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UCLA Library Service Rolls Out Virtual Desktops for Students

The University of California Los Angeles Library Service has completed implementation of desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) across its 13 campus libraries.

The university had been looking for a cost-effective solution to provide desktops for students on the libraries' public terminals. Following a pilot deployment, the university rolled out a DaaS platform from tuCloud. Thousands of UCLA students now use the tuCloud DaaS platform each month to access digital resources, such as academic journals, publications, papers, and subscriptions. tuCloud is providing the technology, support, and hosting for the DaaS desktops in the public areas of UCLA libraries.

According to the company, tuCloud's DaaS platform is a fully managed and hosted cloud desktop solution for organizations with more than 100 desktop users. The platform uses the company's proprietary DaaS Engine technology, which integrates connection brokering, load balancing, high-availability stretch clustering, and intuitive management control panels into a single appliance.

"The tuCloud DaaS Engine is a next-generation Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution based on patent-pending (true linear) grid distributed architecture that completely redefines the way virtual desktops are delivered and managed, cutting down on the cost and complexity of virtual desktop infrastructure," according to the company.

According to Guise Bulle, CEO of tuCloud, the company's managed desktop solution can be scaled on demand, so UCLA will be able to expand its DaaS implementation as needed, and unlike traditional desktop virtualization solutions, the tuCloud DaaS Engine does not require shared storage, which further simplifies scaling.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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