Hosted Desktops for Education

GoCloud hosted desktops help the education sector deliver secure and accessible services.

Hosted Desktops for Education

Whether you work in a nursery, school, college, university or training centre, it’s safe to say that adopting a hosted desktop infrastructure will significantly change the way you work for the better.

A GoCloud hosted desktop looks and performs the exact same way as your current desktop experience, the difference being that it’s hosted in our secure data centres and accessible from any device no matter where you are.

Remote working

Recent events have shown that even a sector as hands-on as education can function effectively from remote locations.

With educators creating lesson plans, marking work, having meetings and even teaching students from their homes via video conferencing software, it’s clear that you don’t necessarily all have to be in the same room to be an effective teacher.

Thanks to hosted desktops, your teachers, lecturers and non-teaching staff have access to all of the files, folders, emails and applications they need no matter where they’re based.

Even when the teaching arrangement is running as normal, hosted desktops enable employees to collaborate as if they were working on laptops whilst sitting next to each other in the staff room.

It truly is a remarkable way of working, which opens up endless opportunities for making the learning journey as rich and interactive as possible.

Exceptional data protection

Educational organisations come with a tremendous amount of data, the vast majority of which is confidential.

From student grades and personal information, to contact details, staff payroll, marketing activity, budgets, board documents and stakeholder engagement, the last thing you want is a data breach that results in the damage, loss or theft of sensitive data.

Hosted desktops from GoCloud completely remove the risk of this happening and also make GDPR compliance a smooth and easy process.

All of this is achieved through the following security features:

  • 256-bit encryption
  • Market-leading antivirus software
  • Two-factor authentication
  • ISO 27001 certification
  • An isolated Citrix/Windows environment that keeps all of your data on individual hardware

The highly affordable option

With so much digital information constantly being added and stored, the education sector requires a huge amount of equipment to keep up with demand.

It’s not just the computers and laptops we’re talking about here, as you also need the servers that host the data, as well as maintenance staff and regular upgrades for both software and hardware.

It almost sounds too good to be true, but the vast majority of these associated costs are heavily reduced or even removed completely when you switch to hosted desktops.

How are costs reduced?

First of all, hosted desktops put far less strain on hardware, helping to significantly decrease the amount of electricity you use whilst lengthening the machine’s lifespan.

Then there’s the servers – since your desktops are hosted in our secure UK data centres, you no longer need to run your own.

This means further reduction of energy consumption, as the hefty hardware can be removed and you don’t even have to worry about maintaining an air conditioned server room.

Due to hosted desktops being accessible on any kind of PC, Mac, Linux machine, laptop, iPad, iPhone or Android device, your ongoing investment in hardware is also drastically reduced.

Staff can even work, collaborate and communicate using their hosted desktops on their personal laptops and phones, plus this benefit even extends to students who are allocated their own hosted desktops.

Last but by no means least, any old hardware that’s due an upgrade can instead be replaced with very affordable thin clients.

These machines are specifically designed to access a hosted desktop via the internet, making them cheap to run whilst using much less electricity than a traditional desktop computer.

Giving students a modern teaching experience

You may have guessed by this point, but hosted desktops also greatly benefit your students.

With the ability to access information, presentations, tutorials, digital activities and video lessons extremely easily, as well as share their own work, they have everything they need to prepare themselves for the highly digitised career landscape of the future.

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