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LCD screen doubles as a virtual desktop

LG Electronics will attempt to cash in on the virtualization craze later this month with the introduction of LCD monitors that can double as virtualized desktop PCs.

The LG SmartVine N-series line will include 17-inch and 19-inch monitors in the United States, while a 16-inch version will also be made available in overseas markets.The monitors can be used as traditional desktop displays via a standard VGA connector, however they will also incorporate embedded virtualization technology from U.S.-based desktop virtualization specialist NComputing.

To make use of the onboard virtualization circuitry, users can connect a keyboard and mouse directly to the SmartVine monitor, which in turn connects to a host PC via a standard cable. The host PC can support up to ten additional virtual desktops with the adition of two NComputing X550 PCI Card Kits and the company's vSpace software.

The 19-inch SmartVine N-Series monitor will list for $199 in the United States. The thin client solution is to be targeted primarily at education and government markets, and service sector organizations, such as call centers. NComputing executives claim that an increased industrywide focus on desktop virtualization, Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings, and Web-hosted applications will drives sales of the LG N-Series units. The Redwood City, Calif., company has released esitmates that customers of the virtualization-equipped monitors will be able to lower their computer hardware costs by 60 percent, maintenance costs by 70 percent, and electricity costs by 90 percent. The LG monitors work with both Windows and Linux computers.

The market for virtualization technology has continued to expand this year, while other areas of the technology sector faltered, because of virtualization's potential to consolidate physical resources and reduce costs in the data center. While server and storage virtualization schemes have become top priorities for corporate IT departments, interest in desktop virtualization has traditionally lagged behind its data center conterparts. For example, a recent survey of 377 federal IT managers conducted by CDW Government Inc. found that 59 percent of federal agencies have implemented server virtualization, and 51 percent are utilizing storage virtualization, but only 49 percent have invested in virtualized desktops.

However, other studies suggest that virtualized desktops may be gaining momentum in the public sector. Desktop virtualization vendor Citrix Systems announced that a survey it conducted at the recent 2009 Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Conference found that 80 percent of technology leaders in kindergarten through grade 12 schools were interested in implementing desktop virtualization in their classrooms.

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By zombiexl on 6/22/2009 5:38:59 PM , Rating: 2
At least that's how it appears after my brief read of this. I'm sure someone will tell me I'm wrong.

By mfed3 on 6/22/2009 5:54:24 PM , Rating: 3
Yea, thin client would lead me to believe this is pushing more the dumb terminal model, although it technically is still virtualization since its abstracting the OS from running natively on the hardware.

By Slaimus on 6/24/2009 11:18:27 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe we just need a smarter KVM than this elaborate setup

By JoshuaBuss on 6/22/2009 6:47:47 PM , Rating: 2
well, the lightweight nature of the hardware certainly makes it look and feel more like the thin client model, but it's technically using virtualization to do the computing.

By drebo on 6/23/2009 10:16:32 AM , Rating: 2
Except that it's not really terminal services (though it is surprisingly close to the dumb terminals from way back in the day). I saw these guys at Interop this year. Their product is really kind of interesting. You install a PCI card in the host computer which in turn connects to your "virtualization" hardware (they make a stand-alone version of this as well). It's not virtualization in the sense that you're thinking, but it is virtualization, none the less. It works on XP systems, as well.

When most people think of virtualization, they're thinking for Microsoft's Virtual PC or VMWare Server/Workstation. That's not the virtualization that's most commonly used in the business space. This is an interesting, and supposedly more robust, alternative to terminal services or thin clients.

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