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July 14, 2014

NCS Introduces VDI with Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

Computing systems manufacturer, NCS Technologies Inc., is moving into the hyper-converged infrastructure market by introducing a virtual desktop infrastructure portfolio for companies that deploy up to 5,000 virtual machines.

 This portfolio includes a new data center appliance, network management software, desktop zero clients and the industry's first mobile zero client laptop PC.

The product line includes the NexServ XRV-8252 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) appliance that combines computer, networking and storage in a single hardware platform. 

The standard design of the NexServ is a 2U eight-drive system that can be configured withNAND flash-based solid-state drives and PCI (News - Alert) Express flash hardware accelerators for SATA and SAS spinning media.

Each tray can accommodate up to seven flash accelerator drives to deliver throughput up to 25 gigabytes per second (GBps).

Mike Turicchi, NCS chief product officer said in a statement, “Our new data center appliance is built with high-performance storage, networking and graphics virtualization. As an industry first and still alone in its category, the Cirrus LT mobile zero client laptop is turning heads in IT departments from government to enterprise. Whatever the IT requirements, NCS delivers the exact VDI components a customer needs."

NCS introduced the Cirrus DT zero client in February and expects to ramp up full-scale production in August. 

NCS's VDI system natively includes VMware's Horizon View VDI software as a standard offering, but support will be available for Microsoft (News - Alert) Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. The product will be marketed mainly to enterprises with 500 to 5,000 VMs, and this integrated system includes software licenses, hardware, flash accelerator cards and storage components -- priced at approximately $1,200 per user.

NCS was founded in 1996 and makes customized computer systems for independent software vendors. 

Edited by Adam Brandt

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