Reduce VDI Costs
Most universities come to us after trying to use an expensive VDI solution, or some sort of layering technique, to deliver all of their apps to students and staff.
VDI vendors often sell a virtualized desktop infrastructure as a solution to application deployment problems. The reality is that VDI is meant for the desktop; it's not really designed to deliver apps, especially graphics-intensive software that's highly demanding. Universities who've tried VDI have found they had massive images and were constantly maintaining and feeding the VDI image monster.
Pixel streaming is not the best way to deploy an app to your students. Fact.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in education
VDI is commonly used at a university or college to:
- provide a consistent desktop experience to users
- allow desktops to be spun out quickly to users on demand
- allow for greater flexibility of dedicated lab spaces
The benefits of application virtualization within VDI are similar to that of a physical desktop. If operating multiple images it allows you to scale this back, ideally to just one image. It then allows you to significantly reduce this image size, remove conflicts between apps and deliver apps on demand, where and when they're needed.
The ironic part of the bullets above is that the same benefits could be listed for application virtualization.
However, if you can deliver these benefits in VDI, over a traditional desktop, you can then considerably reduce your storage costs and other outgoings associated with VDI.
AppsAnywhere is used at a number of sites alongside VDI for the reasons listed above, but what we always see is that once implemented, questions are asked as to why VDI is still required. AppsAnywhere is a great solution for VDI, but there are even greater benefits outside of the VDI environment, where running apps locally will offer a far superior user experience.
Most VDI vendors recommend some form of application virtualization as the delivery mechanism within a VDI.
Using Cloudpaging and AppsAnywhere
Cloudpaging is an application virtualization solution that can deliver 100% of Windows apps, even those with dependencies or those requiring access to drivers, plugins, or old versions of Java for example.
If reducing associated VDI costs is an area of interest, we recommend reading our Le Moyne College article on VDI sprawl (or watching the webinar), to understand how they improved their student (and staff) experience, whilst delivering cost savings on their VDI setup, thanks to Cloudpaging and AppsAnywhere.
Unified Application Delivery
AppsAnywhere can also be used in conjuction with any VDI and RDS solutions, including VMware Horizon and Parallels RAS. That means your university can deploy apps in a number of different ways, all through a consistent and beautiful portal, available to access on any device.
Read more: Supported application delivery methods >
Related reading on VDI...
VDI: One of the stand-out technologies of the decade. The promise? To deliver end user IT services wrapped inside a remote desktop window. It was everyone's dream, but was a promise that never delivered.View
Phil Spitze, Senior System Administrator at Le Moyne College New York, talks about how they used Software2 to solve two major VDI challenges; Gold Image Bloat and VDI Pool Sprawl.View
Like many other universities, Pitt State originally chose VDI as the best solution to deploy apps to students. After realizing that performance is patchy and costs are astronomical, the university sought another technology.View