Temasek Polytechnic transforms learning with VDI
By Khoo Boo Leong 18-Jun-2012
The polytechnic in Singapore recently adopted VMware View on campus. In the virtual desktop environment, the school will leverage private cloud resources and maintain a managed, secure environment to provide new ways for lecturers and students to engage and collaborate across applications and data from any device, where and when a student needs it.
Recent enhancements to VMware View 5.1 enable IT organizations to streamline provisioning, conﬁguration management, connection brokering, policy enforcement, performance monitoring, and application assignment from a single management console. IT organizations can also increase security and compliance by moving data into the datacenter, centrally enforcing endpoint security and policy conﬁguration and streamlining antivirus processes.
Other benefits include the ease of refreshing lab systems for each new session or incoming batch of students and overcoming physical constraints in class schedules.
"Students may prefer to use their own equipment for learning. About 90% of our students already have their own equipment. In fact, they are requesting us to supply more power points for charging their [mobile devices]."
- Mandy Mak,
"For example, [in the past] we can install software licenses in only in two labs and we may have students from six classes," Lai explained. "So, we have to reschedule or stagger the classes. These problems have been removed because we can now [support] six classes concurrently as long as we have [the resources, systems and labs] and we can push out the images."
However, not all students use the latest machines. At their homes, students may still rely on desktop computers a few generations behind. "What we want is for them to still use their existing machines without any issue [with compatibility and support]," Lai said. "So, one of the solutions is to deploy VDI."
"We're also helping students from humble backgrounds who are unable to [procure] a high-power notebook or desktop at home," Lai added. "A VDI environment, which requires minimal computing power on the client side, will really help them."