Feeds

NComputing pushes OLPC to one side in Indian schools deal

Microsoft climbs on board education bandwagon

Security for virtualized datacentres

NComputing says it has scored a major coup in India where it will provide virtualisation technology to 5,000 schools in Andhra Pradesh.

The Silicon Valley firm has convinced the Indian state to opt for its range of computing products over Intel’s Classmate PC and One Laptop Per Child’s dinky XO machine.

NComputing said 1.8 millon schoolkids would have access to the new systems. It also reckoned the deployment of the firm’s goods to Andhra Pradesh was the biggest contract it’s ever won in India.

Each of the 5,000 secondary schools will have a ten-seat computing lab with two desktop PCs and eight NComputing machines.

NComputing banged the “eco-friendly” and “low-cost” drums in justifying why the Indian government had chosen the vendor over more obvious candidates such as the XO.

The firm says the Indian state's government will save lots of cash. "At about 70 dollars per seat, our solution is the ideal platform to enable schools, businesses, and governments to maximise their PC investment,"said NComputing chairman and CEO Stephen Dukker.

The company also reckoned Andhra Pradesh will "use 90 per cent less electricity compared to a traditional all-PC solution".

Andhra Pradesh will install 10,000 PCs in the state. Each one will run five virtual machines based on NComputing technology. Acer is supplying the desktops.

"NComputing is proud to have been chosen by Andhra Pradesh to fulfill its vision to improve learning and computer literacy throughout the state," said Dukker.

Microsoft is also set to benefit from the deal, as the computers will run Windows Server and its latest Office suite.

The proprietary software kingpin prefers to see it as way of “enabling affordable access to computing for education,” according to the company’s India chairman and veep, Ravi Venkatesan.®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper
Monsters need to earn a living too
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?
Plus: 'NostrilTime' wristjob vid action
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.