University of New Hampshire

The University of New Hampshire enhances the student experience by making software applications available on demand

Application virtulaization project background

UNH spans all fields of study and unites them through interdisciplinary programs, labs, research centers, libraries, internships, and fieldwork. Warmly supported and encouraged by their faculty mentors, students participate directly in assisting in the university's historic mission of enriching society through the creation and application of new knowledge.

The university attracts students and faculty from around the world. As state-of-the-art facilities are built to support academic growth, and new residence and dining halls are built to meet the growing popularity of campus life, the university continues to rest lightly on old Ben Thompson's farm, where students, faculty and staff live and work amid the rolling hills and riverbeds of one of the most beautiful campuses in the USA.

Virtulaizing applications in academic computing

Academic Computing Systems provides computing and networking expertise and support to various academic projects and initiatives. One of the main areas of responsibility is administration and maintenance of the public student computing clusters along with the computer systems in the SuperTEC classrooms and Teach/Learn Center classrooms. Academic Computing Systems provides the infrastructure necessary for effective use of information technology in the teaching environment. That group maintains nearly 800 OS X, Windows, and Linux public or classroom computers including all of the Student Computing Cluster facilities and operations. The ACS group provides web hosting, application hosting and delivery, server administration, desktop administration, and technical consulting and expertise to a range of academic technology projects.

 

David Blezard, who has managed the Academic Computing Systems since 1994, says;

“Application Jukebox allows us to package up an entire Windows computer program such as SPSS, PhotoShop, or most anything else and then deliver that application to a computer on demand.

The application goes from not being on the computer to being running in seconds to a few minutes, as opposed to an installation process that would often take tens of minutes to hours. It has provided us with more flexibility and quicker responses to requests for new software for the computers in the public labs and hands-on classrooms on campus.

We have saved significant staff time compared with the previous techniques we have used.”

 

Using Application Jukebox from Software2, UNH aims to;

 

  • Enhance the student experience by providing key software applications on demand
  • Simplify the process of providing the latest software updates for Academic Computer Systems colleagues and students
  • Optimize IT resources by improving asset and image management
  • Streamline the deployment of essential applications such as SPSS

David Blezard, continues;

“We want students at UNH to experience the best IT experience. A key factor of this is being able to access software, such as SPSS, quickly and easily. Students coming to university now expect the software they need to be accessed on demand.

The aim of partnering with Software2 is to provide a more streamlined application deployment solution to assist in meeting and exceeding student expectations.”

Tony Austwick, co-founder at Software2, added, “UNH is similar to many universities needing to overcome the challenges faced in delivering complicated software applications to a demanding student population. Good on them for doing something about it! Working with the team at UNH has been fun both professionally and personally and I look forward to the day that David shares his experiences and challenges with the Software2 university community.”

David will be speaking at NERCOMP, EDUCUAUSE - further details below

STREAMLINING APPLICATION DEPLOYMENT AND MANAGEMENT THROUGH VIRTUALIZATION

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling 13,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students. Using Application Jukebox from Software2, UNH intends to enhance student access to the software applications such as SPSS.

Application virtulaization project background

UNH spans all fields of study and unites them through interdisciplinary programs, labs, research centers, libraries, internships, and fieldwork. Warmly supported and encouraged by their faculty mentors, students participate directly in assisting in the university's historic mission of enriching society through the creation and application of new knowledge.

The university attracts students and faculty from around the world. As state-of-the-art facilities are built to support academic growth, and new residence and dining halls are built to meet the growing popularity of campus life, the university continues to rest lightly on old Ben Thompson's farm, where students, faculty and staff live and work amid the rolling hills and riverbeds of one of the most beautiful campuses in the USA.

Virtulaizing applications in academic computing

Academic Computing Systems provides computing and networking expertise and support to various academic projects and initiatives. One of the main areas of responsibility is administration and maintenance of the public student computing clusters along with the computer systems in the SuperTEC classrooms and Teach/Learn Center classrooms. Academic Computing Systems provides the infrastructure necessary for effective use of information technology in the teaching environment. That group maintains nearly 800 OS X, Windows, and Linux public or classroom computers including all of the Student Computing Cluster facilities and operations. The ACS group provides web hosting, application hosting and delivery, server administration, desktop administration, and technical consulting and expertise to a range of academic technology projects.

 

David Blezard, who has managed the Academic Computing Systems since 1994, says;

“Application Jukebox allows us to package up an entire Windows computer program such as SPSS, PhotoShop, or most anything else and then deliver that application to a computer on demand.

The application goes from not being on the computer to being running in seconds to a few minutes, as opposed to an installation process that would often take tens of minutes to hours. It has provided us with more flexibility and quicker responses to requests for new software for the computers in the public labs and hands-on classrooms on campus.

We have saved significant staff time compared with the previous techniques we have used.”

 

Using Application Jukebox from Software2, UNH aims to;

 

  • Enhance the student experience by providing key software applications on demand
  • Simplify the process of providing the latest software updates for Academic Computer Systems colleagues and students
  • Optimize IT resources by improving asset and image management
  • Streamline the deployment of essential applications such as SPSS

David Blezard, continues;

“We want students at UNH to experience the best IT experience. A key factor of this is being able to access software, such as SPSS, quickly and easily. Students coming to university now expect the software they need to be accessed on demand.

The aim of partnering with Software2 is to provide a more streamlined application deployment solution to assist in meeting and exceeding student expectations.”

Tony Austwick, co-founder at Software2, added, “UNH is similar to many universities needing to overcome the challenges faced in delivering complicated software applications to a demanding student population. Good on them for doing something about it! Working with the team at UNH has been fun both professionally and personally and I look forward to the day that David shares his experiences and challenges with the Software2 university community.”

David will be speaking at NERCOMP, EDUCUAUSE - further details below

STREAMLINING APPLICATION DEPLOYMENT AND MANAGEMENT THROUGH VIRTUALIZATION