.
So how does NComputing plan to get in on enterprise desktop with its vSpace system? With vSpace, users will be able to, as NComputing puts it, "quickly deploy and manage desktop virtualization, including vSpace Server software, the User eXtension (UXP) protocol, thin client devices, vSpace client software, centralized management software, and premium support and services." Thanks to three new planks in the vSpace platform — vSpace Server version 7, vSpace Management Center, and vSpace Premium Support and Services — it opens up the opportunity to make virtualization much simpler and cost effective.
First, vSpace Server version 7 gives up to 100 users at a time access to the same Windows or Linux OS instance, and also allows for multiple vSpace instances accessed. It also allows for support for the NComputing Common Management Framework, and smart card support functions as well. Next, vSpace Management Center offers scalability to manage up to 10,000 sessions, complete with multiple instances, as well as a single management facility that can staged entirely inside a browser. Finally, vSpace Premium Support and Services makes the whole thing even easier to work with regular software updates, frequent upgrades, and a variety of information sources designed to help solve any issues that may arise with vSpace.
For those looking to engage in virtualization at the enterprise level, it certainly looks like NComputing is going to go a long way toward making it a lot easier on those doing the job. It's one thing to offer a good quality product, but when they can also offer some pretty sound support services for it as well, that certainly merits a closer examination. Is it for every business? Generally, nothing is. So while it's going to take some individual consideration to find out if it's worth it for each specific business, there's a fair chance that the vSpace line will do the job and then some.
Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO Miami 2013, Jan 29- Feb. 1 in Miami, Florida. Stay in touch with everything happening at ITEXPO (News - Alert). Follow us on Twitter.
Edited by Rich Steeves