Malaysia to reduce rural and urban education gap with virtual desktop

Malaysia has 10,000 schools nationwide. The Ministry of Education (MOE) recognizes the enormity of the gap between students studying in urban cities versus those in rural areas. Following a proof of concept that combines technologies from VMware and Teradici, Bitara Induk, a leading ICT systems integrator, has been awarded by the Malaysian government to deploy 25,000 seats of VMware Horizon virtual desktops and Teradici PCoIP zero client devices as part of a national program to bring digital learning to 1,250 rural and inland schools across Malaysia.
The private cloud deployment gives students access to high-quality computing and digital education resources, in some cases for the very first time, as part of an effort led by the Malaysian Ministry of Education to modernize education and bridge the digital divide.
The Ministry has established an ambitious vision for preschool through university education in the

, is an ambitious project by the Malaysian Government that aims to improve the educational outcomes for 6 million students at 10,000 schools nationwide, advance the country’s overall competitiveness in the global labor market and bring educational parity to urban-rural schools.

As of March 2014, approximately 25,000 students, teachers and administrators at 1,250 schools have gained access to desktops, applications and data using virtual desktop infrastructure for the first time. With minimal onsite IT setup or modification to the classroom environment, high-performance computing and educational resources are delivered to students and teachers across devices – even in rural and inland areas with limited access to connectivity and electricity.
Educational resources are now shared among these schools, and IT administrators have been empowered to manage, secure, and broker services to students and staff in accordance with Ministry policies.
With VMware Horizon and Teradici PCoIP Zero Clients, all user data and computing applications are transmitted as pixels-only images to virtual desktops in the classroom. In contrast to more costly traditional PC hardware, data and applications are separated from end-user devices and securely stored in easier-to-manage data centers.
This makes it easier simpler for IT managers to install, replace or convert legacy desktop PCs and terminals in a virtual computing environment with cost-effective, flexible PCoIP zero client systems and to support or upgrade educational software and applications written specifically for the Malaysian school system.
Watch the videos below for more on the project.

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