The Department of Information Technology is pleased to announce a pilot of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology to power the public kiosk units available in the Kresge and FXB buildings. We are piloting a combination of Samsung and Wyse thin-clients replacing the kiosk computers. These new units talk to a robust central server powered by VMWare View and VSphere utilizing Dell and EMC hardware.
We are also piloting VDI for use in the HSPH student computer laboratories and other purposes.
VDI technology could prove to have substantial advantages over current practices including cost savings, energy savings, decreased staff hours to maintain student laboratory computers, improved performance for students, improved security, and increased flexibility in supporting software needs of HSPH courses.
We encourage the community to test the kiosk stations and report any issues or comments to the Helpdesk at 432-HELP.
As our pilot develops, we will also seek students and faculty to test student computing demonstration units in the student computing laboratories.
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