A higher education college in Scotland that offers a wide range of courses, including administrative business, computing, child care, media, social sciences, and art and science wanted to simplify their desktop management environment. There are about 350 employees and approximately 10,500 students enrolled annually. The higher education facility contacted Devon IT, a leading provider of thin client terminals and server-hosted desktop solutions, by recommendation to see if a hosted client solution would be more efficient for their IT environment.
There are a range of technologies to consider for a school’s learning goals. Tight budgets and limitations when choosing educational technologies can be tricky. The first thing to ask is if a specific technology will enhance student learning capabilities. The college’s goal was to try and reduce cyclic renewal costs while maximizing their desktop hardware lifespan. The major IT issue the college was facing was giving their learners wider access, simplifying hardware management and escalating cyclic renewal costs.
Before switching to Devon IT’s architecture, the college used Nortel (now Avaya hardware), Microsoft AD, and Psychical and virtual server infrastructure. They had approximately 1,000 endpoints, desktop, laptop, and now VDI. Their new college was built in 2007 and delivered a pervasive, gigabit unified network. Their virtual server infrastructure deployed in 2009 and in 2011 they introduced a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
After putting together a package of thin client desktop terminals, the Devon IT thin client terminals and VDI Blaster™ software were implemented into the College’s environment. The virtualization technology was deployed through VMware to deliver Windows 7 upgrade to 70 library clients. The desktop solution was executed through HP servers with Fusion-IO storage and VMware View virtualization software.
Implementing a virtual desktop infrastructure with Devon IT thin client terminals helped to simplify their IT architecture, while VDI Blaster™ extended the life of their existing hardware desktop investments. With Devon IT’s virtual desktop solution package, technology usage expanded into classrooms creating a larger but simplified technology infrastructure for students.