Malaysian ministry wins VMware innovation award

NetworksAsia staff
NetworksAsia

The deployment of the largest virtualized desktop environment in Malaysia by the Ministry of Education (MOE) has won the 2014 VMware Innovation Awards in the category of Transforming IT by Defying Convention.

One of the five global winners, the award celebrates its achievement in leveraging technology to change the way education is provided across the country.

The implementation of VMware’s virtual desktop infrastructure technology, possibly one of the largest across Asia Pacific to date, transformed the way MOE provides education, enabling access of technology, internet and online learning resources to over 300,000 students in rural areas across Malaysia.

With over 10,000 schools located in rural areas, transporting engineers for system maintenance presented logistical challenges, resulting in inconsistent and sporadic service. By modernizing the desktop infrastructure, not only did system maintenance became more cost-effective and efficient, the MOE was then able to centralize its management, enabling the schools to receive latest software updates and applications in a timely manner.

This rollout covers some 1,250 schools and 25,000 desktops that have been equipped with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology, allowing schools to concentrate on a holistic learning environment without having to worry about IT maintenance and other costs.

Aligned with the vision to bridge the urban-rural digital divide as outlined in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013 – 2025, the MOE implemented VDI technology to achieve the country’s vision. PCs were replaced to include VMware Horizon, transforming physical PCs into centralized managed IT services, delivering elastic desktop services as a virtual workspace for easy management and rich user experience. This provided the MOE with a simple and easy to manage way of provisioning PCs to these schools without the heavy expense of purchasing new units after each life cycle.

The deployment model enabled desktops, applications and data to be consolidated into a simple, centralized virtualized infrastructure that serves 1,250 schools.

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