Virtual Desktops at Wharton

The Virtual Desktop project here at Wharton Computing is collaborative effort between several main groups: Administrative Support, Public Technology, Executive Education, and Core Systems. After a limited pilot was successful we’ve transitioned many staff users to Virtual Desktops with plans to migrate even more by the end of next year.

Why are we bothering with Desktop virtualization? The embedded presentation gives an overview to other the technology itself, and why we’re implementing here at Wharton. Basically Desktop virtualization allows us to transfer the computing power and data storage of a standard desktop PC that is sitting on someone’s desk to a group of servers in our data center. By locating all of these resources centrally, Wharton Computing staff can efficiently deliver a robust selection of software to users, save on licensing costs by switching from individual installs to concurrent models, and have the stability and scalability of a datacenter to protect the organization’s data. The best part is most users can’t tell the difference between using a desktop versus using a virtual Desktop, that is until they log into their virtual desktop from an iPad for the first time.