Black Box VirtuaCore is a New, Fiscally Attractive Computing Option for Education Settings – Seamlessly Turns One PC into Two or Four Using Shared Computing Power

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Powerful Desktop Virtualization Saves Energy Usage and Requires Less Computer Maintenance - Significantly Lowers the Cost of Replacing Computers by a Factor of Two or Four

Black Box Corporation (NASDAQ:BBOX), an industry-leading provider of voice communications, data infrastructure, and product solutions, now offers VirtuaCore™, a computer sharing technology that is ideal for educational institutions. Black Box’s VirtuaCore effectively segments dual-core processors into two separate drives and quad-core processors into four individual fully functioning drives.

The software instructs a PC to perform certain shared actions when extra keyboards, monitors, and mice are connected. Additional seats are powered using the CPU’s excess capacity, providing end users with computing power without the actual computer. The computer’s resources are shared; however individual users can have their own applications loaded onto the VirtuaCore system. Software issues with one user will not affect the performance of others utilizing the same shared CPU power.

One VirtuaCore user can manage the other connected workstations, allowing teachers control and viewing privileges over other VirtuaCore users. Educators can also show their own work on the student learner’s screen, aiding in real-time interactive instruction. An integrated custom search engine gives instructors fast access to open-source community materials.

VirtuaCore uses Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, or Windows XP and closely follows Microsoft® security and volume licensing rules for virtual machine technology. Unlike legacy thin-client solutions, VirtuaCore allows usage of USB cables to allow users to remotely plug in USB devices at their seat, without other users seeing their device data.

The VirtuaCore interface is user friendly, and suitable for individuals with minimal technical expertise. VirtuaCore is an environmentally friendly choice, lowering typical energy costs by 60 to 75 percent by greatly reducing the number of power-draining CPUs.

“With VirtuaCore, we give educational facilities incredible computing flexibility without the pitfalls common to thin client setups,” said Brian Kutchma, director of marketing for Black Box. “VirtuaCore gives users a standard desktop computer without the capital costs, making it a perfect solution for budget-strapped school districts. The user simply needs a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, and they can utilize excess CPU capacity to perform all necessary learning tasks. Computer-assisted learning is an essential component for education, and VirtuaCore puts computers in the hands of more students without substantial expense.”

The potential cost savings using VirtuaCore can be discovered by using the company’s 3-Year Lifecycle Calculator, located at: http://www.blackbox.com/go/virtuacore_CE. For more information about VirtuaCore, visit http://www.blackbox.com/go/virtuacore.

About Black Box
Black Box is a leading technology product solutions provider that helps customers build, manage, optimize, and secure their networks. The company is a single source for cabling, cabinets and racks, data comm, digital signage, infrastructure, KVM switching, networking, security, wireless, and more. Black Box is ISO 9001 certified and has received numerous industry recognitions, including the following awards: Info Security Products Global Excellence, CRN Tech Innovator, TMC Communications Solutions Product of the Year, Network Products Guide Reader Trust, Network Products Guide Product Innovation, Five Star ratings from SC Magazine, and a Cabling Business Magazine Award of Excellence. Black Box provides its customers with free, 24/7 pre- and post-sales technical support.

Black Box® and the Double Diamond logo are registered trademarks of BB Technologies, Inc. Any third-party trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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