With HP Converged Infrastructure, Kingston sets to become ‘University without walls’
HP is to virtualise Kingston University’s desktop and storage infrastructure to make the university a "University without walls".
In the first phase, Kingston University will develop desktop virtualisation services and will deploy them to administrative staff and some students across its 4 campuses and satellite offices in Kingston Upon Thames.
Provisioning of 3,000 Microsoft RemoteFX desktop sessions will be done at the beginning stage and the University aims to provide desktop services to the University’s 6,000 PCs, 1,000 Macs and over 1,000 mobile devices via a blended desktop delivery model.
Staff and students can access their university desktop and learning resources on a wide range of devices, regardless of their location.
The HP Converged Infrastructure consists of an HP c-Class BladeSystem and HP P4000 LeftHand Storage Systems and it will provide a virtualised platform for Microsoft Hyper-V and Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host with RemoteFX VMs. With the scalable environment, Kingston University’s IT team can add server and storage capacity as needed to meet future demand.
HP Converged Infrastructure is a key component of the Instant-On Enterprise and the Instant-On Enterprise embeds technology in everything it does to serve customers, employees, partners and citizens with whatever they need, instantly, said the company.
Kingston University Information Services Infrastructure head Roberto Volo said HP Converged Infrastructure supports Kingston University’s aim to make Kingston University a ‘University without walls.
"It provides our students and staff with the best solution for flexible, virtual access to learning resources, regardless of their location. Kingston University expects to achieve significant operational cost savings as a result of deploying desktop virtualisation," said Volo.