UOWD implements Dell virtualisation solution

Virtual desktop infrastructure allows university to share academic information on all computers

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UOWD implements Dell virtualisation solution The University of Wollongong in Dubai has implemented Dell's desktop virtualisation infrastructure. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 24, 2011

The University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD) has chosen Dell's virtual desktop infrastructure solutions to connect its end users.

Dell's virtual desktop infrastructure solution will give access to  academic information, such as e-books, lecture notes, and class schedules to students and faculty anywhere on campus, from any device at any time. Previously this information was only available on individual computers.

"This is the first live and in production virtual desktop solution in the UAE. Academic environments have high demands and limited resources, and need an affordable, reliable and efficient way to improve and manage their infrastructures," said Dave Brooke, Dell Middle East Commercial general manager. "Dell listened to the University's exact requirements and by providing assessment, design, implementation and project management services, as well as tailored solutions; this allowed us to exceed their expectations. Our end-to-end service has provided them with the open, capable and affordable learning environment they need to succeed."

UOWD also plans to implement secure, remote off-campus access to academic information. 

Dell's virtualised solution is designed to allow organisations such as UOWD to enable technology resources in a more rapid and cost-effective manner; UOWD is now able to provision technology resources to faculty and students working on research projects that require large amounts of compute power more rapidly and economically than previously possible. 

The Dell desktop virtualisation solution is designed to be easily scalable to accommodate changing classes and curricula, as well as increasing UOWD's ability to more respond to security threats, install new technologies and upgrade old ones.  The solution also lays the foundation for UOWD to develop its own private cloud.

"Through virtualisation, UOWD will be able to maximise the efficiency of its assets and students will get a virtual private lounge that allows access to applications from anywhere. We are delighted to partner with Dell to migrate from a traditional computer environment to a virtualised desktop and the cloud to improve the quality of academic life for the university community.  In addition, we are the first UOW campus to implement this technology, and we are piloting it for the UOW's Australian campus," said Joseph Aninias, IT manager, University of Wollongong in Dubai.

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