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Thomas Hoover Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer. Desktop Virtualization. Virtual Desktop Initiative at UTC. What is desktop virtualization?.

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Thomas hoover associate vice chancellor and chief information officer
Thomas HooverAssociate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer

Desktop Virtualization


Virtual Desktop Initiative at UTC

What is desktop virtualization?

A thin client device can be used instead of a full size computer. The thin client remotely connects to a server and displays the Windows 7 operating system on the thin client device connected to a monitor.

Thin Client Device

Why desktop virtualization?

  • Less money (48% cheaper than PC)

  • Less energy ( more than 89% more energy efficient)

  • Easier to manage and maintain

  • Most people are just using Microsoft Office products and surfing the web


Virtual Desktop Initiative at UTC

  • Cost Containment Strategy

  • - Reducing desktop costs allow IT to redirect money to classroom technology and address greater IT needs

  • Better utilization of limited resources

  • Less staff can manage more machines

  • Total cost per device $632.83(This includes device, license, and servers)

  • Savings per device versus a PC $567.17



Energy savings
Energy Savings

Based on energy savings alone the ROI is 7.95 years


Where deployed
Where Deployed

  • Academic Computing Labs

  • Classroom computers in the podium

  • Conference Rooms connected to large television screens

  • Library Computing lab

  • Residential Living Areas


The future
The Future

(Expansion Plans)

  • Areas we are looking to implement:

    • Virtualize 1/3 of our public labs (500 out of 1500 public computers)

    • Use virtual desktops in new UTC library

    • More widely install as classroom computer in the podium

    • Replace general use computers (general kiosks) with virtual machines

    • Replace campus operators computers

    • Replace Bursar's Office walk up computers and possible staff machines

    • Staff use throughout the university



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