Desktop Virtualization in K-12 Schools: The Time Has Come

This paper explores the potential advantages of using desktop virtualization for PCs rather than taking the traditional approach where every computer has its own operating system, resident applications, memory, processing power, and storage.

The methodology for this document is based on in-depth customer interviews and existing IDC desktop virtualization research. IDC Government Insights talked with IT managers in four school districts that have made a commitment to desktop virtualization using VMware. We asked them what worked, what proved to be a challenge, what they might do differently, and what specific benefits they've experienced. All interviewees said that they achieved significant productivity gains, reductions in costs, and improved services for end users. All are in the midst of expanding their initial commitment to desktop virtualization.

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