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October 19, 2010

Startforce Introduces Cost-Effective Web-Based Virtual Desktop Solution

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Startforce Server 2010 Private Cloud Edition has been released to address the requirements of the small business and education markets that serve about 1,000 users. Users can easily, securely and instantly access the robust desktop environment of Startforce Web Desktop from any computer with any Web browser. The solution successfully combines a familiar user interface with a full desktop experience within a Web browser.

The company said in a press release that with this Edition, outdated or virus infected computers could be quickly revitalized by booting Linux OS directly from a local CD-ROM or network server to seamlessly launch Startforce Web-based Desktop.

The installation time for the Startforce Server 2010 Private Cloud Edition Web-based Desktop Virtualization solution is less than one hour. It is ideal for schools or organizations as it requires less server, storage and bandwidth resources, and also brings down the total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to seven times when compared to traditional VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) solutions.

Features such as USB and local printers are also supported by Startforce Web Desktop, delivering a seamless user experience. The companies will save IT administration time and resources as the solution centralizes management of applications, which streamlines the manageability of 1,000 or more computers.

Startforce claims that its newly launched Startforce Server 2010 Private Cloud Edition provides the industry's first, patent-pending "disposable" virtual desktop for the education market.

The virtual desktop content expires after a specified period of time and is then securely archived in local data storage.

“Traditional on-site VDI is very expensive to deploy due to significant increases in server, storage and bandwidth requirements. Each user requires a separate virtual desktop software image with an underlying guest operating system,” said Young Song, executive chairman of Startforce, Inc., in a statement. “With the Startforce Web-based virtual desktop approach, we extend the existing PC infrastructure by using only a light server footprint. Startforce provides a viable path to rapid deployment of virtual desktops for the SMB and educational markets in today's economic environment.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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