Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Comes to Menlo
July 11, 2011:
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Menlo College is undertaking one of the most comprehensive hosted virtual desktop rollouts in higher education, simultaneously deploying persistent and non-persistent virtual desktops for all of its users and use cases, including student labs, the library, administration, faculty, and staff.
The campus-wide Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) initiative will give students greater access to lab applications, reduce the operational costs of desktop management, minimize the capital expenses needed for PC refresh, and reduce the college's carbon footprint.
Menlo College is using technology from Unidesk and VMware as the foundation for its VDI project, leveraging Unidesk's ability to create virtual desktops using only local storage to bring the annual cost per desktop under $300, about the same as physical PC replacements.