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  • Everyone recognizes the importance of computers, the internet and software to complement the learning process. And we all agree that computer literacy is essential to students as they prepare for higher learning and eventually joining the job market. As an IT manager and administrator, you are responsible for delivering a computer infrastructure to students, faculty and the administrative staff.
  • NComputing has a revolutionary solution for your school/district. We call it the $70 desktop, and it has already been deployed by thousands of schools across the United States.
  • And that’s exactly what we do. NComputing has developed software and hardware that takes an ordinary PC and allows it to be shared by many users. Each user has their own keyboard, monitor, mouse and speakers Each user has their own applications Each user has their own preferences and settings and data files But all of the computing happens on the shared PC. You have just one system to manage, one system to backup. And even though it is very sophisticated technology, it only takes just minutes to install and configure.
  • There are three parts to the NComputing solution. First, the vSpace virtualization software that slices up the PC’s processor so it can be used by many users. Second, we created an extension protocol called UXP that moves the video and peripherals signals between the computer and the user. And finally, a small access device that connects the user’s monitor and peripherals back to the host PC. By creating a complete system solution, we are able to provide a full PC experience at a fraction of the cost.
  • We have two product lines: the L-series and the X-series. The L-series uses a regular Ethernet connection to move the data signals back and forth so there’s no distance limitation between the shared computer and the user. Up to 30 users can be connected to a PC or server. The L-series starts at $149 and provides web-quality multimedia. The host PC can be almost anywhere in the building/campus or back at the data center. The L-series is incredibly energy efficient – it uses only 5 watts of power – compared to 110 watts or more for a standalone PC. The X-series directly connect to the host PC using standard Cat 5 cable. It does NOT run over the network, so there is a 33 foot distance limit. With the X-series, you can get up to 11 total users on a regular PC. The X series is the most popular product for schools because students are typically clustered together whether they are in a computer lab, classroom or library. Because it is a direct connection, the multimedia performance of the X-series is amazing. And it uses just 1 watt of power! Now lets take a closer look at the X-series.
  • We have two X-series products: the X300 and the X550. The X300 includes the vSpace virtualization software, a PCI card has three ports on the back and three access devices. If you install one X300 kit to a PC, you get a total of 4 users -- one user on the PC itself, and 3 more users with each of the 3 access devices. You can install a second X300 kit and get 3 MORE users for a total of 7 users on one PC. The X300 lists for $219 per kit. So divide that by 3 users, and you get about $70 a seat. The X550 includes the vSpace software, a FIVE port PCI card and 5 access devices. By installing an X550 kit, you get a total of 6 users – 1 on the host PC and the 5 additional users. You can install a second X550 kit and get 5 MORE users for total of 11 users. The X550 list for $399 a kit. Here you can see the shared PC in the middle. When we install the first 5-port card, we get 6 users in total (one on the shared PC, plus 5 more that are connected through access devices to the PCI card). Add another X550 kit, and you now have a total of 11 users.
  • This probably sounds too good to be true. So here is an example. Here we have a Dell 2.4GHz PC that costs under $400. You can see we are running a DVD movie on 3 screens, Outlook, PowerPoint, video from and YouTube. All of 11 users are running concurrently on a $400 PC… And note the utlization – 65% usage with 11 users. There is still plenty of headroom. And as long as the utilization stays below 100%, each user feels as if they have the full attention of that 2.4 GHz CPU.
  • Rim of the World Costs
  • Now that you have seen the performance, will this level of performance satisfy your needs? Are there any reasons you wouldn’t run a pilot? And assuming that the pilot is successful, is there anything that would prevent you from adopting this as your core desktop technology for all future rollouts?
  • RIM Classroom
  • The first thing to realize is that NComputing can be deployed throughout the schools. Certainly computer labs and classrooms, but also libraries. And in office areas as well. Anywhere that you use PCs, you can look at as an opportunity to do more for less, and without the management and maintenance headaches.
  • When you use NComputing, you can expect four key benefits: Affordability, Compatibility, Efficiency, and Simplicity - think ACES. Let’s take a quick look at each one briefly.
