Students are expected to bring more devices onto campus than ever before, an average of 6.9 gadgets per student. The management and security challenges associated with these laptops, smartphones, tablets and consoles is why an increasing number of universities are turning to DaaS/VDI from Virtual Bridges, Inc., which today announced strong momentum in the education market, including recent customer wins in the U.S. and abroad.
Currently used by top higher education institutions including the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University, Birmingham Metro College, Chuo University Japan, A. Capatini and Università Bocconi, Virtual Bridges maximizes the value of existing IT investments by lowering support costs and enabling campus-wide Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives and mobile learning.
“With new end users every semester, each with disparate devices and different access requirements, the education market is one of the most challenging for IT professionals to support,” said Sam Cece, CEO at Virtual Bridges. “Our desktop-as-a-service private cloud removes the complexity and supports BYOD demands from teachers and students by offering a secure and user friendly experience. We continue to see very strong traction in the education market and see no end in sight.”
Virtual Bridges makes it easy for both large and small colleges to extend learning well beyond the classroom. The desktop virtualization solution removes the management complexity and eliminates the need to track, maintain, upgrade, repair and keep virus-free all end user devices and computers scattered across campus. Additionally, Virtual Bridges provides flexibility, allowing teachers and students to securely access desktops regardless of whether they are in the classroom, working from home or studying in the library.
Vissensa have been implementing virtual desktop and thin client technology for a number of years and have a wealth of experience in understanding the different use cases that clients need from a VDI solution to provide flexibility in their business. “The explosion of BYOD accelerated our search to find a solution that provides a simple, unified interface to manage desktop, laptop, thin client and mobile users,” said John Yarham, CTO at Vissensa. “Virtual Bridges has been a perfect fit, offering scalability, a concurrent licensing model, comprehensive branch capabilities and full offline capability which is extremely unique. The solution has been particularly beneficial in the education market where student intake changes each year and users are often traveling between campus locations, using multiple devices.”
Virtual Bridges is transforming VDI into a desktop-as-a-service enablement platform. The company’s all-in-one, private cloud solution improves security and mobility across educational institutions by enabling IT professionals to easily deploy, configure and manage the end user computing experience. Universities also benefit from superior coverage regardless of location, supporting remote students or faculty who often work offline due to environmental or location conditions.