Non-VDI Clients Survey

Survey Report

The PDF report linked below highlights the results from the Non-VDI Clients Survey:

Accessible Transcript

Question 1 - Have you ever heard of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?
13 out of 13 or 100.00% Responded Yes.
0 out of 13 or 0.00% Responded No.

Question 2 - Are you aware that there is a large VDI presence on campus for student labs?
13 out of 13 or 100.00% Responded Yes.
0 out of 13 or 0.00% Responded No.

Question 3 - Would you consider replacing the thick clients in your student lab/labs with VDI zero clients?
7 out of 13 or 53.85% Responded Yes.
0 out of 13 or 46.15% Responded No.

Explanation for answering no #1.
Maybe in some cases ... we use graphic intensive applications for some of courses.

Explanation for answering no #2.
We run software that requires a dedicated GPU.

Explanation for answering no #3.
The cost per year , per mahcine is too high. I visited Medical Science to see how they operate. WOuld loike to have it in my first year labs, where we have about 100 computers. But, the cost is too high at the moment, compared to the budget. We would be defiantly interested, if offered at lower price....

Explanation for answering no #4.
We do not have a student LAB's.

Explanation for answering no #5.
I still believe the cost per workstations is considerably lower than a VDI solution.

Explanation for answering no #6.
Don't have student labs.

Question 4 - How many hours per month do you and/or your staff spend administering/maintaining your lab/labs?
Traditional Thick Client Labs.
Part 1 - Time spent administering/maintaining lab/labs. (NOT including updates or rebuilds to master images).
3 out of 13 or 23.08% Responded 0 hours.
3 out of 13 or 23.08% Responded 1-2 hours.
2 out of 13 or 15.38% Responded 2-4 hours.
2 out of 13 or 15.28% Responded 4-6 hours.
0 out of 13 or 0.00%% Responded 6-8 hours.
3 out of 13 or 23.08% Responded 8+ hours.

Traditional Thick Client Labs.
Part 2 - Time spent administering/maintaining master images (including updates and/or rebuilds).
4 out of 13 or 30.77% Responded 0 hours.
5 out of 13 or 38.46% Responded 1-2 hours.
1 out of 13 or 7.69% Responded 2-4 hours.
0 out of 13 or 0.00% Responded 4-6 hours.
0 out of 13 or 0.00%% Responded 6-8 hours.
3 out of 13 or 23.08% Responded 8+ hours.


Question 5 - How many issues are reported in your lab/labs in one academic term?
Traditional Thick Client Labs.
Part 1 - Hardware issues
4 out of 13 or 30.77% Responded 0 hours.
0 out of 13 or 0.00% Responded 1-2 hours.
3 out of 13 or 23.08% Responded 2-5 hours.
1 out of 13 or 7.69% Responded 5-10 hours.
5 out of 13 or 38.46% Responded 10+ hours.

Traditional Thick Client Labs.
Part 2 - Operating system issues
3 out of 13 or 23.08% Responded 0 hours.
2 out of 13 or 15.38% Responded 1-2 hours.
3 out of 13 or 23.08% Responded 2-5 hours.
2 out of 13 or 15.38% Responded 5-10 hours.
3 out of 13 or 23.08% Responded 10+ hours.

Traditional Thick Client Labs.
Part 3 - Software application issues
3 out of 13 or 23.08% Responded 0 hours.
2 out of 13 or 15.38% Responded 1-2 hours.
2 out of 13 or 15.38% Responded 2-5 hours.
4 out of 13 or 30.77% Responded 5-10 hours.
2 out of 13 or 15.38% Responded 10+ hours.

Question 6 - What challenges are you and/or your staff experiencing in your current thick client lab/labs? (Optional).

Response 1 - Master image is getting bloated with applications not required any longer. Group policies are out of date. Master images are loaded one client at a time. OS updates are automatic but application updates are not and applied one client at a timeand not in a timely fashion.

Response 2 - We decided to migrate to Windows 10, which was fine until the Anniversary update.

Response 3 - We have software in certain labs with limited licenses. If those labs fill up, even if people aren't using that software, it's inaccessible. We want to virtualize this software, making it accessible from any of our labs.

BYOD is big. Students want to use their own hardware. Still, they need to be able to connect to their VDI desktops, if we go VDI. Students should be able to install the Horizon client on their laptops, tablets, etc.

Need Linux support.

Response 4 - The labs are fully used, so it is difficult to find open times to get in to make any needed changes.

Response 5 - None. The hardware is new and reliability high. Software application issues would be the same regardless of the method served. I do realize the benefit of centralized administration with VDI.

Response 6 - Hardware dies often
. Equipment is expensive and requires a refresh every 4-5 years. VDI is attractive because of the longer lifecycle of zero clients. Software installation is time consuming.

Response 7 - Hardware requirements such as GPU would make VDI expensive or impossible. We don't have student labs rather everyone has their own individual desktops or a research lab area has a general purpose machine/machines for people to use which has specific hardware requirements/components. Would prefer to run the desktops that are just internet and office as VDI but cost and scalability isn't there for us to do it ourselves.


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