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NEC Pioneers the Virtual Desktop
NEC Pioneers the Virtual Desktop

NEC, it appears, has rolled out one of the world’s largest implementations of VMware virtual desktops, cutting TCO by an estimated 46% over the next three years. It’s got a mere three people supporting the 12,000 thin clients in production so far.

The Japanese company expects to virtualize 20,000 desktops by the end of March as part of its “Virtual PC Center” plan.

According to Susumu Shimano, senior manager of management information systems at NEC, “The most significant effect of thin clients on our IT operations is that they have enabled uniform management of all PCs used at NEC. While it once took not only a substantial amount of effort but also two or three months to deploy new software, it is now possible for this to be accomplished in just a few hours from within the datacenter.”

The company is using its own NEC US100 and US110 thin clients, servers such as NEC Express5800 Series and storage such as NEC Storage D series, which means employees won’t be taking PCs out of the office or installing forbidden software and the data is centrally stored and protected

It is also selling the solution.

Marc Hafner, VP, departmental servers at NEC Corporation of America, said NEC’s SigmaBlade servers and D-storage SANs, the company can support up to 3,000 virtual PC users per rack.

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