CNM Kicks Off Project to Widely Expand Virtual Desktop Access, Improve IT Capabilities

September 12, 2019

The college has launched a major project that will dramatically increase access to Virtual Desktops and establish a private cloud that will position CNM for future virtualization and IT needs. Phase I of the Hyper Converged Data Center Project recently launched and will focus on building a private storage cloud to support a much more robust virtual desktop infrastructure. After implementation, CNM will be able to support 2,000 virtual desktops on-campus or off-campus. Virtual desktops provide access to very large files and software needed for courses such as computer programming, architectural drafting technology, film production and geographic information systems. Currently, CNM has a very limited virtual desktop infrastructure that’s only accessible on CNM computers in a small number of classrooms. The project is expected to be completed in February 2020.

Hyper-convergence is an IT framework that combines storage, computing and networking into a single system that reduces data center complexity and increases scalability. As online education and the needs for access to innovative technologies increases, it’s critical that CNM’s technology infrastructure stays on the leading edge of higher education.

Some of the benefits of the project include:

  • Ability for ITS to respond more efficiently to shifting college needs related to desktop support and availability.
  • Ability for ITS to more efficiently support innovation and technologies required by CNM educators and administrators now and in the future.
  • Reduced ITS costs.
  • Simplified disaster recovery and business continuity.
  • Consolidation of current storage and processing systems.