Students today expect round-the-clock access to IT resources and support, whether they’re on or off campus and leveraging school-provisioned or personal devices. Moreover, as curricula continue to shift to support online and hybrid online/classroom learning, constant access to IT resources is increasingly crucial to student and faculty productivity.

Keeping pace with evolving technology and regulations, not to mention hiring an IT staff to manage and maintain on-site IT infrastructures, can be difficult to reconcile against providing a quality education at a competitive cost. Even institutions with larger IT budgets may find they simply do not have the expertise or resources to stand-up and operate an intricate IT infrastructure in a timely, efficient manner. Ultimately, to drive enrollment and student success, education institutions must innovate.

Many institutions have explored implementing an on-site virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). With VDI, multiple desktops can be hosted from a central server, enabling students, faculty and staff to access virtual desktops online. Key benefits of on-site VDI include:

Enables Thin Clients- Institutions can reduce demands to update hardware, as machines often require less computing power to connect to virtual desktops.
Enhanced Security- All data is stored remotely, not on the hard drives of end-user devices.
24-hour Access- Users can access virtual desktops over the Internet anytime, instead of relying on access to computer labs.
Unfortunately, setting up an on-site VDI often requires significant up-front hardware and software investments. Moreover, configuration and management typically requires support staff with specialized knowledge.