Sangfor aDesk - VDI Solution for Education


Education Virtualization - The Efficiency of Virtualization

Education used to be an insular exercise with the needs of the many overwhelming the needs of the few and a “one size fits all” approach - No so anymore. BYOD, distance learning, real-world experience and multi-media capabilities has made education less of a learning-microcosm and more of a global enterprise.


Sangfor VDI solution is efficient virtualization technology that promises to revolutionize and optimize efficiency in education –with a new “something for everyone” attitude. In his paper “Computers & Education,” Milan Klement writes, “At present, virtualization and virtualization technology represent a powerful tool for the consolidation and simplification of vast hardware and software structures administration. Their potential is extensive, considering their employment; they are used in numerous branches and fields. It is therefore logical that the issue of virtualization technology is becoming a priority for educational institutions not only in terms of their internal information systems, but also as a means of solving particular educational issues regarding advanced administration and operation of information systems.”


Educational institutions who have adopted VDI are experiencing a golden age of increased efficiency with better risk mitigation, increased stability, centralized device control and maintenance and instantaneous recovery in the event of VM failure.


Sangfor aDesk VDI - Education Customer Case Study

Sangfor aDesk VDI - Education Customer Press Release


Efficiency in Education

Security

Educational institutions are tasked with safeguarding student minds, bodies and information. Administration is trusted with a myriad of personal student information like birthdays, addresses, parent or guardian information and even financial details – all of which they are expected to keep secure and private. VDI centralized storage virtualization allows for advanced data protection and security risk visibility as well as reducing vulnerability to attack, downtime and financial loss by:


• Offering enhanced internet access control solutions with multiple authentication, dynamic password, etc.

• Offering real-time internet access management to monitor user behaviour

• Enhancing restrictive and auditing options for exported files and data

• Introducing customizable watermark capabilities


Stability

None can argue that the internet has become an integral part of classwork and homework for students, teachers and administrators at all stages of education. Network instability could have potentially catastrophic effects on students and teachers ability to access or post online assignments, perform research, interact virtually and turn in or post grades for assignments. Sangfor’s VDI solution provides this sorely needed reliability to the end-user. Unlike traditional systems, VDI provides a hyperconverged structure by combining the three central elements of server, storage and network and adopting an N+1 configuration. If a VM fails the mechanism will automatically trigger VM migration, ensuring easy access to data and network even in the event of a catastrophe. Sangfor has also virtualized hard disk storage as a unified storage pool, creating a low-cost solution with high availability. On the networking side, separate data and storage planes significantly improve transmission efficiency.


Centralized Device Control & Maintenance

98% of elementary or secondary schools have access to a computer in the classroom while 77% of teachers reported using the internet for instruction. University student and teacher internet access is much higher with roughly 100% utilizing technology to complete assignments or perform research. With the staggering number of different school-owned and BYOD devices in use, centralized device control and maintenance is no longer a luxury-it’s an absolute necessity. Migrating applications and data to the cloud allows IT administrators using Sangfor aDesk to minimize time spent on basic maintenance and upkeep and maximize productivity by:


• Shortening launch period by 80%

• Reducing virtual machine cloning to 5 minutes per 100 virtual machines

• Enhancing IT administrator operational efficiency on the user interface by 80%

• Monitoring intelligent diagnosis module in real-time

• Reducing complexity of software updates and database refresh

• Introducing white and blacklist capabilities for optimal application control


Why Sangfor aDesk VDI?

Sangfor VDI provides a comprehensive solution by unifying the IT management system, production line devices and backend system. With VDI, the data center and VM’s are hosted on the VDI (server/platform) allowing the IT Manager easy access to the O&M Console. From here desktop management is centralized and troubleshooting or maintenance is processed remotely. All data including desktop image is transmitted directly from the VDI data center to the production line device, allowing for centralized storage, access and control of all data from one central location.



Peripheral Driver Installation
Main-stream industry vendors are not based on the virtualization layer, instead relying on the virtual machine’s operating system. Portability is simple, allowing virtual machines to move from platform to platform, but issues arise with peripheral docking when there are small changes to the operating system like software installation, updates, uninstallation or configuration changes.

Sangfor innovations have improved compatibility by migrating virtual machines to the hypervisor and hardware layer. PC bus mapping designs eliminate any interworking issues between bus and peripheral drivers.

High Availability
Sangfor has enabled our VDI solution to be easy to use and reliable for the end user. Unlike traditional systems, VDI provides a hyperconverged structure by combining the three central elements of server, storage and network and adopting an N+1 configuration. If a VM fails the mechanism will automatically trigger VM migration, ensuring easy access to data and network even in the event of a catastrophe. Sangfor has also virtualized hard disk storage as a unified storage pool, creating a low-cost solution with high availability. On the networking side, separate data and storage planes significantly improve transmission efficiency.

Developed with Windows 10 in Mind

With 400 million active Windows 10 users globally, Sangfor aDesk was developed with a focus on making the user experience more reliable, flexible and productive. Windows 10 is often employed in a mixed environment and supports most devices, enhancing flexibility in the workplace. Sangfor aDesk is a desktop cloud solution designed to take Windows 10 to the next level of productivity by:


• Optimized for Windows 10 2D environment

• Providing ARM & Intel based thin client
• Multi-platform support (thin client, PC, iPad, iPhone and Android)
• Seamless switching and optimized user experience in 2D and 3D environment
• Expanded GPU & vGPU solutions (for NVIDIA, M4000, K1, K2, M10, M60 GPU)

• Virtual slicing technology based on a KVM open source virtualization platform


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