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Virtualisation technology promises cheaper, more powerful PC

MiniFrame has launched a new version of SoftXpand, set for release this month. This Windows XP based solution enables the creation of up to eight PC workstations from one standard PC.

Providing a more than adequate PC experience, each workstation - up to eight of them - matches the host PC's performance by simply using standard, off-the-shelf hardware.

MiniFrame's software takes advantage of the unused processing power in today's PC, creating multiple "virtual" computer workstations, each consisting of only standard monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

SoftXpand supports all types of applications, including multimedia programs, videos, games, Flash, and Voice Over IP (using a microphone and speakers).

While giving a full multi-media PC experience, it enables extensive savings on IT Total Cost of Ownership (initial hardware, PC maintenance, and software deployment).

It is also scalable allowing users to add extra workstations whenever needed. Moreover, SoftXpand delivers huge electricity savings (up to 80%).

SoftXpand prices start from $50 per workstation, a fraction of what you could expect but you would still need to factor in the cost of the monitor, keyboard and mouse.

As a software only solution, necessary standard hardware can be purchased and supported locally in any country while helping users and distributors keep in step with hardware industry trends and technological advancements.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.