January 20, 2011 12:00 a.m. CST
A new service, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is now available from IT Services at Iowa State University. VDI allows users to connect to their desktop environment remotely with a new "thin client" workstation, or with any working computer. However the user connects, the need for powerful processors, large hard drives for storage, and constant system updates is eliminated. With VDI, all software, security programs, updates, and hardware are operated and maintained on a remote server. Additional advantages to using VDI include lower cost of ownership, more efficient use of resources, increased security, and decreased recovery time in the event of an infection or operating system upgrade.
For complete information on VDI at ISU, including costs and ordering information, see http://www.it.iastate.edu/vdi/.