Welcome!

News Feed Item

Texas School Districts Expand Student Access to Technology with Dell Desktop Virtualization

Dell today announced that San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated School District and Socorro Independent School District chose Dell desktop virtualization solutions to provide a reliable and cost-effective IT infrastructure that supports quality instruction and personalized learning. Secure, efficient and easy to manage, Dell’s desktop virtualization solutions save these Texas school districts moneys and hours of annual IT time. This enables Socorro ISD and San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated ISD to provide students greater access to technology so that all students can be better prepared for success in college and career.

“Technology will have a very limited impact on students if there is not regular and reliable access to quality hardware and software that meets the instructional needs of the learner,” said Abe Casillas, Chief Technology Officer at San Felipe Del Rio. “Virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) has enabled our district to extend access to technology for more students, at a price point that allows us to reinvest in extending learning beyond the classroom with a 1:1 computing initiative in our high school.”

Dell offers desktop virtualization solutions to schools and districts worldwide providing solutions that accommodate a variety of use cases and environments. Whether districts are updating existing infrastructure, extending the life of legacy hardware or building new state-of-the-art facilities from the ground up, schools choose Dell’s desktop virtualization solutions to deliver reliable performance with an exceptional user experience, at a cost that maximizes budgets. With centralized management, IT administrators gain greater efficiency and reliability allowing them to focus on what is most important – helping students and teachers.

Socorro Independent School District (SISD) operated a mix of 24,000 various desktop computers, including some that were as much as 10 years old. Performance of these legacy systems began to limit their usefulness and many of the district’s computer labs saw no usage. The district selected Dell Wyse Datacenter for Citrix environments, featuring Dell PowerEdge blade servers supported by Dell EqualLogic storage and Dell Networking switches to revitalize its aging hardware and transform legacy systems into reliable infrastructure. Booting computers once took as long as 10 to 20 minutes, but VDI reduced that to around two minutes. Applications were also able to load and run much faster, which meant that students spent more time learning and less time waiting for software to load.

“If hardware is slow to boot or performance is poor, kids and teachers tend to become frustrated,” says David Akers, team leader for Technical Support Services. “A middle school teacher told me she hadn’t used a particular computer lab in two years because the hardware ‘didn’t work.’ Since the VDI rollout, our older computers are being used. In fact, sometimes teachers can’t tell which labs have new hardware and which are running VDI on older systems.”

San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) was facing a $3.3 million budget cut in 2012 and needed an alternative solution to a refresh of its PC base. After a consultation with a Dell channel partner, Weaver Technologies, Abe Casillas realized that he could dramatically increase the number of workstations across the district, and thereby increase students’ access to quality technology, by implementing a virtualized desktop infrastructure. San Felipe Del Rio worked with Weaver Technologies to design and implement a solution that included 1,900 Dell Wyse CL10LE Thin Clients running on Dell PowerEdge M610 and M620 blade servers and backed by Dell EqualLogic PS6510E storage arrays.

“Every time there was an update,” Casillas says, “we had to go physically touch each PC. It was very time-consuming and took time away from the students, who were always distracted by whatever our tech was doing. We were losing a lot of instructional time, not to mention the time we spent of our own. Now, our district is avoiding about $1.25 million in annual expense by deploying our desktop virtualization model using Dell Wyse thin clients.”

With the financial savings and additional IT capacity gained, both school districts are able to expand their IT initiatives to empower even more students with technology. SISD is exploring a BYOD initiative that would use the district’s VDI to enable mobile access to educational content available in classrooms and computer labs. CISD is using the $1.25 million in cost savings to deploy a pilot 1:1 initiative using Dell Latitude 3330 at its freshman campus. The district hopes to use additional savings to deploy a comprehensive 1:1 program for all high school students in the coming year.

Additional Information:

About Socorro Independent School District

The Socorro Independent School District is proud to be recognized throughout the state of Texas as an innovative educational leader. The success of students and staff of the Socorro ISD continue to raise expectations and levels of achievement for the region and state. As the district of choice, Socorro ISD will rely on continued partnerships and community support to help manage the imminent growth it will face while continuing to improve upon student success. With the help of parents, educators, business leaders, and other community members, the Socorro ISD will continue to graduate 21st century citizens and meet its goal of becoming the best school district in the nation.

About San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District

Located in semi-desert on the north side of the Rio Grande River in Texas, the City of Del Rio is host to Laughlin Air Force Base and the sector headquarters of the U.S. Border Patrol, which are its first- and second-largest employers respectively. Third is the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District, with approximately 1,400 teachers and staff serving about 10,500 students in eight elementary schools, two middle schools, a freshman-only high school and a high school for grades 10–12.

