Virtual Desktops Stretch District Funds

President Obama's stimulus package has earmarked billions of dollars for schools to pay for educational technology, but not for long-term maintenance costs. Some school districts have solved the dilemma by expanding computing access with virtual computer technology, such as that offered by NComputing. The company's $70 virtual desktops allow up to eleven students to share a single computer while reducing maintenance and electrical costs by as much as 90%.

NComputing enables a single computer to be virtualized so that many users can tap the unused capacity and share it as if each person had his or her own computer. The devices use just 1 watt of electricity which also reduces the need for air conditioning and qualifies for substantial energy-efficiency rebates. Schools deploy NComputing in classrooms, computer labs, libraries, and administration areas.

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