[teknoids] Desktop virtualization / VDI ?

Chapman, Ben ben.chapman at emory.edu
Wed Sep 7 09:56:08 EDT 2016


Emory is looking into Amazon’s Workspaces for VDI. I agree with you that scale is the key thing – it has never quite worked out to do it at the 200 desktop scale of the law school. However, if we can piggyback on a University-level project, I think it will make sense. We also see it as a way to get a handle on the pressure we are beginning to see with regard to support for multiple devices and BYOD. There is also the potential to virtualize the lab, which is interesting.

Best wishes,


Ben Chapman, JD
Assistant Dean for Information Technology
Emory University School of Law
ben.chapman at emory.edu
IT help: lawhelp at emory.edu
Phone: 404-727-6948

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From: Teknoids <teknoids-bounces at lists.teknoids.net> on behalf of "Sparks, Michael" <Michael.Sparks at law.lsu.edu>
Reply-To: Teknoids <teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 4:49 PM
To: Teknoids <teknoids at lists.teknoids.net>
Subject: [teknoids] Desktop virtualization / VDI ?

Are any of y’all using VDI for faculty and/or staff desktops? We’re considering a hardware refresh and the subject came up. Here are a few questions for schools using VDI:

1 - Who are your target users and why?
2 - Who are your non-VDI users any why?
3 - How is it accessed? Desktop Windows terminals, old PC hardware, laptops, tablets?
4 - What advantages have you realized? What disadvantages?
5 - Savings realized in equipment, administration, licensing?
5 - User satisfaction?
6 - Would you do it again?

My own impression is that it saves money if you have scale of several hundred desktops at a minimum, and that most savings is in administration of a “tight” environment, not in hardware or licensing. Other advantages I would expect are uniform user experience from anywhere (office, home, travel) and potentially better security of school resources. At our size I don’t think we’d see any costs savings and it would possibly be more expensive than traditional PC deployments.

Thanks in advance for your consideration!

J. Michael Sparks
Director of Computing Services
Louisiana State University Law Center


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