With virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), users connect to their desktop environment remotely with a "thin client." This eliminates the need for powerful processors, large hard drives for storage, and constant system updates. With VDI, all software, security programs, and hardware are operated on a remote server where an IT professional maintains the entire system, including updates.
- Lower total cost of ownership. Thin/zero client workstations have the advantages of longer equipment lifecycles, lower initial cost, and less power use than a traditional desktop.
- Efficient use of resources. Each thin/zero client server is capable of running up to 200 sessions simultaneously.
- Increased security. Data remains in the ISU data center rather than being stored on hardware that could be lost or stolen.
- Decreased recovery time. The recovery time after an infection or upgrade to a new operating system decreases from hours to minutes.
- Ease of updating. Lab managers can update entire labs remotely in minutes, or present multiple configurations in the same lab based on who logs in to the endpoint.
CorePlus VDI/Thin Client Services
- VDI central infrastructure and licensing
- VDI image maintenance, including operating system patches, upgrades, and security settings
- VDI image standard application software testing, installation, configuration, patches, and upgrades
- Support for client to install and configure specialty software to VDI image (as needed)
- ISU Net-ID
- 100Mbps network connection
- Desktop configured with minimal software OR hardware capable of running VMWare View connection client. Recommended hardware includes:
|VDI CorePlus User Support||$10||/user/month|
|VDI Workstation (Hardware) Support*||$7||/station/month|
|ITS Lab Hardware Support||$2||/station/month|
*A VDI workstation may be a thin client, zero client or desktop computer configured with minimal local software.