Enhance the quality of education for the entire school community.
Ensuring that faculty, staff and students have equal access to the IT resources they need, and can access them whenever they’re needed, is critical to providing quality education. Schools can realize tangible, substantial benefits by converting from physical to virtual desktops hosted in our data center.
Standardized Desktops: By centralizing desktops and turning PCs into generic endpoint access devices, you can deliver a uniform desktop, regardless of the age of the system it is accessed from, while still customizing desktops for groups of users. IT staff can provide groups of users with the same, latest versions of core applications and operating systems.
Improved Management: Typical small school IT departments are faced with the challenge of supporting many different computer systems, operating systems and applications for all of the school’s grade levels. However, by standardizing desktops and managing them from a central location, you can much more easily support the various grade levels, teachers and administration needs. If users inadvertently change their desktops, IT can easily roll them back to a good state and quickly get the desktops up and running. In addition, annual maintenance and updates are also greatly simplified because IT is only working with a limited set of standardized images, while performing all these administrative tasks through the management portal.
Universal Access: All users can access their desktops from any location, and IT doesn’t have to worry about people using USB sticks that could introduce viruses. Students can keep up with their coursework using their own devices and teachers can work from home and still access all of their materials.
Easy scalability: If the student population grows, or shrinks, you can respond quickly by altering the number of desktops through the management portal.
Controlled internet access: Schools grapple with internet control issues. They need to make sure that students who use the internet for schoolwork are not accessing inappropriate content, and they need to guard against viruses, malware and spyware that could be introduced into the network by people downloading unauthorized software. All users and desktops can go through a controlled access point to the internet, enabling you to filter content, control software downloads and minimize the risk of viruses, malware and spyware.
Affordable, predictable budgeting, lower costs: Schools traditionally purchase new PCs when funding is earmarked for computing resources. However, because funding levels are never enough to replace all their PCs at once, they end up replacing them on a staggered basis. The resulting inequality means that students and teachers can’t run the same versions of software and they can’t leverage the newest educational and administrative applications that would have been immediately available.
Because virtual desktops are consumed on a subscription-basis, IT costs are now linear and easier to budget. Instead of desktops being a capital expenditure, and one that is subject to depreciation, they are now an operating expense. And with DaaS® predicted to save 25%-35% over traditional desktop practices, you can lower overall desktop IT costs. Equally important, you are no longer so dependent on funding levels because you don’t have to continually upgrade computing resources.