Changing the Learning Landscape With Cloud Technology
“Every generation needs a revolution,” said Thomas Jefferson. In a world of educational technology, these words from American Founding Father are very much relevant today. According to Oxford dictionary, revolution is defined as a dramatic and wide-reaching change in conditions, attitudes, or operation. Education industry in the US, particularly the higher education sector, is evolving rapidly to keep a quick pace with learning through technological innovations. The virtual desktops have been around for quite some time now, but the idea has recently started picking up heat in the education industry.
The virtual desktop, in simple words, is the computer’s desktop environment expanded beyond the physical space. The processing takes place in a remote server, where clients can be traditional PCs, laptops, mobile devices, thin clients etc. The hosted desktops provide a seamless platform to host Windows-based applications. The virtualization technology gives complete freedom to test and develop platforms with choice of operating systems (Windows 7,8,10) look and feel.
In a competitive academic environment, the audiences like faculty, students, various stakeholders need options to scale and virtual desktops help reduce the strain on physical IT resources, as it offers on-your-own-device access. The scalability of hosted desktops and VDI offers the administrators flexibility to migrate workloads to the cloud strategically. Virtual Desktop has superior infrastructure than the conventional desktop. There are CAD environments for power users which integrate well with your third-party applications. There is use of vGPU (Graphics Processing Unit) for parallel processing, which takes the load off from the CPU.
The costs can be controlled on IT as the technology offers pay-as-you-go method. The education budget cycle remains in complete control because of the flexibility of the model. The administration can reduce the spending level during summer, when the use is minimum, and restore it to full capacity once the school starts. As it is based on the real-time model, it offers purpose-built solutions in addition to saving costs. Hence, the budget-friendly cloud technology has made virtual desktops popular in the higher education field.
Supports Powerful Configurations
Deep Learning has attracted the interests of many educational set-ups as everyone is talking of self-driving cars, voice-assistants, automatic machine translations, image recognitions etc. These technologies where workloads require powerful desktops with high-end configuration, a conventional desktop may have its own constraints. The cloud-based desktops are easily scalable, which can support high-end Deep Learning applications. Microsoft’s Azure is a fully-managed cloud service to build, deploy and share predictive analytics solutions for Machine Learning.
With virtual desktops, learning isn’t limited to the confines of four walls. It enables participation of a diverse audience as it offers anytime anywhere access which can span across geographies and time zones.
To sum it up, the cloud-based VDI technology is the renaissance of an era that challenges the traditional methods of learning. The Beatles asked: “You say you want a revolution?” We at Apps4Rent, the premium application hosting company, reply with: “It is an evolution.”