As public school systems move learning online, they often face challenges around data security, application performance and cost control. Desktop and app virtualization have been shown to address all these issues while enhancing learning flexibility and IT efficiency. However, a winning solution requires experience in the education sector, expertise in virtualization technologies and strong partnerships with leading technology providers.

Presidio, a Platinum Citrix Solution Advisor based in New York City, has a long history of success in the state and local government and education (SLED) market. Further, Presidio’s partnerships with Microsoft and Cisco strengthen its competitive position as a full-service provider of virtualized apps and desktops, networking and unified communications solutions.

When Atlanta Public Schools (APS) in Georgia, which enrolls 50,000 students at 100 schools, began looking at desktop virtualization, the main goal was improving the integrity of standardized testing by delivering test apps online. APS also wanted to standardize 24,000 endpoint devices, simplify migration to Microsoft Office 365 and make the software securely available outside the classroom.

Presidio won the request for proposals (RFP) for APS – its largest K-12 virtualization project to date. The solution comprises Citrix XenDesktop 7 running on Microsoft Hyper-V 2012, Cisco UCS and Cisco Invicta storage technologies, Citrix NetScaler Access Gateway for secure remote access and Wyse T10 zero clients.

In addition to enabling web-based testing, the desktop virtualization solution is allowing the school system to provide greater learning flexibility, improve performance of graphical apps, reduce IT costs and strengthen security by avoiding data storage on unsecure thumb drives. For more information, visit