Neoware Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NWRE), the leading supplier of enterprise software, thin client appliances and related services, today announced the availability of Neoware Image Manager, advanced software that improves manageability of thin clients and personal computers, enhances security, and significantly lowers the cost of server based computing. Neoware Image Manager streams applications and Windows operating systems on-demand from a Linux or Windows server to personal computers and thin clients, allowing users to run any application locally while eliminating the need for local storage.
Neoware Image Manager solves expensive and time-consuming desktop manageability issues by enabling personal computers and thin clients to use shared, centralized storage, which eliminates the need for any local storage device such as a hard drive or flash memory. This ensures that data is centrally backed up and eliminates the need to perform on-site updates or software patches at individual desktops. With Neoware Image Manager, one single software image that contains the operating system, applications, and hardware drivers for multiple hardware platforms can be streamed on-demand to any personal computer or thin client - regardless of the devices hardware configuration - eliminating the need to manage dozens or hundreds of images as is required with other operating system deployment methods.
Neoware Image Manager enhances security by providing on-demand delivery of locked-down operating systems and application components from a server. Neoware Image Manager enables operating systems to be centrally managed, so that unauthorized local desktop changes can be eliminated. Personal computer and thin client users keep their personal configurations and settings, and their data remains unique and secure on the server.
Through this new technology, Neoware is introducing the ability to run Windows XP Embedded or Windows XP Professional on a thin client without any flash storage, eliminating one of the most costly hardware components of a thin client. This substantially reduces the cost of a thin client with Windows XP Embedded and eliminates future obsolescence, since the device can access unlimited storage on a server. In addition, being able to run a secured version of Windows XP on a diskless personal computer extends the life of PCs, which in turn reduces the total cost of ownership. Server-based image management virtually eliminates the ongoing administrative expenses of maintaining desktop software. As a result, Neoware Image Manager delivers substantial cost benefits, both up-front and on an ongoing basis. In addition to lowering cost, Neoware Image Manager enables thin client users to access all features of the Windows XP operating system, including the full help system, multimedia, all device drivers, and all operating system tools. This capability is available without requiring additional flash memory, enabling personal computer functionality on thin clients while at the same time lowering costs.
By deploying operating systems and applications to a personal computer or thin client on demand, enterprises can enhance the security and ease the manageability of those desktops, said Federica Troni, Principal Analyst at Gartner.
Desktop deployment and management account for a significant portion of IT budgets. Neoware Image Manager improves manageability, enhances security, and significantly reduces desktop management costs, by leveraging the benefits of server-based computing.