“The V3 Systems appliance definitely helped us meet – and actually exceed – that goal! 

– The Team at WILEY

The Challenge

In the Education sector, two important goals are extending educational outreach to students, and maximizing IT efficiencies to lower costs. This holds true whether the institution is K-12 or higher education. Sphere 3D delivers the fastest, most flexible computing solution in the marketplace today, allowing educational organizations to meet key business drivers including:

  • Increasing the reach and accessibility of education for students (geographically or through off-hour availability)
  • Enabling the Education System to do more with less money
  • Providing a consistent and familiar computing environment across multiple devices
  • Protecting student and faculty privacy and data
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance, such as COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998), via strong access controls
  • Enforcing security policies and forcing critical software updates
  • Widening access to educational resources for the public
  • Simplifying the management of complex IT solutions while delivering high-quality services
  • Ensuring scalability and easy, nimble deployment in getting a new installation up and running quickly
  • Ensuring high availability, performance and scalability
  • Saving money on both operational and capital expenses

Sphere 3D understands these needs and addresses them
with our Desktop Cloud Computing technology.

The Solution

Sphere 3D’s role: how do we fit into the Education environment?

Our Desktop Cloud Computing Appliances deliver 25 – 400 virtual Windows® desktops per unit, with guaranteed performance that is 2x – 8x faster than physical desktops. The drop-in server appliances elegantly integrate into an existing VMware infrastructure (whether at the customer site or the datacenter), providing the computing and local storage needed for hosting virtual desktops.

We also offer Sphere 3D’s Desktop Cloud Orchestrator software to simplify the creation, management and movement of dedicated virtual desktops, including policies for failover. This desktop management software aggregates key features that a desktop administrator would need from VMware’s vCenter and View into a centralized console.

What does this mean for you?

  • For school administrators, Sphere 3D’s solution reduces demand on constrained school budgets with high-density appliances that economically deliver 50-200 high-performance virtual desktops from a single unit. Educational outreach and student accessibility are increased through around-the-clock virtual desktop delivery to a wide variety of endpoint devices, including desktops, smartphones, laptops and tablets. In addition, Sphere 3D’s optimized technologies and management tools help reduce overhead on desktop management, saving time and money.
  • For students and faculty, Sphere 3D’s solution improves personal productivity with easy access to educational resources through high-performance virtual desktops available any time, from anywhere, from virtually any device.
  • For IT desktop administrators, Sphere 3D’s solution offers simple deployment and centralized management with increased performance. This means Windows updates and software patches can be pushed out to all virtual desktops in minutes (not days or weeks), saving on overhead costs. Optimized management tools save the IT department time and money. IT can provide a consistent computing environment to students across a wide range of devices.

Results: With Sphere 3D’s solution you can
expect to experience the following benefits:

  • Increased productivity through high-performance virtual desktops — fast application and document loads save time for students and faculty
  • Improved data security because sensitive data is not stored on end points
  • Ability to work during all hours, from anywhere and from any device
  • More controlled access and easier management with Sphere 3D’s optimized technologies and management tools
  • Minimized downtime for administrative operations, upgrades, and maintenance
  • Decreased support costs through central management of software versioning, product upgrades and software patches
  • Extended desktop hardware replacement cycle, since thin and zero clients become obsolete less quickly than PCs or laptops
  • Scalability is as easy as adding another Sphere 3D Appliance, or allocating a new appliance to a new location. Sphere 3D Solutions scale at predictable cost structures, avoiding unforeseen costly infrastructure upgrades
  • Single point of contact for all support needs, saving time and money
  • On-the-fly flexible resource allocation
  • Keeping within budgets by using cost-effective zero or thin clients for labs
  • Supporting the “Green IT Initiative” with Sphere 3D virtual desktops that are up to 80% more energy efficient than physical desktops
  • Providing students with a consistent set of data and applications from any device
  • Drop-in solution that is easy
    configured for optimal performance

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