ZeroDesktop Launches ZeroPC Private Cloud for Education and Business

June 27, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — ZeroDesktop, Inc., developer of next-generation Web Desktop solutions for public and private cloud computing, today announced ZeroPC Private Cloud (http://www.zeropc.com/schools), providing education and businesses serving 1,000+ concurrent users per entry-server or 3,000+ on an advanced-server with a full-function yet cost-effective virtual desktop that extends the life of their outdated computers. For schools that don’t have a server infrastructure, ZeroPC also provides on-demand hosting service. The ZeroPC is a robust virtual desktop that users can securely and instantly access content using any computer with any Web browser. ZeroDesktop will demonstrate ZeroPC at ISTE 2011, Philadelphia (Booth #2760).

The ZeroPC Private Cloud (previously Startforce) provides the industry’s first “disposable” virtual desktop for the education market. ZeroPC enables IT administrators to set up general kiosk-mode desktops with predefined look-and-feel, applications, files and programs that students access in classrooms, labs or libraries without requiring user login credentials, and that can be shared by many users. If a student accidentally deletes desktop icons, files or folders, or modifies desktop settings, the desktop can be reset to its original format by simply refreshing the browser tab to dispose of the changes.

ZeroPC Saves Storage Costs and Resources Versus VDI

IT managers can deploy and manage a large number of ZeroPC virtual desktops with confidence. For a typical 1000+ concurrent-user deployment, traditional VDI upfront costs, including multiple servers, large amounts of storage space and numerous licensing fees, cost $250K to $450K to deploy, plus costly maintenance fees. Similar deployments using ZeroPC’s virtual desktop cost $45K to $65K with less server hardware, storage and bandwidth resources required. ZeroPC centralizes management of applications and content, and streamlines manageability of 1,000+ computers, saving IT resources, and lowers total of ownership by more than 7x compared to traditional VDI solutions.

ZeroPC Web Desktops require only 350KB of server-side storage space per user, resulting in storage cost savings. The maximum concurrent users supported by an entry-server (single quadcore) dramatically increases to 1000+ users with ZeroPC versus traditional VDI’s 50-100 users. There are no plug-ins, downloads or installation on the client side, and users can access ZeroPC Web Desktops from any Web browser anywhere.

ZeroPC’s Web-based VDI technology utilizes true Web technology and delivers the Web desktop to the client workstation using standard HTTP/S protocol and AJAX techniques. Communication with back-end servers is handled through asynchronous requests, significantly reducing connection bandwidth requirements. Traditional VDI uses proprietary RDP and ICA protocols with persistent server connections to transfer pixels and mouse clicks between the server and proprietary player. The result is poor performance and enormous bandwidth consumption, plus approximately 10GB+ software images required for each user due to backend hypervisor and Windows architecture.

“Today’s schools and businesses have a common dilemma about what to do with the increasing number of slow, outdated, virus-plagued computers that outfit their facilities,” said Young Song, Founder/CEO of ZeroDesktop, Inc. “The combination of disparate brands and operating systems that cannot perform effectively with streaming media or other Internet applications, plus shrinking budgets, has forced schools and organizations to spend countless frustrating hours repairing and troubleshooting problems in these old computers. The ZeroPC Web-based virtual desktop extends the existing PC infrastructure by using a cost-effective light server footprint, and provides a viable path to rapid deployment of virtual desktops in today’s challenging economic environment.”

Santa Clara Unified School District’s Director of the Information Technology Group, Mary Phillips states:

“We explored virtualization to see if we could decrease PC costs and maintenance issues. However, when we added up all the licensing and infrastructure costs associated with traditional VDI, the investment was excessive. We selected ZeroPC because it is a cost-effective solution, versatile and innovative enough to meet our needs. We are able to revitalize 5-7 year-old outdated or virus-infected computers by using a small, locked-down version of Windows XP image and running ZeroPC virtual desktops through a Web browser. We virtualized more than 30 Windows apps such as Read180, ALEKS and other learning applications using InstallFree, an application packaging software. Simply stated, we created a private cloud and delivered virtual desktops using ZeroPC, packaged the application software using InstallFree, and deployed this solution to labs and classrooms throughout the district. We have now met our goal of repurposing old computers and maximizing resources by being able to centrally manage virtualized applications and content. We envision deploying this solution to more than 1,000 desktops within the next few months.”

The ZeroPC Web Desktop architecture combines a powerful platform of Windows Apps, Web Apps and ZeroPC Apps, making it the most comprehensive and fully functional virtual desktop available. From any Web browser, ZeroPC delivers a fully-integrated Windows RDS, InstallFree Bridge, NComputing vSpace and Citrix XenApp connection for running Windows applications along with Web applications. A comprehensive administrative dashboard control provides numerous points for easy, secure management of applications and user privileges, desktop template customization, Windows Server Active Directory support and LDAP for update provisioning.


About ZeroDesktop

Headquartered in San Francisco, ZeroDesktop, Inc. is a provider of Web Desktop solutions that provide a customizable virtual desktop environment that enables easy, secure, instant access from any computer (PC, MAC, thin clients) with any Web browser. ZeroDesktop was founded with the vision to virtually host the world’s desktops in secured locations on the Internet so people can log-in from any computer using any Web browser. With today’s advancements in cloud computing, ZeroDesktop believes a new generation of very low-cost, browser-only computers will naturally emerge, enabling billions of people to go online by logging into Web Desktops. ZeroDesktop recently acquired Startforce, Inc., previously backed by venture investments over $6M since 2006. ZeroDesktop is headed by Young Song, an entrepreneur whose career has focused on bringing to market synergistic desktop computing products that deliver life-enhancing value to education, business and consumers.


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