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Education Turns to Desktop Virtualization for Increased Collaboration

October 2, 2012
at 8:54 am PST

Of course, we at Cisco are aware of how desktop virtualization benefits organizations. However, we also know that it isn’t just about desktop-only virtualization. This is why we created Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) to not only deliver desktop virtualization but also provide secure access to data, voice and video for fixed and mobile devices.

I recently read several success stories of educational institutions who turned to Cisco VXI and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to help reduce costs and IT management overhead while increasing internal and external collaboration. Two of these case studies -- one from K-12 and one higher education -- are listed below. If you are interested in the topic, they are definitely worth the read.

  • Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) – The Department of Medicine (DOM) at BUMC was not equipped to handle the digital needs of modern research and the department’s daily massive production of research data. Data loss in labs was frequent and data security was being compromised. BUMC turned to Cisco UCS to support its virtual desktop project. UCS’ capability to simplify and quicken application deployment has made researchers significantly more productive. Additionally, UCS has facilitated collaboration between different research institutions, allowing DOM researchers to virtually collaborate with medical researchers outside of the institution.
  • Utica City School District (UCSD) – The increasing number of mobile devices used by students led UCSD to turn to desktop virtualization. The district also wanted to integrate digital interactive whiteboards, rewire schools for improved wireless networking access, and support personalized educational software. To achieve desktop virtualization for all 13 of its K-12 schools, UCSD integrated Cisco VXI and UCS. Today, UCSD has integrated one of two purchased UCS platforms and has virtualized 1,000 school computers (out of 3,000). The virtualized model has enabled UCSD to provide personalized learning software packages, such as ESL learning software, on its newly virtual desktops so that its multicultural students can access it at any time. With Cisco, UCSD experienced cost savings, simplified network management and an enhanced, collaborative learning environment where teachers can push educational content, including lesson plans and online classroom materials, to any mobile device connected throughout the district.

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