Schools’ PC virtualisation project delivers computing to rural areas

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  • Thursday, 28 Aug 2014

THE BENEFITS OF VIRTUALISATION: VDI enables rural school students to do computing

Delivering computing to students in rural schools is a serious challenge.

When schools embraced Virtual Desktop Infrastucture (VDI), it became possible to reach 300,000 students in 1,250 schools in just five months, even in the middle of the Borneo Jungles.

VDI technology enabled 25,000 of the Education Ministry’s PCs to be replaced with VMware Horizon, which consolidated desktops, applications and data into a central, virtualised infrastructure.

Instead of the traditional way of interacting with a host computer with a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, the student interacts with the host computer with a thin-client via a network connection. 

Prior to the VDI deployment, transporting engineers to rural areas for system maintenance presented logistical challenges, resulting in inconsistent service.

With VDI, the Ministry is now able to centralise its management, enabling the schools to receive latest software updates and applications.

The Education’s Ministry’s senior IT officer Noorhisham Shahabudin said, “The most important part (of the deployment), is that it can help reduce the digital gap for students who live in the rural and urban areas.” 

Also, the Ministry doesn’t need to purchase new PCs after each life cycle.

This is the largest VDI deployment in Malaysia by the Ministry and has won the 2014 VMware Innovation Awards in the category of Transforming IT by Defying Convention.

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