This is a two-part blog series on the changing role of desktop virtualization in the Higher Education space. This first part of the blog will focus primarily on the ways that VDI has changed the environment in higher learning institutions, and Part 2 will focus on ways that I see VDI’s role continuing to evolve in the future.When I first started talking to universities, community colleges and for-profit learning institutions about desktop virtualization, there was a constant theme: a need to streamline management of sprawling computer labs. On top of trying to keep students from pirating music and providing phone support for thousands of different kinds of personal devices, the average campus IT department was supporting 1,000 lab computers dispersed across 100 different locations. The amount of personnel time that was devoted to “Patch Tuesday” and endpoint remediation was astronomical.Because as many as 10% of those computers rejected patches and had to have in-person maintenance, “Patch Tuesday” could easily bleed into “Patch Wednesday” and beyond. As a result, the idea that lab computer maintenance could be centralized and completed from a single command center was very attractive. Moving lab systems from traditional PCs to thin clients further reduced management burdens and drove simpler execution. IT administrators could transition from gearing up for Patch Tuesday and address more strategic initiatives that would help the university.And, then, for those that adopted early to solve those management problems, some magic happened. Applications, tools, even the entire desktop experience could be directly served to student computers as well, enabling greater flexibility, taking pressure off campus labs during the crunch of midterms and finals, and allowing students to take advantage of sophisticated software suites from the comfort of their dorm rooms at 3 a.m.The results were transformative for both teaching and learning. Students could work when and where it made sense for them, rather than competing for software access during lab hours. Plus, VDI helped bridge the digital divide between wealthier and poorer students. Less powerful student-owned endpoints that lacked the horsepower or rendering capability to run sophisticated applications could now access a broad range of software from campus servers. This also opened new doors for schools serving students with alternate scheduling needs, like working students attending night classes.Discussions with forward-thinking campus IT professionals about how desktop virtualization could enable lab consolidation and transformation led to initiatives to free up classroom space and create “21st Century Collaboration Spaces.” Instead of rows and rows of computers, these spaces could now be equipped with areas for smaller groups of students, including remote students via webcam, to work together. This was great in concept, but there was a technology barrier to really making this happen. When the computer labs were originally set up, a lot of the smaller, more specialized labs were put in place specifically to serve up sophisticated applications for modelling, CAD, or statistical analysis.Until recently, though, desktop virtualization technology was limited in its ability to virtualize 3D graphics applications and deliver a seamless user experience. So, perhaps counterintuitively, these smaller labs could not be consolidated. As a result many campuses were forced to run a dual-technology structure for their labs, with some labs running virtually and others relying on traditional endpoints.In the past year or two, dramatically-improved graphics virtualization technologies and ever-more powerful thin clients have completely changed the game, yet again. Suddenly, historically complex applications can be accessed in frictionless architecture in a generalized lab that allows for students with a range of workloads, from a simple Word document to accessing complex CAD/CAM applications, with no degradation in speed or user experience.Additionally, students have the flexibility to access these applications on their own computers back at the dorm. Following this transition, we’re hearing more about true lab consolidation and the freeing-up of labs into either collaboration spaces or much-needed classroom or meeting spaces, especially in urban campuses where space is at a premium and expansion isn’t an option. Indeed, the benefits of cloud client-computing are so powerful that Higher Ed as a sector has been among the strongest advocates for the technology among early adopters of desktop and graphics virtualization.So, what’s next for Higher Ed and VDI? What new problems can this technology solve in the university environment, as it gets more powerful and less expensive? Stay tuned next week for Part 2 of this two-part blog series to find out our ideas for interesting directions moving forward.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 78-year-old woman was killed when she crashed her car in her hometown of East Northport on Sunday afternoon.Suffolk County police Barbara Dedicke was driving a Honda southbound on Elwood Road when her vehicle struck a parked car and a utility pole just north of Clay Pitts Road at 3:30 p.m.Dedicke was pronounced dead at the scene. She was driving alone and there were no other injuries.Second Squad detectives impounded the Honda, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crash to call them at 631-854-8252. read more
Italian container terminal operator Contship Italia Group announced that terminal operations in La Spezia (LSCT), Ravenna (TCR) and Melzo (RHM), as well as all intermodal transport services run by Hannibal and Oceanogate Italia, continue to operate as normal.The announcement is being issued amid a rapid increase of coronavirus cases in Northern Italy recorded last week.Based on the latest information from Italy’s Department of Civil Protection, dated February 24, 229 people have been infected with the coronavirus. Six deaths have been confirmed.“Contship Italia Group will continue to monitor the evolving situation and issue updates when necessary,” the company said.A WHO-led team of experts from the WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) arrived in Italy on Monday, to support Italian authorities in understanding the situation.