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Desktop Virtualisation, also known as VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), offers significant benefits to schools.
What is it?
Desktop Virtualisation separates the physical machine from the software running on the desktop. This means that instead of the heavy data processing happening on your desktop or laptop, it happens in a 'virtual machine' than runs on a server.
Sounds complicated, so what does it do?
It provides the ability to repurpose existing, old desktop hardware into the Desktop Virtualisation environment, thus transforming it into thin clients (or dumb terminals, if you like). This extends the life of hardware and removes significant capital outlay on new desktop infrastructure, every time a major upgrade to the desktop hardware and software is required. Therefore no desktop hardware needs to be touched in such an infrastructure upgrade, as it is applied to the virtual machine held centrally.
This means that for example, staff can remotely access SIMS information without the data ever leaving the school. Furthermore, pupils can access the system from home and use all of the school’s software with no licensing issues.
How does it benefit the school?
- Extends PC life by up to 3 times!
- Centralises resources and control
- Increases standardisation
- Reduces administration costs
- Minimises e-waste
- Allows the school to amend license numbers based on actual usage
- It really saves the school money!
AzteQ would be pleased to discuss your requirements, provide saving estimates, as well as implement and support your installation.
Case study - Warrender School
The system installed at Warrender provides secure access control, document and printer sharing, over a secure high speed network. Because the VDI is web based all pupils and staff have identical access opportunities (for example from public libraries or internet cafes) and access the system via a common user interface, whether they’re using a netbook running Linux, an Apple Mac or a Windows PC.
Paul Lake, Headteacher at Warrender stated; “We wanted a common software environment for everyone, regardless of platform, location or time of day; AzteQ has helped us to develop a vision for ICT and has realised that vision in a cost effective way.”