An educational virtualization infrastructure



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Watfa, M. K., Udoh, V. A. & Al Abdulsalam, S. M. 2016, 'An educational virtualization infrastructure', in Y. Zhang, L. Peng & C. Youn (eds), Cloud Computing: 6th International Conference, CloudComp 2015, Daejeon, South Korea, October 28-29, 2015, Proceedings, Springer International Ltd, Switzerland, pp. 12-21.


Virtualization is a key cost-cutting technology developed from the concept of cloud computing which provides efficient IT Solutions in corporate and educational sectors. We present an original structural framework for which the effects & implications of virtualization technology are measured based on a real campus wide deployment. The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) provides academic members access to virtual applications and personalized virtual desktops on and off-campus for easy convenient access to academic resources. This paper provides intricate analysis on the perceived and categorical perspectives on the usefulness, effectiveness and values of this technology in an academic environment. Among other significant results, our results indicated that students and academic staff had positive experiences using virtualization technologies and have generally improved accessibility to their course documents and academic materials which enabled them to perform course work more effectively.

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