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Wednesday, March 14 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ten Years After : the VDI Odyssey

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Virginia Western Community College (VWCC) started experimenting with the (then) new area of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) approximately ten years ago after being awarded a grant which helped with the purchase of a Storage Area Network (SAN) system. Initial efforts were encouraging and a couple of dozen thin clients were deployed in selected areas to gauge user acceptance and to experiment with the configuration of VMware View on available servers servers and storage back-end infrastructure. Today that has grown to an installation with over 800 thin clients in 34 pools, more or less equally divided in instructional support covering the learning resources and testing centers in the library, registration rooms, financial aid kiosks and a dozen computer labs, some available from off-campus, and in administrative areas serving critical functions with secure two-factor authenticated access from both on and off-campus locations. The back-end has now grown to eight host servers with a 160 TB data store with the older SAN serving as secondary storage. We will share this journey with you and discuss the trials and tribulations we went through to get to where we are today.

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Shivaji Samanta

Director of Information & Educational Technologies/CIO, Virginia Western Community College

Wednesday March 14, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Holley V/VI