College of Charleston's AppsAnywhere Journey
Institutions are then faced with an awkward problem: delivering a remote desktop experience for some users with some software applications while delivering local installers for other users with other software applications.
This leads to significant end-user confusion since contextual awareness is needed for each user’s platform and software needs to determine the appropriate course of action. It was clear that a solution was needed that could serve as a one-stop shop for software needs, regardless of how the experience was delivered.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a common technique for remote software delivery. VDI is frequently an expensive infrastructure to build, from software licensing to hardware procurement and maintenance.
Utilizing existing computer resources in the form of idle lab computers is attractive, but utilizing existing remote desktop services lacks polish and clean integration with the end-users system. Further, it is incongruent with the intent to reduce lab computer inventories.
Cloud computational resources are easily purchased and scaled, but the high operational cost of cloud resources yields that on-premise resources have a relatively short ROI. However, high up-front costs are difficult to absorb into reduced institutional budgets.