VDI technology provides access to the campus from everywhere and any device

In a society that is increasingly more digitalised, it´s necessary to reinvent the traditional education models and the way services are delivery to students, administrative and teaching staff of the educational centres.

Just as the concept of a campus as “the buildings of a college or university” evolve to become a digital campus open 24 hours a day, accessible from everywhere and any device. To do so, the IT managers from the educational field face a series of challenges:

Redesign learning spaces to make them ready for mobility. To create flexible learning spaces and encourage collaboration between students, teaching and administrative staff, providing remotely all the services, applications and resources.

Ensure security in the remote data and applications delivery and protect student’s privacy. Nowadays where the security of many big companies has been tested, educational centres must be aware about the importance of ensuring security in the delivery of the confidential data they handle, for example their scientific research, as well as protect the privacy of students.  

VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is a virtualisation technology that make possible mobility in universities, secondary and primary schools, business training centres, technical institutes, online training centres, etc.

Currently, companies as Citrix and VMware account for a significant portion of the market, while their solutions can be efficient, their prices are very high. But there are other VDI alternatives as QVD, a virtual desktop and application infrastructure for Linux environment considerably more affordable and flexible. [VDI solution developed by Qindel Group, a company that also offers virtualisation of Windows application].

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To get a clearer idea on how QVD helps Educational institutions, below the functionalities and advantages that the VDI provides to the field are detailed:

Helps to cut costs

From the Start QVD was oriented towards big installations with an emphasis on using resources in an optimal way making the most of the virtualisation technologies available in Linux:

For example, the use of containers (LXC) enables hardware requirements needed per virtual machine to be halved, in comparison with other virtualisation technologies.

Another example is the use that QVD makes of Linux storage technology to de-duplicate the data on disk, reducing the storage capacity requirements. This makes QVD highly competitive compared to other VDI solutions when using the hardware, which means a considerable reduction in the initial investment.

Also, the use of Linux remote desktops helps to reduce the initial investment on software licences, operating systems and applications.

Another advantage of the VDI solutions such as QVD is that it extends the PC lifetime, reducing costs associated with the IT infrastructure renewal.

In the specific case of physical laboratories used in the educational field, it is common to find that each subject area has its own laboratory, which can be complicated, since each laboratory requires specific applications, operating system, etc. The VDI technology permits that computer rooms can be used to provide different laboratories and to change from one environment to another instantly.

Ensures data security and protect student’s privacy

QVD is capable of delivering confidential data and applications remotely ensuring security, that is possible thanks to the security mechanism that uses:

Communications between the client and the farm of servers are always encrypted using the latest TLS versions, so the security and confidentiality of personal data is guaranteed.

The user´s (students, researchers, teaching and administrative staff, etc.) data storage is done in a centralised way, which permits the implementation of more strict and effective security policies as well as avoiding security gaps such as the robbery of physical equipment.

Due to QVD using Linux, where computer virus incidence is practically non-existent, it is less likely to be infected.
It is possible, for example, to manage in an automate way the assignment of different virtual machines to students, depending on the subject areas that are enrolled. Also, to establish access policies depending on times, the place of connection or the type of device that it uses.

Provides an environment with flexible centralised administration

QVD provides a centralised administration console that makes it possible to manage all the platform resources (users, virtual machine, disk image, computing nodes, applications, etc.) in an efficient way, supporting multi-tenancy and multiple administrative management profiles.

The QVD capacity to integrate with other corporate Back Office systems (user directories, ERP, student’s management applications, etc.) is very interesting for the educational field, so it makes it possible the automate provision and management of the resources.

It is possible, for example, to manage in an automate way the assignment of different virtual machines to students, depending on the subject areas that are enrolled. Also, to establish access policies depending on times, the place of connection or the type of device that it uses.

It is also possible to integrate with external authentication platforms such as eduroam, to provide volatile virtual desktops to users linked to other educational institutions.

QVD is open source

QVD has been developed according to the open source philosophy, it means that its source code is accessible to be studied, modified, improved, etc. Also, it means that it can adapted to the study centre’s particular needs. QVD goes hand-in-hand with the culture of collaboration and continuous learning promoted by educational institutions.

VDI solution developed by Qindel Group

Qindel Group provides IT solutions for the educational field adapted to the requirements of mobility, flexibility and security demanded by the market. Currently, the company has started a campaign aimed at the educational field to make virtualisation more accessible to all educational centres and institutions through a tailor-made subscription plan.

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