The technological resources of the Politecnico Grancolombiano are available to the academic community from anywhere at any time with an internet connection, regardless of their device. This virtualization solution implemented by SONDA provides them with a mobile, agile, flexible and highly available user experience.
An objective at the Universidad Politecnico Grancolombiano is to offer its 50,000 students virtual and on-site services using the latest technology, to facilitate their teaching and learning processes.
Previously, only on-site students could access all the technological resources of the university, but students were not granted virtual access. Therefore, the Politecnico Grancolombiano needed to change its user experience to provide classrooms of the future on any device to all their students in a simple and uniform manner.
At this point, the Politecnico Grancolombiano decided to search for a technological partner that would enable it to offer its resources at any time to the community, and to maintain its equipment as this manual task was taking between 3 and 4 weeks.
The University selected SONDA, who used a virtualization and mobility solution with VMWARE and DELL to support the transformation and innovation process at the Politecnico Grancolombiano.
The solution was based on virtualizing 200 desktops into one server, thus saving energy, space and improving the quality of work for those performing equipment maintenance, updates and deployment. They could now work on 120 computers simultaneously and take 2 to 3 hours to complete tasks that would have previously taken 2 to 3 weeks, as they would have had to work on each piece of equipment separately.
Another benefit of the solution is that students’ design licenses will be available on any device, regardless of their capacity. Previously, each student in a normal environment would need a computer with a certain amount of RAM, a specific graphic processor, a hard disk and a powerful video card. This is no longer necessary using virtualization, because students can access this resource using their polytechnic user name and password from any device connected to the Internet.
Mr. German Montoya, Infrastructure Manager at the Polytechnic, said that “Before virtualization, every six months we procured computers that complied with the required characteristics. Furthermore, we needed between 5 and 6 technicians in our laboratories and to carry out equipment maintenance in computer rooms, and it could still take days to resolve issues.
This challenge was centralized and optimized through SONDA, VMWARE and DELL, who improved the security, stability, robustness and new license registration with only one click. Flexibility and fully utilizing the university’s computing resources is undoubtedly an advantage that puts us at the forefront of technology.”
Mr. Camilo Navarro, SONDA Account Manager, said “This desktop virtualization project was a challenge for SONDA, since it was our first implementation within the education sector and we now have proven experience to grow sustainably in this industry.”
The university plans to expand in the future and implement new technologies related to the educational environment, to achieve its objectives, strengthen its resources and release them to the university community, in order to quickly and easily support their learning processes