NComputing, the leader in accelerating the adoption of desktop virtualization, today announced the latest management software and firmware release for its N-series line of thin clients. The N-series is Citrix® Ready HDX™ Verified and leverages NComputing's unique System on Chip (SoC) technology. Designed with expanded secure mobility features and available immediately, the N-series software update maximizes resources and productivity for IT and end-users with a number of new performance enhancements.
Market pressures, budget constraints and a more mobile workforce are increasingly driving organizations to desktop virtualization as a viable alternative to traditional PC computing. Through a unique combination of simplicity, performance and value, NComputing removes barriers and accelerates the adoption of desktop virtualization for today's high priority IT initiatives, including mobility, BYOD and migration to thin clients in lieu of expensive and challenging-to-manage PCs and laptops. The N-series has gained tremendous momentum since its initial release just over a year ago and continues to redefine the price and performance that can be expected from a thin client.
N-series thin clients, which include the N500, N500w, and N400, continues to lead the desktop virtualization market and is quickly becoming the de-facto thin client solution for replacing PCs in Citrix deployments. Now, the N-series fulfills the need for modern, mobile computing environments. Specific features built into the new N-series 1.5.0 firmware include:
Full Support for Mobility with Enterprise-Grade Security
N-series delivers the gold standard in secure wireless technology with WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise and 802.1x authentication protocols over LAN and wireless LAN, hidden SSID support and more. Enhanced for healthcare organizations seeking an alternative to using unreliable, expensive and energy intensive laptops to access secure patient information from bedside computers on wheels, these security improvements will benefit also financial, government and other institutions with information security mandates.
Maximize User Productivity and IT Time Savings
The N-series provides an easier, simpler and smarter way to manage user workloads with the addition of a new, robust firmware updating system. The new vSpace Management Center 3.3.1 enables IT to centrally manage and update N-series firmware, minimizing the time required to access enhanced workspaces and applications, so that end-users can continue to run at peak productivity.
Quickly Leverage the Latest Citrix Technologies
The unique relationship between NComputing and Citrix empowers NComputing to provide the fastest time to market for support of the latest Citrix technologies. The 1.5.0 N-series firmware includes the newest Citrix Receiver™ for Linux release (version 12.5.2) and is the first thin client to do so. The new N-series firmware also introduces official support for XenApp 6.5 Feature Pack 2 and VDI-in-a-Box 5.2. NComputing's ability to quickly support the latest Citrix technologies ensures that IT organizations can always provide the most recent and high performing HDX experience to their end users.
"Our ongoing relationship with NComputing gives our mutual customers the ability to easily expand their virtual desktop deployments to enable mobile work styles for their users. The combination of Citrix XenDesktop with HDX and NComputing's Citrix Ready HDX Verified N-series thin clients delivers both a high-performance and low-cost thin client solution and a high-definition HDX experience to end users."
-- Aimee Catalano, Vice President, Alliance Marketing, Citrix
"Since last year's launch, NComputing's N-series for Citrix has seen great success and today's new release demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering the best in desktop virtualization technology. The new enterprise-grade security and features to support enterprise mobility enable users and IT administrators to implement mobile computing implementations more easily than ever before with streamlined management, and without forgoing computing power or cost. Only N-series lets users access their mobile workstations while benefiting from a richer Citrix HDX experience."
-- Raj Dhingra, Chief Executive Officer, NComputing.
"We thoroughly analyzed potential new technologies that would allow us to efficiently and cost-effectively deliver applications to our staff. Because we are a non-profit entity, saving on upfront hardware costs and ensuring return on investment were top priorities. We selected Citrix to virtualize our applications and NComputing's N-series thin clients to deliver those virtualized applications to our end users. The N-series was one-third the cost of the other technologies that we looked at, saving us $30,000 in initial hardware costs. In addition to cost savings, NComputing's N-series also delivers a phenomenal HDX experience to our end users and provides round-the-clock customer service with continuous upgrades, a crucial need for our deployment so we can focus on what we do best -- serving our community's healthcare needs."
-- Steve Elgan, Director of IT for OneWorld Community Health Centers.