Blog November 9, 2016

College Campus Edition: Hosted VDI Solution

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 desktops that can be accessed by any user on any device, allowing students, faculty, and staff to use their personal hardware to access the same desktop experience. More and more colleges are turning to a VDI for staff and students to lower costs, improve support and security, and increase accessibility and flexibility.

As an organization’s number of supported devices and applications grow, 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. Often 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.

Colleges in many cases have turned to a VDI for course labs and required applications. Virtual desktop hosting can save universities money by lowering the cost of deploying new applications, consolidating desktop management, decreasing the amount of desktops and laptops needed to purchase, as well as reducing energy costs. A VDI solution through a third party service provider can also deliver full support including data security, fault tolerant storage, backup and recovery, disaster recovery, and managed system upgrades. Not only do universities have more reliable and secure networks with a VDI, but the ease of management also ensures that they stay at the forefront of any software or application updates.

Students also gain benefits from colleges implementing a VDI. They can login 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 get the same desktop experience as they would if they were physically on campus.

Through its partnerships with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, Connectria provides market-proven hosted VDI solutions. Connectria will manage the back-end responsibilities of data storage, security, and upgrades, all backed by Connectria’s exceptional 24/7 support. Your virtual desktop instances can be built, deployed and managed from one central location rather than having to do it on each individual device.

If you have any questions regarding virtual desktop hosting or Connectria’s solutions and services, please contact us.

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