Fall is upon us again, and in North America that means one thing: playoff season in Major League Baseball. At NComputing, we’d usually be watching on the sidelines like (almost) everyone else, but this year we began working on an exciting project with our friends at Tickets.com who provide ticketing for all the Major League Baseball clubs (and many other sporting and arts venues).
There are still lots of organizations using Windows XP on user desktop computers. According to NetNarketShare.com, a service of Net Applications, market share of Windows XP just recently dropped below 25%. But this means there are still lots of Windows XP PCs in the field.
According to users who participated in a poll during our recent webinar on XP migration, half of those users are in organizations where 26% or more of their desktop PCs are still running Windows XP.
Desktop virtualization can be expensive. Everyone knows and understands that. But in spite of the often hefty price tag, we deploy it because we know that at the end of the day it’s going to yield more benefits than staying with the status quo of distributed PCs. But, what happens when organizations take the plunge into desktop virtualization but leave those distributed PCs as glorified thin clients to access a user’s virtual desktop and applications? Well, they’re basically throwing money down the toilet.
We recently celebrated our NComputing vSpace platform taking Bronze in the “Best IT Software” category of the Network Products Guide’s 9th Annual Hot Companies and Best Products Awards. The Network Products Guide’s Hot Companies and Best Products Awards is a premier information technology awards program that honors the world’s best in performance, products and services, hot technologies, executives and management teams.
The end of support for Windows XP has come and gone. Everybody knows that. Still, according to NetMarketshare, a remarkable 25% of PCs currently still use Windows XP as their operating system. Organizations have delayed conversion from the 10-year old operating system simply because they didn’t have to. Windows XP became a very stable computing platform and users became comfortable with its functionality. Unfortunately, IT managers also became complacent to the rising cost and complexity that comes with managing PC’s.
Poland just celebrated its tenth anniversary as a member of the European Union. Since then and the end of the Cold War, the country has transformed into a major economic power with a stable democratic government.
Recently, a vulnerability known as “Heartbleed” was identified in OpenSSL. This vulnerability allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information from process memory via crafted packets that trigger a buffer over-read. This is also known as the Heartbleed bug.
Today Citrix™ continued to bolster their award-winning application and desktop virtualization portfolio by announcing the upcoming releases for XenApp® 7.5 and XenDesktop® 7.5. Thanks to our strong partnership with Citrix, NComputing™ is also proud to announce that we intend to deliver a future release of our N-series® Citrix® Ready HDX™ Verified line of thin clients that will support these new XenApp and XenDesktop releases.
Colyton Primary School in Devonshire is representative of many schools in the UK looking to optimise ICT in order to improve teaching and learning, whilst at the same time working within tightening budgets.
The school previously had in place desktop computers that were over 10 years old. This proved a serious hindrance to lessons, with each PC booting up at different times and server updates taking hours to implement. Nic Harris, the school’s headteacher, was even spending his evenings and weekends conducting ICT maintenance tasks and software updates.
The university of Pisa is one of the oldest education institutions in Italy and in the world. Its offices and departments are spread across different locations in the Tuscan capital. Recently the University found itself in the need to update its computer science environments and platforms, making them more functional and less burdensome in terms of energy consumption. One of the key challenges for the IT department was that existing PCs were quite old and required frequent maintenance and repair.