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Sponsored By: TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKES THE GRADE WITH 1,500 VIRTUAL DESKTOPS February 27, 2014 Robert Keith Director of Technology Rem Mascardo Network.

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1 Sponsored By: TEXAS SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKES THE GRADE WITH 1,500 VIRTUAL DESKTOPS February 27, 2014 Robert Keith Director of Technology Rem Mascardo Network System Engineer

2 About Waxahachie Independent School District  Located in Waxahachie, Texas  30 minutes south of Dallas and 40 minutes southeast of Fort Worth  Public School District  Our IT Team  3 Engineers and 6 Technicians  Who We Serve:  8,000 students  1,200 faculty and staff  1 Pre-Kindergarten School  6 Elementary Schools  2 Junior High Schools  3 High Schools

3 What Were Our Drivers for VDI?  Physical PCs = IT Nightmare  Countless use cases, different from classroom to classroom and even machine to machine Business Office, front desk clerks, lab settings, Principals, non-instructional positions, etc. Multiple labs on each campus  Updating physical machines was time-consuming and inefficient  Constantly having to deploy apps and updates to meet teacher needs  Expand education beyond the walls of the classrooms (support BYOD!)  Lay foundation for new educational standards and computer-based testing  Provide the best possible educational experience for the community

4 Our First Attempt at VDI  900 non-persistent desktops  Mix of thin and zero clients and repurposed PCs  VMware Horizon View for connectivity  Cisco and IBM blade servers for hosting

5 Grading Our First Attempt: C  Connectivity and protocol performance  Mobile device and client support  IO performance and uptime / user experience  Keep pace with application change requirements  Configure desktops for different use cases with 1 image  Manage VDI with internal IT headcount A A C- D- F- C-

6 Decision Point  Had to buy new PCs for teachers who had bad VDI experience  Two choices moving forward:  Fix VDI management and storage issues and try again  Abandon VDI and go back to physical PCs

7 VDI Has Too Many Benefits Not to Try Again!  VDI Management Solution: Unidesk  Easy, all-in-one platform for desktop provisioning, app virtualization, and image management  Simple enough that no longer needed 3 rd party consultant  1 gold image to patch for all desktops and all use cases  Layer apps and app updates in minutes, and rebuild desktops at any time  Push applications to teachers at a moment’s notice  VDI Storage Solution: Pure Storage  All-flash storage array  Virtual Desktop uptime of 99%  11:1 data de-duplication for outstanding desktop density  Greater efficiency to keep our ever-ballooning data manageable  Latency is less than one millisecond – incredible user experience

8 Our VDI “Retest” – The Numbers  900 virtual desktops  Mostly labs, some staff  15 application layers  1 Windows 7 gold image  1000 mobile devices  5 TB Pure Storage array  75 desktops per Blade NEW

9 Benefits of Unidesk  Provision non-persistent desktops (labs) or persistent desktops (faculty/staff) with one solution  One Gold Windows OS layer for easy patching  Fast and easy application virtualization  Microsoft Office, Adobe PDF Editor, Audacity, Movie Maker, Doceri, ActivInspire, Skyward, Java SDK, Firefox, Google Chrome, drivers, plug-ins  70% less storage: persistent and non-persistent  Rollback “Personalization” layer for instant break/fix  Installs quickly as vSphere appliances  Integrates with VMware Horizon View The Magic of “Layers”

10  5 TB all flash array  Only 56% used to date for 900 desktops  Equates to only 3.1 GB per desktop  11:1 data reduction  Made even better combined with Unidesk’s storage reduction  Provides consistent, seamless uptime  Incredible end user experience with <1 millisecond latency Benefits of Pure Storage

11 Grading Our Retest: Straight As!  Connectivity and protocol performance  Mobile device and client support  IO performance and uptime / user experience  Keep pace with application change requirements  Configure desktops for different use cases with 1 image  Manage VDI with internal IT headcount A A A A A A

12  VDI with Pure Storage, Unidesk, and VMware Horizon View is a success  Adding 600+ more virtual desktops to the current 900  Repurposing old PCs for future virtual machines  Supporting BYOD for students  Establishing a foundation for upcoming educational standards and computer-based testing VDI Adoption Now Accelerating

13 Live Demo

14 Other Unidesk Webinars (www.unidesk.com/resources/webinars) Higher Education  Colby-Sawyer College  Gateway Technical College  Massachusetts Maritime Academy  Menlo College  Mercer University  Southeastern Community College  Southwestern Michigan College  Tennessee Tech University  University of Connecticut  University of Maryland  University of Wisconsin Oshkosh  William Woods University Public Sector (State/Local Government)  County of Hamilton, Indiana  County of Vigo, Indiana  County of Tulare, California  City of Kent, Washington  City of Yuma, Arizona  Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania  South Taranaki District Council, NZ  State of Minnesota Dept. Human Services  State of Ohio Dept. of Developmental Disabilities  State of Wisconsin Dept. of Children and Families  Tarrant Regional Water District, Texas Architecture and Engineering  STV Construction  Egan Legal  Bernstein Shur Law Firm Manufacturing  TIPPER TIE, Inc.

15 Q&A and Next Steps  Connect with Robert Keith   keith/27/38/6a0 keith/27/38/6a0  Connect with Rem Mascardo   mascardo/4b/bb7/80 mascardo/4b/bb7/80  Learn more about  Web site:  Bi-weekly technical webinar Date: Tuesday, March 4 at 2pm ET Register:  Learn more about  Web site:  Product overview:


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