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1 Moving Your Computer Lab(s) to the Cloud Rick O’Toole & Dave Hicking University of Connecticut Libraries

2 Introductions / Background Rick O'Toole, Public Computing Coordinator Dave Hicking, IT Support Coordinator Members of the Libraries' ITS dept, staff of 8; support Library staff and technology in 9 buildings across 6 state-wide campuses Dependent upon central IT for networking, authentication, other infrastructure services

3 UConn Libraries at-a-glance Over 370 public machines Windows desktops, Macs, laptops o Open computing cafes o “Labs” o Classrooms o Video theaters o Seminar rooms o Collaborative spaces o Lending laptops Network printing – cost recovery o Black & White o Color

4 WHY go virtual? Benefits? For the Library: Deploy software faster across machines Reduce time/labor to perform desktop updates Cost savings (equipment, staff, power) * For the Users: Consistent user experience across labs Access to software from anywhere, anytime More up-to-date software available *Results may vary

5 UConn Libraries case study Success in virtualizing servers Desire to find similar efficiencies with desktops Partnership with the School of Business and School of Engineering o Common interests o Shared resources o Buying power o Complementary skills and experience

6 HOW to transition to virtual Sell the concept, explain the benefits. Use other successful institutions as examples Get buy-in/support from supervisor(s) or sponsor(s) Secure funding, up-front and long-term Stakeholder involvement Build & train your team Develop a support network, workflows, etc.

7 Necessary ingredients A sensible plan, reasonable scope Project Management The right people, the right skills A phased approach Patience and flexibility User involvement and feedback The right equipment – re-purposing old equip vs. buying new devices Tech Support Marketing & Communication $

8 Transitioning Steps Pilot a small # of computers Ericom browser-based access Repurpose existing PCs as “thin desktop” model o VMware Whitepaper

9 UConn’s vPC

10 OLD Equipment Lifecycle: budget planning – equipment requests based on needs, outside requests specification - working with Lib staff to meet user's needs procurement - working with vendor(s) for best price and model inventory control - working with material handling; imputing equip into own database configuration & testing - creating image, applying settings security - physical and software policies implementation - space planning; coordinate resources; remove old equip, install equip; document for ongoing support support - higher level troubleshooting that desk can't address upgrade - periodic software updates, applying patches, adding new software replacement - putting better or newer equip in when it becomes obsolete or unable to perform tasks

11 NEW Equipment Lifecycle: budget planning – equipment requests based on needs, outside requests specification - working with Lib staff to meet user's needs Moved to standard zero client device procurement - working with vendor(s) for best price and model inventory control - working with material handling; imputing equip into own database Devices not under $1000, do not require tagging configuration & testing - creating image, applying settings Devices don't have OS of software security - physical and software policies implementation - space planning; coordinate resources; remove old equip, install equip; document for ongoing support *Quicker support - higher level troubleshooting that desk can't address *Quicker upgrade - periodic software updates, applying patches, adding new software Done remotely, quicker via Teradici console replacement - putting better or newer equip in when it becomes obsolete or unable to perform tasks

12 Why use zero clients? The benefits include: Cost of device approx half that of desktop *once your back-end hardware is in place No moving parts  reduces support calls, can extend life of equipment, quieter Energy savings Smaller footprint saves desk space Quicker startup

13 Providing users the latest & greatest university software

14 Printing Initially we had approximately 20 separate printers installed in each virtual machine o Doesn’t scale Pharos’ Uniprint “one queue” for all locations Partnering with other labs o Library runs central server o Other labs don’t need to create their own printing solution Simplified user experience o Students only have to decide if they’re printing in black & white or color o Print jobs can be picked up in any participating lab

15 Cloud printing

16 Products VMware – virtualization Ericom AccessNow Dell – hardware and services o Server components o Wyse zero clients Samsung all-in-one zero clients Pharos Uniprint printing Unidesk – virtualization, layering Labstats – usage reporting Sassafras K2 – reporting

17 More info vpc.uconn.edu o Blog of what we’ve done, learned o About the Technologies and Equipment used print.uconn.edu zero clients:

18 Q & A


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