NComputing, Haier in Low-cost Computing Venture
NComputing and Haier together are working to offer $150 computing experience to educational institutions and government agencies in 18 counties throught Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The duo have ambitious plans to address more than 1.5 million workstations in these regions.
NComputing has partnered with China-based Haier Computers Group to offer computing access to the government and education sectors in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The companies are jointly working to introduce $150 computing across the region to build the digital divide, and covers hardware, software, and network infrastructure. It has already launched one-computer-per-child program in the Republic of Macedonia.
As part of this plan, the company is also working on joint initiatives with OEMs and focusing on various industries and verticals in India that include SMB, BPO, education, healthcare, manufacturing and government. A company spokesperson said NComputing is expecting to expand its reach to a pan India level and will aggressively market its solution.
NComputing virtual desktops allow several users to share the unused capacity while providing full PC experience. It offers devices that use just one watt of electricity thus reducing energy costs. The solution supports Linux and Windows platforms. The two companies will initially target 18 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Latin America that have large-scale computerization projects in schools and government offices and address more than 1.5 million workstations. The companies are also planning to extend this partnership to other countries.
"Our mission is to bring computing to the next billion people around the world who are ready, but simply cannot afford it with traditional computers," said Stephen Dukker, chairman and CEO of NComputing.
"The marketing efforts would be focused on enabling channels partners and empowering them with all the marketing and technical support to target and serve their customers. Government leaders in emerging market nations recognize that computer skills are critical if they want their citizens and workers to prosper in the current economy," said Gao Yi-cheng, general manager of Haier Computers.
(With added inputs from Muntazir Abbas)
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