  • NComputing shatters the cost barrier. Even if you buy new monitors and peripherals, the total acquisition cost of NComputing-based systems is at least 50% less than using standalone PCs. Here’s a typical example. Based on a 300-seat computer deployment, we made assumptions of things like the cost of PCs, monitors and NComputing. An all PC deployment would cost $210,000 - $700 PCs times 300 of them. An NComputing solution with 11 seats per PC would only cost $76,000 – this includes the host PCs, monitors, peripherals and NComputing. This means on day 1 the total cost would be 63% lower. That’s just one deployment. We have a cost calculator that you can use to analyze the savings for your specific situation.
  • We saw that the acquisition costs of an NComputing solution are substantial. But the savings don’t stop there. Because there are fewer PCs to manage, maintenance costs will decline dramatically. For example, if you have 11 users per PC, that means only 1 PC has to be maintained instead of 11. The NComputing devices have no processor/memory/moving parts so they almost never fail. And if they ever did, just swap it out in 30 seconds. And since the devices use only 1 watt of electricity, there are significant electrical savings. Based on a typical 300-seat deployment, the support cost for an all PC solution would be $310,000 over a five year period. In contrast, the five year support for an NComputing solution would be $85,000, a savings of 72%.
  • If you’re like most folks, when you hear “revolutionary technology” and you run and hide because it usually means a lot of change. And change can be difficult, right? So we make change easy. NComputing solution works with standard PCs, standard peripherals, standard applications, and even supports both Windows and Linux. So your existing infrastructure can be used as is. No major retrofits or upgrades are needed.
  • NComputing is also the most energy-efficient and space-efficient computing solution on earth. A typical PC consumes about 110 watts of electricity. An X-series uses just ONE watt! Not only will you save on direct electricity costs, but also lower air-conditioning bills for the computer labs. And the NComputing access devices are tiny. Most people just mount them on the back of a monitor because they are VESA compliant or under a desk. This is critical in cramped work areas like labs and classrooms where desk space is needed for papers and books.
  • Because our solution is used around the world, we made it really easy to set up and manage. Entire computer labs can be set up in a matter of hours, not days. Installation consists of four easy steps and takes about 30 minutes to get up to 4 users up and running. How long would it take to get 4 desktop PCs up and running?
  • So far we have talked about the concept of virtual desktops and how NComputing works. We discussed the benefits of the solution in terms of Affordability, Compatibility, Efficiency and Simplicity. We also discussed the many ways that you can deploy NComputing in your environment. So what is the next step if there is a fit within your organization?
  • We recommend a 3 step approach. First, get a no-risk demo system to see how it works and to test your applications. Then run a pilot test. Let the teachers and kids pound away on it in a lab or a few classrooms. Then roll it out throughout your system.
  • Breakthrough innovation in educational computing

    1. 1. Ultra Low-Cost Computing for Schools April, 2009 US K-12
    2. 2. Introducing the $70 Virtual Desktop Over 1 million installed!
    3. 3. The NComputing Approach Maximize your investment in PCs by sharing their excess power with many users for as little as $70 per user.
    4. 4. How It Works 1 NComputing vSpace desktop virtualization software creates virtual independent desktops inside one Windows or Linux PC. 2 NComputing User eXtension Protocol (UXP) delivers an efficient, secure, multimedia interface. 3 NComputing access devices are small, silent, energy-efficient, reliable, and very inexpensive.
