Kingston University deploys desktop virtualisation

Kingston University has deployed virtualisation services across its four campuses and satellite offices.

Kingston University has deployed virtualisation services across its four campuses and satellite offices. The university has provisioned 3,000 Microsoft RemoteFX desktop sessions, and aims to provide 6,000 PCs, 1,000 Macs and more than 1,000 mobile devices via a blended desktop delivery model.

The new infrastructure is made up of HP c-Class BladeSystem and HP P4000 LeftHand Storage Systems, and will provide a virtualised platform for Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host with RemoteFX virtual machines.

Roberto Volo, head of information services infrastructure at Kingston University, said the virtualised environment means the university no longer has to worry about its user devices, operating systems, and hardware upgrade costs.

"The traditional model for universities is heavily managed desktops, where we deliver in excess of 1,000 applications in a managed desktop. Every year we have to rebuild each one with a number of updates, which is very time consuming," he said.

"Realistically we expect to recoup our costs in three to five years. We expect the initial hardware deployment to last five years at least. But the next upgrade won't be on the same scale."

Volo says the centralised deployment of applications could create licensing challenges in the future. "We are talking with software suppliers, but in the education sector we are in a fortunate position with licensing deals, which are based on the number of full-time employees rather than the devices," he said.

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