Leading Chinese PC Company and NComputing Partner to Bring Sub-$150 Computing to Governments and Educational

Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:00am EDT

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NComputing, the world's leading provider of ultra low-cost computing, has
formed a strategic partnership with Haier Computer Group to jointly
pursue large educational and government computing opportunities. Haier
Computers is one of China's largest PC companies and is a division of the
$18 billion Haier Group (HKSE: 1169). It has embarked on an ambitious
plan to grow its global PC and IT services business. The two companies
are pursuing opportunities to provide large-scale computing access to
governments in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. NComputing and
Haier have already won the world's first nationwide 
"one-computer-per-child" program in the Republic of Macedonia. The two
companies helped the Macedonian government install over 180,000 computing
seats throughout its school system for under $150 per seat including all
hardware, software, and network infrastructure.

    The NComputing virtual desktop solution is based on a simple fact:
today's PCs are so powerful that the vast majority of applications only
use a small fraction of the computer's capacity. NComputing virtual
desktops allow many users to share the unused capacity while providing
full PC experience. NComputing devices use just 1 watt of electricity,
reducing energy costs and making NComputing the greenest computing
solution on Earth. It is the ideal solution for sustainable,
energy-efficient computing where access to power is too expensive,
unpredictable, or non-existent. The NComputing solution supports Linux and
Windows platforms. The Macedonian government chose Ubuntu Linux for its
"one-computer-per-child" program. By combining NComputing virtual desktops
with Haier's scale and price advantage on monitor and host PCs, the joint
solution can be offered for 60-75 percent less than traditional desktop
PCs or thin clients.

    "NComputing's 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. "NComputing virtual desktops have broken the cost barrier and
by partnering with Haier, we will be able to bring the technology to
millions of students and citizens around the world."

    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 over 1.5 million workstations.
Over time, the companies expect to broaden the partnership to other
countries. NComputing already has a significant presence in  Africa with
nearly 30 nations having deployed or piloted the solution. "NComputing is
one of a few computer technology companies making a real commitment to
bringing affordable, economically sustainable computing solutions to
Africa and other developing regions," said Brooke Partridge, CEO of Vital
Wave Consulting, a strategy consulting firm focused on technology
business in emerging markets. "Our research has shown most low-cost
computing devices are being marketed primarily to mature markets. Its
partnership with Haier demonstrates NComputing's resistance to that
change by focusing on these under-served markets. The Haier-NComputing
partnership has the potential to positively impact the lives and careers
of millions of children in the developing world."

    "Government leaders in emerging market nations recognize that computer
skills are critical if they want their citizens and workers to prosper in
the 21st century economy," said Mr. Gao Yi-cheng, General Manager, Haier
Computers. "By combining our cost advantage in PCs and monitors with
NComputing award-winning virtual desktops, we will be able to offer
governments an extremely cost-effective and sustainable solution that is

    Since introducing its award-winning virtual desktop technology two years
ago, NComputing has emerged as the market leader with over 40,000
customers and millions of people using their virtual desktops in over 140
countries. NComputing won the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation
award, the Gartner Cool Vendor Award, the Frost and Sullivan Green
Computing award, as well as numerous awards from CES, Deloitte, the Tech
Museum of Innovation, CeBit, and Infocomm. It was recently selected as
the best desktop computing solution for computer labs by Computer Aid

    About NComputing, Inc.

    NComputing, Inc. was founded with the goal of making desktop computing
affordable for everyone. The company's award-winning patented technology
lowers desktop computing costs, improves manageability, and reduces both
energy consumption and e-waste. The solution works with both Linux and
Windows. It is the perfect solution for leveraging the power and potential
of PCs and cloud computing. http://www.ncomputing.com

    About Haier Group

    Haier is the world's fourth largest white goods manufacturer and is the
official home appliances sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. As of
2007, the Haier Group has established a total of 64 trading companies (19
located overseas), 29 manufacturing plants (24 overseas), 8 design centers
(5 overseas) and 16 industrial parks (4 overseas). Consistent with Haier's
position as a global brand, the company employs over 50,000 people around
the world. In addition, Haier boasts a 58,800-strong sales network which
last year accounted for a global turnover of 118 billion RMB (16.2 billion
USD). http://www.haier.com/AboutHaier/HaierWorldwide/haier.asp

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