    5. 5. Two Product Lines <ul><li>Ethernet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 30 users per PC </li></ul><ul><li>Low cost ($149) </li></ul><ul><li>Web-quality multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>No distance limit from PC </li></ul><ul><li>Just 5 watts of electricity </li></ul>X-series <ul><li>Direct connection to the PC </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 11 users per PC (w/ 2 X550 kits) </li></ul><ul><li>Ultra-low cost ($70) </li></ul><ul><li>Best multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 33 feet from PC </li></ul><ul><li>Just 1 watt of electricity </li></ul>L-series
    6. 6. The X-series adds 3 users per kit (7 total) adds 5 users per kit (11 total) X300 X550 X550 11 users X550 11 users
    7. 7. 11 Users on the X550 <ul><li>$364 Dell Vostro 200 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Core2 Duo 2.4GHz, 1G RAM, 80GB HDD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>11 users </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Total electricity usage including PC & monitors is 239 watts </li></ul><ul><li>CPU usage at 65% of capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Memory usage: 569 MB RAM of 1 GB </li></ul>
    8. 8. Dell Optiplex 760 Minitower $837.75 OLP WIN SVR STD 2008 SNGL NL AE $96.49 OLP WIN TRMNL SVCS CAL 2008 SNGL NL AE USER 10@ $17.77 $177.70 OLP WIN SVR CAL 2008 SNGL NL AE USER CAL 10@6.95 $76.45 nComputing X550 5-User Desktop Virtualization Kit 2 sets @$399.99 $799.98 Acer V173B 17&quot; LCD Display 10 @ $98.47 $984.70 Logitech Deluxe 250 Desktop PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo 11@ $12.16 $109.44 Total: $3082.51 Cost per Computer (not including tax) $256.88 Cost with old monitors, mice, and keyboards $1988.37 or $165.70 each
    9. 9. How did we get started? <ul><li>We ordered a demo unit and set it up at an elementary that was in serious need of an overhaul. Their lab was over 10 years old and of the 30 workstations usually has 3 to 5 that were out of service during a class period. </li></ul><ul><li>Tested the demo for a few weeks and the school had the money to order 30 new workstations. </li></ul><ul><li>The decision was made to put 25 of the new computers into the classrooms and use 5 to build the lab. Most classrooms received one new computer with the goal to use Ncomputing to create at least 6 workstations per classroom. </li></ul>
    10. 10. How have we used it in our district? <ul><li>Computer Labs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We have one lab with 30 workstations using 5 computers. (x300) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We also have a lab with 33 workstations using 3 host computers (x550) and recycled monitor, mice, and keyboards. The cost for this lab including licensing was $6,500. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have one of our libraries using it and we are looking to expand to the others. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Will this level of performance meet your needs?
    12. 12. Pros and Cons <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low Power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No noise, no heat </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some programs don’t work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lose one lose them all </li></ul></ul>
    13. 14. Agenda <ul><li>The most innovative education technology since the PC </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate and long term benefits for IT </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
    14. 15. NComputing Can Be Used Throughout the School CLASSROOMS LABS OFFICES LIBRARIES
    15. 16. Immediate and Long Term Benefits for IT Affordable Efficient Simple Compatible
    16. 17. NComputing Breaks the Affordability Barrier Typical 300 Station Deployment Example Cost Assumptions: PC $700; NComputing $70, Monitor $100; Keyboard/Mouse/OS $35 63% Lower
    17. 18. NComputing Delivers a Sustainable Future <ul><li>No obsolescence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only one PC to replace/upgrade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Devices have 10 year life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>90% less electricity </li></ul><ul><li>70% fewer service calls </li></ul>Typical 300 Station Deployment Example 72% Lower
    18. 19. NComputing is Compatible with Industry Standards <ul><li>Works with standard PCs </li></ul><ul><li>Works with standard peripherals </li></ul><ul><li>Works with standard applications </li></ul><ul><li>Works on Windows & Linux </li></ul>
    19. 20. The Most Efficient Computing on Earth <ul><li>Just 1-5 watts per device </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces AC costs </li></ul><ul><li>Saves desk space </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces clutter </li></ul>
    20. 21. NComputing is Simple to Install and Manage Step 1: Install PCI card :05 :20 Step 3: Connect monitor, keyboard & mouse :10 Step 2: Connect devices Install in less than 30 minutes :30 Step 4: Install vSpace TM software
    21. 22. Agenda <ul><li>The most innovative education technology since the PC </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate and long term benefits for IT </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps </li></ul>
    22. 23. Next Steps Get a no-risk demo <ul><li>Classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Computer labs </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries & IRCs </li></ul><ul><li>Offices </li></ul>Run a pilot test 1 2 3 Start rollouts
    23. 24. Ncomputing Contact Person <ul><li>Breanne Simpson </li></ul><ul><li>Account Executive </li></ul><ul><li>NComputing, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Office:  (530) 229-0881 x312 </li></ul><ul><li>Email:  [email_address] </li></ul>
    24. 25. Demo Videos and Savings Calculators Product Overview Video L-series Overview Video Purchase, Cost and Environmental Impact Calculator X-series Overview Video X550 Performance Demo Video
    25. 26. Permission provided by nComputing to use this PowerPoint Presented by Mark Pierson, Rim of the World School District [email_address]
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