LG promises to slash costs with network monitors

LG Electronics has released network monitors that can create multiple virtual workstations from a single computer

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By  Julian Pletts Published  June 30, 2009

LG Electronics has released network monitors that can create multiple virtual workstations from a single computer and which it says will drastically reduce costs for the SMB IT administrator.

The vendor explains that the LG network monitor N42 Series enables a single PC to be virtualised meaning multiple users can make use of untapped potential in that machine, without compromising performance, stability or speed. The solution connects up to 11 users to the same computer and is installed by plugging the monitor into a host computer by way of a PCI card. Each multi-computing solution includes a built-in keyboard, mouse, and audio connections.

H S Paik, president of LG Electronics Gulf, claims that the network monitor is an ideal solution for small businesses, schools, government offices, libraries and call centres that are charged with providing computing facilities for many users but that also have to balance very careful budgets.

“In a recent independent survey of IT managers, 70% of respondents expressed interest in a solution like this if it did not impact system performance,” pointed out Paik to emphasise the market demand that LG sees for the network monitors.

One of the elements of the LG network monitor that allows it to present potential cost savings for the end-user is that, unlike thin clients, it does not require servers at the back-end, and therefore is a reduced investment in terms of both space and money. The vendor claims that the IT administrator can create more than 10 virtualised workstations for less than US$1000.

In addition to that the multi-user solution draws just a few watts of power per user every hour, which is significantly lower than the average computer which calls upon roughly 100watts of power an hour.

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