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Blog November 9, 2016

Hosted VDI Solution: College Campus Edition

Last updated April 2, 2020

A virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) creates a more secure and resilient environment for your end-users. VDI implementations are becoming more commonplace at universities to create a virtual desktop accessible by any user on any device. Essentially, this allows students, faculty, and staff to use their personal hardware to access the same desktop experience. Increasingly, colleges are turning to a VDI for staff and students to lower costs, improve support and security, and increase accessibility and flexibility.

IT Expenses

As an organization’s number of supported devices and applications grows, IT expenses can be costly and difficult to manage. Many higher education institutions have laptops that students can rent or computers in labs and the library. Oftentimes, these machines have limited computing power which can be an issue if students and faculty are required to use various high-performance applications. Furthermore, if students are using their own laptops, it is essential for them to be able to access the college’s network for assignments, projects, and virtual labs.

VDI Solution

Colleges in many cases have turned to a VDI for course labs and required applications. Virtual desktop hosting can save universities money by:

  • Reducing energy costs
  • Consolidating desktop management
  • Lowering the cost of deploying new applications
  • Decreasing the number of desktops and laptops needed to purchase

Additionally, a VDI solution through a third-party service provider can also deliver full support including data security, disaster recovery, managed system upgrades, as well as backup and recovery. Not only do universities have more reliable and secure networks with a VDI, but the ease of management also ensures they stay at the forefront of any software or application updates.

Additional Benefits

Students also gain benefits from colleges implementing a VDI. They can log in to their desktop and access all of their applications from any device. This provides students with flexibility, allowing them to work from anywhere that has internet access and enjoy the same on-campus desktop experience.

Through our partnerships with VMware, Citrix, and Microsoft, Connectria provides market-proven hosted VDI solutions. Most importantly, Connectria will manage the back-end responsibilities of:

  • Data storage
  • Security
  • Upgrades
  • And more!

In the end, your virtual desktop instances can be built, deployed and managed from one central location, all backed by Connectria’s exceptional 24/7 support.

Contact us if you have any questions regarding virtual desktop hosting or Connectria’s solutions and services. Click here to learn more about Citrix and Connectria.


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