About Dell

Dell Inc. is committed to helping students develop the knowledge and skills they need to learn and succeed in an increasingly digital world and a globally competitive workforce. As a top provider of technology and services to schools, Dell listens to and works with students, educators, administrators, parents and community members around the world to deliver innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more in and out of the classroom. Learn more about Dell in Education at www.dell.com. Follow us on Twitter @DellEDU.

Dell, Wyse, EqualLogic, PowerEdge, and ProSupport, are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Peak 10, Inc., a national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored data center and network services, cloud and managed services. Its solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to lower costs, improve performance and focus inter...
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
So, you bought into the current machine learning craze and went on to collect millions/billions of records from this promising new data source. Now, what do you do with them? Too often, the abundance of data quickly turns into an abundance of problems. How do you extract that "magic essence" from your data without falling into the common pitfalls? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Natalia Ponomareva, Software Engineer at Google, will provide tips on how to be successful in large scale machine lear...
If there is anything we have learned by now, is that every business paves their own unique path for releasing software- every pipeline, implementation and practices are a bit different, and DevOps comes in all shapes and sizes. Software delivery practices are often comprised of set of several complementing (or even competing) methodologies – such as leveraging Agile, DevOps and even a mix of ITIL, to create the combination that’s most suitable for your organization and that maximize your busines...
Struggling to keep up with increasing application demand? Learn how Platform as a Service (PaaS) can streamline application development processes and make resource management easy.
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Klein, CEO and Co-founder of Rachio, will discuss next generation communities that are using IoT to create more sustainable, intelligent communities. One example is Sterling Ranch, a 10,000 home development that – with the help of Siemens – will integrate IoT technology into the community to provide residents with energy and water savings as well as intelligent security. Everything from stop lights to sprinkler systems to building infrastructures will run ef...
Whether your IoT service is connecting cars, homes, appliances, wearable, cameras or other devices, one question hangs in the balance – how do you actually make money from this service? The ability to turn your IoT service into profit requires the ability to create a monetization strategy that is flexible, scalable and working for you in real-time. It must be a transparent, smoothly implemented strategy that all stakeholders – from customers to the board – will be able to understand and comprehe...
See storage differently! Storage performance problems have only gotten worse and harder to solve as applications have become largely virtualized and moved to a cloud-based infrastructure. Storage performance in a virtualized environment is not just about IOPS, it is about how well that potential performance is guaranteed to individual VMs for these apps as the number of VMs keep going up real time. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, in product and marketing at Tintri, will discu...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, will discuss how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to im...
In the world of DevOps there are ‘known good practices’ – aka ‘patterns’ – and ‘known bad practices’ – aka ‘anti-patterns.' Many of these patterns and anti-patterns have been developed from real world experience, especially by the early adopters of DevOps theory; but many are more feasible in theory than in practice, especially for more recent entrants to the DevOps scene. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit at 18th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Chair Andi Mann, panelists will dis...
Unless you don’t use the internet, don’t live in California, or haven’t been paying attention to the recent news… you should be aware that self-driving cars are on their way to becoming a reality. I have seen them – they are real. If you believe in the future reality of self-driving cars, then continue reading on. If you don’t believe in the future possibilities, then I am not sure what to do to convince you other than discuss the very real changes that will roll out with the consumer producti...
Up until last year, enterprises that were looking into cloud services usually undertook a long-term pilot with one of the large cloud providers, running test and dev workloads in the cloud. With cloud’s transition to mainstream adoption in 2015, and with enterprises migrating more and more workloads into the cloud and in between public and private environments, the single-provider approach must be revisited. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yoav Mor, multi-cloud solution evangelist at Cloudy...
There is an ever-growing explosion of new devices that are connected to the Internet using “cloud” solutions. This rapid growth is creating a massive new demand for efficient access to data. And it’s not just about connecting to that data anymore. This new demand is bringing new issues and challenges and it is important for companies to scale for the coming growth. And with that scaling comes the need for greater security, gathering and data analysis, storage, connectivity and, of course, the...
This is not a small hotel event. It is also not a big vendor party where politicians and entertainers are more important than real content. This is Cloud Expo, the world's longest-running conference and exhibition focused on Cloud Computing and all that it entails. If you want serious presentations and valuable insight about Cloud Computing for three straight days, then register now for Cloud Expo.
IoT device adoption is growing at staggering rates, and with it comes opportunity for developers to meet consumer demand for an ever more connected world. Wireless communication is the key part of the encompassing components of any IoT device. Wireless connectivity enhances the device utility at the expense of ease of use and deployment challenges. Since connectivity is fundamental for IoT device development, engineers must understand how to overcome the hurdles inherent in incorporating multipl...