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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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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
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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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