“While limited local person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in countries outside of China was expected, the rapid increase in reported cases in Italy over the past two days is of concern. However, it should also be noted that based on current data, in the majority of cases (4 out of every 5) people experience mild or no symptoms,” WHO said in an announcement.Health authorities in Italy are implementing measures to prevent onward transmission, including the closing of schools and bars and canceling of sports events and other mass gatherings in the areas affected. This aligns with the containment strategy currently being implemented globally in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.“It is vital that we treat patients with dignity and compassion, put measures in place to prevent onward transmission, and protect health workers,” commented Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.“WHO stands by the Government of Italy in its efforts and commitment to mitigate this outbreak and manage the cases effectively. Now is the time for solidarity and cooperation, to work together to protect everyone’s health,” added Kluge.WHO urges the public, governments, and media to prevent the ongoing rise in the stigmatization of coronavirus patients.“People are being labeled, stereotyped, separated, and/or experience loss of status and discrimination because of a potential negative affiliation with the disease,” WHO said.“Such barriers could potentially contribute to more severe health problems, ongoing transmission, and difficulties controlling infectious diseases during an infectious disease outbreak. (…) We all need to be intentional and thoughtful when communicating on social media and other communication platforms, showing supportive behaviors around COVID-19.” read more
Young striker Patrick Bamford maintained his impressive scoring form by finding the net again, but Chelsea’s reserves were beaten 3-2 by Wolves.Bamford, the Blues’ pre-deadline signing from Nottingham Forest, showed his potential with another cool finish.He opened the scoring after 12 minutes when he fired home after latching onto Islam Feruz’s pass.AdChoices广告Jake Kempton equalised by pouncing on the loose ball after an error by keeper James Russell.Bamford turned provider to set up Lucas Piazon for Chelsea’s second, before Nenad Milijas scored to send the teams in at half-time level at 2-2.The second period was less eventful and Liam McAlinden headed in the winner with 14 minutes remaining.Nathaniel Chalobah featured after recovering from a knock he picked up in a match against Swansea’s reserves last week.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook read more
Comments To Brandon Triche, the fix for Syracuse’s four-game loss is simple. It’s a glaring problem that has yet to be addressed.The problem is this: In the span of four games, SU’s 2-3 zone defense has gone from strength to liability. Triche knows this because, even when the Orange shoots the lights out — as it did against Marquette (57 percent) Saturday — the Orange never held a lead in the game.‘I think we’ve been playing well offensively the past few games,’ Triche said. ‘We just need to be more consistent on defense. We need to play better there.’Looking to end a streak that has evolved into more than just a bump in the road, No. 17 Syracuse (18-4, 5-4 Big East) will need to fix its defensive inefficiencies on the road against No. 6 Connecticut (17-3, 5-3) Wednesday at 7 p.m. inside Hartford’s XL Center. During its current losing streak, the Orange has struggled to get early stops and was forced to play from behind. Against the Huskies, there isn’t likely to be a letdown from the type of pressure SU’s signature defense has faced recently.SU enters the game in a delicate position. The Huskies are coming off a double-overtime loss at home to Louisville but won its previous six, including wins against then-No. 12 Texas and then-No. 7 Villanova.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse, on the other hand, comes into Wednesday’s game looking to avoid the first-ever five-game losing streak during Jim Boeheim’s tenure as head coach. The task becomes even more daunting considering UConn and its star point guard Kemba Walker found a successful formula for disrupting the zone in the teams’ matchup a year ago.During SU’s losing streak, all four opposing teams have found ways to exploit the zone. Pittsburgh slashed through the holes on the wings, scoring the game’s first 19 points. Villanova and Seton Hall stretched the zone with its shooters, and Marquette did a little bit of both.‘There are ways to crack the shell of that 2-3 zone,’ Notre Dame guard Ben Hansbrough said at Big East Media Day on Oct. 20. ‘Not many teams can do it, but it can be done.’Evidently, more and more teams are finding a successful formula.A year ago, Walker took his own approach to cracking the zone. Instead of looking for his shooters on the outside, the 6-foot-1 Walker took the ball right to the heart of the zone and, along with teammate Jerome Dyson, had much second-half success. The pair finished with 33 points and 11 assists and almost led the Huskies to a dramatic comeback after trailing by 16.In its last four games, SU allowed teams to find some shooting rhythm, as SU’s opponents shot 51 percent (108-for-212) from the field and 48 percent (33-for-69) from downtown. And now it prepares for a UConn team led by Walker, who shredded the zone a year ago.‘I think having players that can shoot against a zone will definitely help you out,’ former Connecticut forward Gavin Edwards said. ‘And that gives Kemba a lot more freedom to try and penetrate. And if he gets in trouble, he can kick it to a shooter that can knock down a shot.’Opposing players are having field days lately against the SU defense. Pitt’s Nasir Robinson went off for 21. That was followed by 21 from Villanova’s Maalik Wayns, 28 from Seton Hall’s Jeremy Hazell and 25 from Marquette’s Jae Crowder.Up next: Walker, the league’s top scorer.And a year ago, when the zone was arguably at its best, Walker still found a way to exploit it.In last year’s matchup, the Huskies thrived off the ‘high screen and roll’ they implemented a few days before facing Syracuse. And there was one person in particular who made it so effective against the 2-3 zone.‘Kemba did,’ UConn guard Donnell Beverly said. ‘Kemba and Jerome. Just going off the screens and getting into the lane and the middle of the defense.’With the Orange now in a freefall in both the standings and national rankings, a win at UConn could be the ticket to get back on track. To do that, however, it’ll need a return to the defense the Orange has been known for all along.Said Triche: ‘We just need to get back to where we were earlier this season.’[email protected]— Asst. Sports Editor Michael Cohen contributed reporting to this article. Published on February 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ read more