Virtualization

Keiser U Implements Expands Desktop Virtualization in Computer Labs

Keiser University, a private institution in Florida, has expanded its implementation of virtual desktops in its computer labs. The university now supports more than 700 virtual and cloud desktops to provide its students with access to online academic resources.

The university first began using virtual desktops five years ago with the goal of lowering costs, reducing power consumption and enabling centralized management of more than 20 desktop computer labs. At the time, the university selected Thinspace Technology as its provider, and according to the company, Keiser University's virtual desktop implementation paid for itself within two years. The university also reduced its power consumption significantly and achieved its goal of centralized management.

Based on the success of its initial implementation, Keiser University has expanded its adoption of Thinspace's virtualization technology, with a total of more than 600 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) desktops and 180 cloud desktops, according to a news release from the company. The university also implemented a new cloud-based solution from Thinspace that delivers Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows 8 to several of its computer labs.

The virtual and cloud desktops cost the university less to implement and operate than traditional desktops, and the IT staff no longer have to spend their time reimaging desktops in the computer labs. The university's faculty and students now use the virtual desktops to access online academic curriculum to support their studies.

Keiser University is a private institution with its main campus located in Fort Lauderdale, FL and 14 other campuses located throughout the state. The university serves 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students through traditional and online course delivery formats.

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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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