Virtualized computing environments at NAU are helping to save time and money.
Desktop virtualization involves a user interacting with a host computer via a keyboard, mouse, and monitor over a network connection. The host computer, (GreenPC in the case of NAU) can handle multiple virtual desktop sessions at a time, thus centralizing the computer hardware, software, and operating system maintenance.
Connecting remotely to a computer from another computer is another form of desktop virtualization. The remote desktop service at NAU explains how this can be done.
Even web servers can be virtualized, increasing reliability, reducing hardware costs, and adding scalability.
To find out more about the virtualization at NAU, check out the links below.
Thin Clients that connect to GreenPC.nau.edu to provide environmentally friendly windows desktops with access to Microsoft Office, the Internet, and various other applications.
The NAU Virtual Lab (vlab) provides remote access to the student computer lab environment, the Microsoft Office suite, ArcGIS software and other software.