North East China based Dalian Neusoft Institute of Information (NII) has said that it’s deploying Virtual Bridges’ Verde VDI Gen2 to manage more than 30,000 desktops across multiple campuses.
Virtual Bridges called this deployment the largest VDI deployment in a university setting. The company is helping NII reduce hardware, labor and processing costs, ease desktop management and minimize security risks. Moreover, it’s also enhancing the educational experience for students and instructors alike, said company officials.
“The decision to adopt Verde for all NII campuses was the result of an exhaustive search of VDI solutions,” said Dr. Zou Xiang, manager of the Digital Education Technology Center at Dalian Neusoft Institute of Information, adding that Virtual Bridges Verde offered the most advanced, feature-rich VDI technology and is a great fit for universities.
NII is an advanced tertiary educational institute, and its Digital Education Technology Center features a complex ICT infrastructure and state of the art facilities. University officials said that each student is required to have a laptop that is configured appropriately in order to access campus equipment and networks.
Prior to deploying Verde’s solution, it was becoming difficult for the university to manage the vast number of laptops and keeping the network secure was an extremely time-intensive process. Thanks to VDI Gen2, configuration of laptops can now be completed in minutes, said university officials.
“The deployment of Verde across NII campuses makes my job of managing many desktops much easier, thereby enabling me to work on other important issues,” said Dr. Zou Xiang.
In addition to cost savings, the university can now automate many of the corrective and operational procedures that were previously manual tasks, including individually installing updates and deploying software patches to desktop machines, Dr. Zou Xiang said.
“VDI Gen2 is a perfect fit for education environments, easing the management burden, reducing costs and providing enhanced flexibility which allows teachers and students to securely access desktops regardless of location,” said Dr. Jim Clark, vice president and managing director of Virtual Bridges Asia Pacific.
Professor Zhang Wei, Ph.D. and vice president of NII, said that Verde solves one of the most difficult problems encountered in today's VDI environment – handling a large number of users conducting similar operations at the exact same time.
Additionally, Neusoft and Virtual Bridges indicated that they plan to collaborate to develop high quality curriculum and training materials for IT professionals and university graduates in infrastructure management.
Earlier this month, Verde launched the Teacher’s Pet Program, an exclusive opportunity for K-12 school districts to receive complimentary desktop virtualization licenses.
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Edited by Carrie Schmelkin