Under the founding motto “Protect justice with authority”, Kansai University has constantly been involved in the development and education of society and its citizens since it was established in 1886. In addition to thirteen faculties, thirteen graduate schools, and three professional graduate schools, the University is also equipped with all educational institutions from pre-school to high school and aims to foster human resources through an integrated schooling system.
The University is also well known for focusing on the importance of IT, computer knowledge and technical skills from an early stage. Since the Faculty of Informatics was established in 1994, it has provided a multifaceted curriculum related to data processing. “From beginner typing lessons to programming and other lectures for more advanced students, we provide science and arts students with a place to acquire a broad IT knowledge. To be specific, we have established dedicated classrooms with machines which are used for lectures and self-study and have either Windows, Mac, or UNIX (Solaris) OS.” explains Kansai University’s Masaki Ogino.
However, there had been a certain problem associated with this type of operating model in the past – an insufficient number of Windows terminals. “There were not enough physical terminals for the number of lectures and students who wanted to use them. Consequently, while they were being used in a lecture, they couldn’t be used for self-study by other students,” Ogino continues. In order to solve the problem, the faculty investigated the deployment of a VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). With a VDI, it is possible to use OS prepared in a virtual environment without relying on physical terminals.
The University felt that students’ quality of learning would increase if they could use a Windows environment from any terminal at any time. “At the time, we had already prepared a UNIX (Solaris) environment by VDI. By migrating Windows to a VDI as well, we felt that we could create an environment in which it was possible to access either OS from a single terminal,” says Ogino. Furthermore, the faculty also wants to establish a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment in which it would be possible for students to access school systems from their own PCs and smart phones in the future. “We concluded that a VDI platform would be the most effective,” explains Ogino.