Engineering and IT students can now access the resource-intensive software necessary for coursework from a cloud-hosted virtual environment.
Applications are available through VMware Horizon Cloud on Azure, giving UTS students access to tools and computer power to simultaneously and seamlessly access applications and workloads online, on any student device.
Deputy Chief Information Officer, UTS Infrastructure and IT Operations, Peter Gale said the processing power needed for research and coursework in the engineering faculty can stretch even the most powerful workstations. The VMware cloud solution allows any engineering student to run complex calculations or rendering tasks from home, or even public Wi-Fi areas, without compromising performance. This means UTS can expand its deployment to other less compute-intensive faculties with total confidence.
The cloud platform means students no longer need to commute or work late at night on campus to complete assignments. Staff and students can also work anywhere, at any time and even overseas.
Faculty of Engineering and IT Associate Dean Rob Jarman said that a cloud-first, mobile solution encourages self-directed learning amongst students.
Our priority is to prepare our students for a highly digital and connected society, something a cloud-first approach to self-directed learning can provide. The virtual desktop solution helps us create an environment where students can gain confidence in digital working, learning and collaboration to take them even further in the workforce.
It's a valuable milestone in our digital transformation journey and one we believe will positively impact students well beyond their current experience. Students can also use their own laptops or tablets, freeing up space in the university's computer labs and other facilities.
VMware works alongside UTS to deliver services that will help us reach our vision to become a world-leading facility. VMware Horizon Cloud on Azure is enabling the Faculty to differentiate its student experience, allowing students to access digital tools at any time, from any location, from any device, says Andrew Fox, Director, End User Experience, VMware ANZ.
In today’s education environment, students yearn for and expect a certain level of operating experience, leaving IT to navigate through the complexities of multiple platform interfaces and security risks. UTS has approached this head-first in partnership with VMware to provide a digital workspace that can deliver a seamless experience with the speed and flexibility students need.