Aims to bring virtual PCs to developing nations

Birmingham City University shows off new cloud solution

Today, Birmingham City University is having a showcase for a virtual PC technology that could be used by millions of remote users worldwide, from cities in the West to African towns.

The new cloud-based platform – named – has been developed in a partnership between Birmingham City University, cloud specialist cnaSoft and African telecoms firm Econet.

It’s able to work both on and offline, or in a combination of the two, which could come in handy in an environment where users may not have a reliable constant internet connection.

The open day at the university begins at 9:30am and finishes at 3pm at the faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment at the Millennium Point in Eastside, Birmingham, and features expert speakers such as Greg Page from Cisco and Bob Johnson, formerly global head of Orange retail operations.

Project leader Dr Peter Rayson said: “This is an innovative software platform which allows users to have their own ‘virtual PC’, with their personal files and settings, on any machine with internet access, anywhere in the world.

“The cloud platform provides content and apps to inform, interact, socially connect and even entertain, as well as delivering all their essential services and educational requirements. The uniqueness of this technology is that it is accessed via a low cost USB devices plugged into any available PC. 

 “It works across any available bandwidth and provides a working environment off-line, syncing any changes back into the cloud when the internet connection is again available – great for distance learning or leaning where there is no internet connectivity, such as on trains.”

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