RES Workspace Manager and VDX will support hybrid desktop services to over 25,000 students and 2,500 staff across four campus locations
Frimley, UK – 4th May 2011 – RES Software, the proven leader in dynamic desktop solutions, today announced that Kingston University has selected RES Workspace Manager to create and manage desktop environments across its virtual and physical desktop infrastructures. On completion, the RES solutions will be responsible for controlling user workspace settings for over 25,000 students and more than 2,500 staff at the University.
RES will enable the University’s ICT team to control and maintain the mix of desktop platforms and applications used to deliver vital IT resources to students and staff on and off campus from a single point. RES will support roaming user profiles, ensuring users have fast and secure access to their personal desktop services - or workspaces - from any device and location.
Kingston University has also selected the RES Virtual Desktop Extender (VDX) reverse seamless technology to blend applications provisioned from its virtual and physical desktop infrastructure, so that the experience of accessing resources from different platforms appears seamless to the user. VDX will make it easier for the University to manage and deploy thousands of applications within its virtual environment.
“The solutions from RES will be instrumental in helping us achieve our vision of creating a ‘university without walls’, where our users can access managed resources from anywhere, any device, and whenever they are needed. RES Workspace Manager and VDX will be critical to delivering our ultimate goal of improving the experience of using IT and providing better desktop services to our staff and students,” said Daniel Bolton, System Architect, Kingston University. “We looked at a variety of solutions to help us create a dynamic desktop environment. The solutions from RES provide powerful desktop management capabilities. They stood out for their advanced functionality, price point and ease of use.”
Kingston University will use the solutions from RES to manage a hybrid desktop environment. The University runs a variety of virtual technologies including Quest vWorkspace, a desktop virtualisation platform, and Microsoft App-V, an application virtualisation solution and is transitioning 3,000 desktops to its virtual infrastructure starting this summer. The University will begin the migration of 7,000 physical XP endpoints to Windows 7 this summer as well.
“Innovative organisations are harnessing virtualisation in the quest to provide more agile services to users, whatever platform they are working on or where they happen to be. To deliver the agility benefits of desktop virtualisation, it is vital to have control over service provisioning and ensure the user has fast access to their personal desktop environment regardless of where or how they log on,” commented Chris Hammans, Regional Director UK for RES Software. “However many users you have or whichever technology choices you have made, the RES Software approach is based on providing user workspaces that will fit with those requirements.”
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About RES Software
RES Software, the proven leader in dynamic desktop solutions, is driving a transformation in the way organisations manage, maintain and reduce the cost of their desktop infrastructure. The RES Software award-winning, patented products enable IT professionals to manage and deliver secure, personalised and compliant desktops independent of the underlying computing infrastructure – thin clients, virtual desktops, physical desktops, or server-based computing environments. The company empowers customers, from small- to medium-sized businesses to global enterprises, to reduce desktop complexity and meet the essential needs of a dynamic workforce that requires on-demand access to their personalised workspaces. For more information, follow updates on Twitter @ressoftware and visit www.ressoftware.com.
About Kingston University
With more than 25,000 students, Kingston University is the largest provider of higher education in South West London, offering an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The University is renowned for teaching excellence, has established itself as a growing force in research and is a pioneer in e-learning. In its most recent University league table, The Sunday Times praised Kingston’s record for teaching quality for positioning it “among the best in the modern university sector”.
The University boasts a raft of modern facilities. Three new buildings have opened as part of a £123 million investment programme.
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