NComputing CEO Song tries to provide computers to more people
In developed countries, most homes are equipped with the latest physical desktops with which family members browse the internet, watch movies, play games, and enjoy online shopping.
Their schools and companies are the same; they provide expensive physical desktops with lots of software, although much of the capacity and software is hardly used.
Why they waste money without turning to a cost-efficient alternative of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), which maximizes the usage of capacity and software by letting multiple users simultaneously share a single operating system instance?
This is the question that NComputing’s founding CEO Young Song asked when he launched a VDI business in 2003. Currently, tens of millions of users take advantage of the Seoul-based firm’s solutions every day in more than 100 countries.
“Some still believe that virtual desktops, otherwise known as thin clients, are slow and lack processing power compared to traditional PCs,” Song said in a recent interview with Korea News Plus.
“They are simply wrong. Virtual desktops can provide the same solutions as physical ones with far less cost. And when it comes to scalability, power consumption, security and maintenance, virtual desktops stand out.”
Such advantages of VDI are possible because virtual desktops do not have a local hard drive. Instead, they access various applications from a remote server.
NComputing offers two virtualized platforms of Verde suitable for developed countries, and VSpace customized for developing nations.
Song said that VDI is a perfect fit for the education market because it can enable more students to enjoy more applications and solutions. His mission: “We should crowd out underutilized physical PCs at schools and universities.”
“In advanced countries, universities will be able to offer the latest programs to their students at discounted prices by relying on VDI,” the chief executive said.
“In developing countries, VDI helps students study, typically with donated secondhand PCs. They properly work even though the power supply is not stable, a feature that conventional PCs cannot provide.”
Stressing VDI’s low energy consumption, song noted: “What virtual desktops are to physical desktops is what electric vehicles are to gasoline automobiles.”
“What I specifically love about my job is that it helps protect the earth because VDI can operate with far less power consumption. It is very nice to make money and do the right thing at the same time,” he said.
Song said that his company’s virtual infrastructure will be of great use to North Korean people after reunification if it happens in the future. The two Koreas have been separated since the Korean War (1950-53).
“I believe in reunification. Our VDI products will provide an instant computer infrastructure in North Korea with minimal budgets as we had deployed over 4 million thin clients in many developing countries in the past decade,” he expected.
“Unification will also be good for us. In case the two Koreas can cooperate, our product will be more competitive. We can combine the technological edge of the South and the cheap labor force of the North.”
Song said that NComputing will remain as an all-around company working on both hardware and software of VDI based on the contribution of its workers across the world.
Indeed, NComputing has offices in such countries as Korea, United States, Singapore, India, and Poland. It was initially based in Silicon Valley but moved to Seoul.