Le Moyne College

Since 09/10/2014

Le Moyne College, NY aims to reduce VDI sprawl and create student computing bubbles

In Syracuse, NY, Le Moyne College have seen a cool EdTech future. By using unique, but easily managed, ‘student computing bubbles’ the college aims to fulfil a student’s hardware and software requirements depending on what a student actually needs. This awesome student focussed approach aims to reduce VDI sprawl (and associated cost) and provide better outcomes.

Located in picturesque Syracuse, NY, Le Moyne College is a diverse learning community that strives for academic excellence in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition through its comprehensive programs rooted in the liberal arts and sciences. Its emphasis is on education of the whole person and on the search for meaning and value as integral parts of the intellectual life.

Le Moyne College seeks to prepare its members for leadership and service in their personal and professional lives to promote a more just society. Currently, Le Moyne College serves over 3500 traditional and non-traditional students and offers over 40 programs of study.

After a successful deployment of VMware Horizon View as its VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) solution, the Le Moyne Systems Administration department selected Application Jukebox as their preferred solution for software virtualization.

After reviewing multiple products from major names such as Microsoft, VMware, and Citrix, the team felt that Application Jukebox, delivered by Software2 is the leader in the software virtualization space, leveraging a unique and patented block paging technology for better customization and increased performance.

The Le Moyne team sees Application Jukebox as a solution to three major challenges and goals they have on their computing roadmap:

  • Reduce VDI sprawl by consolidating pools created around specialized software needs, thus also reducing licensing costs.
  • Achieve the vision of “justintime software delivery, abandoning the legacy approach of “justincase delivery, which leads to image bloat and can increase regression testing time.
  • Achieve their EUC (end user computing) vision of driving all hardware and software provisioning by the needs of each user, effectively creating a unique but easily managed computing bubble around each person.

After only 10 days with the product, the Le Moyne team has packaged and deployed over a dozen software applications and is looking forward to the summer break when they will completely overhaul the campus-wide software provisioning system.

To help educate their user community, they have launched a creative marketing strategy called “Meet AJ”, who they are introducing as the newest member of the IT department.

Nick Johnson, cool EdTech pioneer and Software2 co-founder, comments, “The team at Le Moyne College are one of the most forward thinking and student focussed I have ever met. We love the concept of student computing bubbles – providing the tech a user needs where and when it is needed. I have met many organizations trying to use VDI to deploy everything a student needs. It’s really exciting to meet a college looking to adapt and focus on what a student needs”