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K-12 School Districts Reap Benefits of Desktop Virtualization with Virtual Bridges

Virtual Bridges, Inc. today announced K-12 school districts using the company’s VERDE desktop virtualization solution are reporting improved IT efficiency, reduced labor costs, extended PC lifecycles and reduced security risks. In an effort to extend the power of desktop virtualization to additional districts, Cima Solutions Group (Cima) has become an official reseller and consulting services partner of Virtual Bridges VERDE.

As the industry’s first “VDI Gen2” solution, VERDE has proven immediate value to school districts facing the monumental task of replacing, managing, refreshing and securing PCs across multiple campuses, with school districts seeing significant savings in both CAPEX and OPEX spending. On average, Virtual Bridges education customers are saving $400 per desktop and reducing their OPEX spending up to 50 percent due to centralized management provided by VERDE.

“Each school year, school districts are faced with the difficult challenge of balancing extremely tight budgets with an increasing demand for IT resources,” said John Alday, President at Cima Solutions Group. “VERDE is easy to use and provides instant benefits to districts, helping to fulfill these needs without sacrificing quality of service. We are excited to partner with Virtual Bridges to bring VERDE to our Government and Educational clients through DIR's ICT Co-op Contract Program.”

Virtual Bridges VDI for K-12:

  • Eliminates the need to track, maintain, upgrade, repair and keep virus-free all the desktop and notebook computers scattered across the district
  • Provides greater flexibility for students and faculty to access desktops regardless of location
  • Extends the life of older desktops by shifting the processing power to a central server, and eliminating the need to continually update desktops with new, more powerful PCs
  • Supports teachers’ increasingly sophisticated use of technology
  • Requires minimal attention to install, manage and maintain

“School districts are challenged to deliver innovative new technology resources that create dynamic learning environments while minimizing the IT management burden across multiple campuses,” said Jim Curtin, CEO of Virtual Bridges. “With VERDE, we have fundamentally changed the way districts manage desktops. We’ve simplified management in classrooms and labs, improved control and security, extended the life of valuable hardware investments, and created a flexible environment where students can continue to learn from their desktops whether they are at school, the library or home.”

VERDE’s key capabilities include unified monitoring and management of desktops across online, offline and branch environments; high-definition multimedia support; automatic bi-directional sync for true mobility; and advanced cloud branch capabilities including disaster recovery and business continuity. Additionally, VERDE’s total cost of ownership is up to 30 percent less than competitive solutions, a critical factor for districts that face significant budget constraints.

As an official VERDE reseller and consulting partner, Cima Solutions Group, a Dallas based solution provider focused on IT optimization, will help accelerate the adoption of virtualized desktop environments within the education vertical, where it has worked with hundreds of school districts across the United States.

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Published Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:26 PM by David Marshall
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