Today’s digital natives and mobile computing devices are forcing schools to modernize their computer labs. Having a few rooms on campus with rows of desktop computers doesn’t meet the needs of today’s on-the-go students. In the morning they may be working at home or in a dorm room. During the day, they’re probably on-campus for classes or lab work. At night they could be studying or collaborating in creative work spaces or coffee shops.
According to a national study of undergraduate students, 89% of the respondents owned laptops, and about 60% of the students owned three or more Internet-capable devices*. Today’s students require flexible and user-friendly learning environments with secure access to education applications and information at their finger tips.
Anytime, anywhere secure access is no longer a premium benefit that’s only offered by a few institutions; It’s pivotal to engaging and retaining students to produce the best possible educational outcomes.
If it’s done correctly, secure access solutions with virtual apps and desktops can actually be selling points to prospective students, families and even a competitive differentiator. Providing creative and collaborative learning spaces with secure high-speed access to educational applications shows that an institution regards student’s needs and workforce preparation as top priorities.
But education provider IT departments have to balance the need for secure access solutions with the reality of budgetary challenges. They are tasked with providing an agile infrastructure and cost-effective secure access for students and faculty without compromising personal and financial data, or valuable research materials and intellectual properties.
Count on U2Cloud to provide the secure app and desktop virtualization solutions you need to embrace the mobile IT educational model and provide a student-centric approach to learning. Together, you and U2Cloud can modernize your computing environment and transform how you provide personalized educational experiences by:
- Providing secure access to educational and collaborative apps anytime, anywhere, and on any device
- Consolidating your campus IT infrastructure and securely delivering Windows virtual desktops
- Implementing security patches and software updates quickly at the data center
- Cutting costs by extending the life of your legacy apps and older hardware