District Extends Lifespan of Existing Technology with Virtual Desktop

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Annese virtualizes 1100 workstations throughout Washingtonville Central School District.

Washingtonville CSD, VDI, Virtual Desktop Integration, BYOD, Bring Your Own Device, Virtualization

Washingtonville can leverage VDI to support a BYOD environment.

Annese’s commitment to the technological needs of the Washingtonville School District is unprecedented. It has far surpassed any previously seen with other vendor partners.

Annese & Associates, Inc. teamed up with Washingtonville Central School District in the Hudson Valley to deploy virtual desktop integration (VDI) that will span approximately 1100 workstations upon project completion.

Washingtonville implemented a virtualization strategy across three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Investment in the infrastructure, as opposed to just replacing the desktop hardware as part of their equipment refresh cycle, positions the District for significant cost savings down the road by extending the lifespan of their existing workstations, as well enhancing IT resources.

Annese implemented Cisco UCS Servers, an EMC2 storage area network, Cisco core switching infrastructure, VMware View 5 software, and Trend Micro agentless antivirus software. The workstations will be swapped with zero client terminals, a much less expensive alternative to PC replacement.

“Annese’s commitment to the technological needs of the Washingtonville School District is unprecedented. It has far surpassed any previously seen with other vendor partners. They have demonstrated the importance of customer success by creating strong and enduring relationships through persistent dedication and hard work,” said Justin Schaef, Ed.D., Director of Data Management and Technology at Washingtonville.

The deployment proved especially timely as the District prepared to administer a state-mandated online assessment test to elementary students. Before VDI, this task would have required a manual software installation onto each PC for students to be able to access the application. Post deployment, IT was able to load the software onto one physical machine which all the other desktops pull from virtually. The entire process was completed in a couple mouse clicks, saving IT staff hours of time and labor.

With VDI, Washingtonville is also prepared to support a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) environment in conjunction with their wireless infrastructure. BYOD simply means that users will be able to access their applications and data from anywhere on the device of their choosing.

Annese will provide continued support to Washingtonville in their new investment. The District currently utilizes Annese Managed Services to provide an additional layer of expertise and support to their technical environment.

To learn more about other K-12 projects Annese has completed, visit the references page.

About Washingtonville Central School District Washingtonville Central School District is committed to the intellectual, cultural, physical and emotional growth of our children in a safe and supportive environment.

About Annese & Associates, Inc. Expertise, Relationships, Innovation. Throughout the past four decades, these principles have established the foundation upon which Annese & Associates has emerged as the trusted adviser to our customers, partners, and communities. While we emphasize the value of designing, installing, and maintaining the boxes and wires that make up your network, we never lose sight of the core deliverables: leadership, integrity, and excellence. Our connections extend beyond devices and networks; we bring people to people, and ideas to action.

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