Campus Technology polled education professionals on which technology products are truly the best and announced the results of their 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards. Citrix XenDesktop was voted as a “platinum” solution in the virtual desktops and thin clients category.

According to Campus Technology, a key factor that put Citrix XenDesktop “at the top of the stack,” was its ability to give IT the power to deliver Windows apps on multiple devices. XenDesktop is a key component in any effective bring-your-own device strategy for any organization – especially true in the typical BYO environment of a college campus.

Why choose XenDesktop for education?

XenDesktop allows educational institutions to centralize the management and delivery of Windows apps as well as student and staff desktops. This ensures that students, teachers and researchers can access the applications and data they need on any device of their choosing – even when off-campus. The apps and data remain secure in the datacenter, supporting compliance, data protection and student privacy.

Even more so than in a business environment, students on campus use a diverse set of devices with varying operating systems, specifications and capabilities. XenDesktop ensures that they can access the apps, desktops and data they need on any device, while providing a high-definition user experience.

Campuses using XenDesktop

Perhaps the best way to understand why Campus Technology readers chose XenDesktop, is to look at some examples of how campuses benefit from XenDesktop today.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is one of the top research universities in the US. Their College of Engineering is using XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro technology to provide students with access to a virtual engineering lab. This virtual lab allows Georgia Tech students access to the latest graphics-intensive engineering applications anywhere and on any device. While students are required to have a personal computer, what kind is entirely up to them. The challenge comes in when a Mac owner needs to use a Windows-only application as part of their coursework or research. Virtual apps and desktops with XenDesktop make this possible and reduce the dependency on campus-run computer labs. This is just one way that Georgia Tech is benefitting from XenDesktop. Read the full case study to learn more.

The benefits of XenDesktop extend beyond engineering departments. Learn how Indiana University partners with Citrix to deliver on-demand apps to 100,000 students, faculty and staff.

XenDesktop helps all levels of education

It’s not just colleges and universities benefiting from XenDesktop. Atlanta Public Schools chose XenDesktop to support their 47,000 students across 95 campuses. Atlanta Public Schools wanted to ensure that students have full access to technology, but keep teaching as their primary focus. The move to virtual desktops with XenDesktop provides students access to the applications they need whether at school or at home – making the same educational tools available to all students. In addition, documents stored at school are available from home, and vice versa, virtually eliminating the “I forgot my homework” excuse. Plus, all students have access to the latest version of Microsoft Office and have their own virtual desktop with their name on it, a personal touch that makes the students excited about using the tools. Meanwhile the school district has a secure and cost-effective education tool.

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