New VDI Service Launched
Cloud computing… To many, the amalgamation of these two words sounds like a buzz phrase often mentioned in the workplace, but never fully explored. Quite simply, cloud computing allows users to access their operating system, applications, files and data through a VDI (Virtual Desktop Interface) on any internet enabled device. This is accomplished by storing all the information in a central server as opposed to a local desktop. Virtual Desktop enables users to access their work anywhere via the Internet and with devices such as smartphones and tablets. They are updated and backed up automatically, presenting a low maintenance solution to telecommuting.
VDI is delivered to the user via an ultra-low power and inexpensive computer terminal called a thin client. Not only can thin clients replace the traditional desktop computer, with a 6-10 year lifespan they also have a longer product lifecycle and need to be replaced less frequently. The installation of VDI software, also known as a soft client, on a conventional computer means users can access their virtual desktop from anywhere that has Internet access.
The virtualization of servers, storage and networks through VDI reduces the cost of desktop IT infrastructure, and is a major step towards reducing UBC’s carbon footprint. By making this shift, UBC will provide users with 24/7 computing access, realize tangible cost and energy savings, fully utilize the reliability and high availability of the data center, and simplify user desktop computing support effort.
The VDI service has been deployed to a growing number of departments and faculties throughout UBC. Are you ready to join the cloud?