The key factors to consider when implementing VDI
In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for universities to provide students with wider access to software, apps, and resources both on and off-campus. Providing students with the ability to work wherever and whenever is now expected of higher education organizations, which has led to many implementing a range of solutions.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has become a popular cloud-based solution for higher education organizations. When considering using a VDI solution for facilitating remote study and moving away from physical desktops on-campus, it’s important to understand the best way to implement VDI for your organization. In this guide, we’ll explore the key considerations that must be taken into account when implementing VDI.
VDI is a virtual desktop solution that allows students to connect using a virtual setting and access university software and apps in the same both on and off-campus, in exactly the same way as they would use a physical machine.
For higher education organizations, this cloud solution helps to provide continuity of education and maintain the overall student experience. It can also help to save costs and resources for IT departments who are left with more time for issues that are not related to physical desktop technology.
Read Citrix' article on VDI: What is VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure)?
Before VDI deployment takes place, there are several key factors that should be considered to determine whether it’s the right solution for a particular organization.
It’s vital to make these considerations to ensure that a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is implemented properly and well, with all of the functionality required from the start. A failure to do this can result in a poor end-user experience and additional costs incurred late when the system needs updating or expanding to ensure that all students are provided with the access they need, when they need it.
Taking the time to assess the organization for suitability will ensure the best student experience, keeping them engaged and providing them with the ability to stay up-to-date with their studies, no matter where they are, the device they’re using or the operating system they’re using.
One of the most important reasons to carefully consider desktop virtualization as a solution is the overall cost and continuity. If the original solution does not work or is not adequate, additional costs will be required in order to change it.
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