The University of Texas at Austin

Project: vDesk Virtual Desktops

vDesk Project Overview

4/3/2013 - vDesk services will cease operation as a campus-cooperative after the current semester on May 15th, 2013.

Aggregating this type of service, namely disk i/o limitations for several hundred concurrent sessions from a common SAN proved problematic. Industry has offered more scalable and affordable solutions and various CSUs will continue to offer various next generation implementations of this service.

  • School of Nursing
  • Jackson School of Geosciences
  • School of Social Work
  • School of Law


The goals of Phase III are to:

  • Recommend a cost model for governance committee approval.
  • Assess the feasibility of administrative desktops.
  • Gather trending, forecasting statistics and create oversubscription model.
  • Define a sustainable support model for vDesk infrastructure devices
  • Create a case study of a 50 desktop lab desktop versus vDesk cost assessment.
  • Continue outreach to prospective customers of vDesk.


The scope of the vDesk Phase III includes:

  • Meeting with the AIC governance committee to approve charges for vDesk services.       
  • Getting vDesk rates approved by the Office of the CFO.
  • Developing a trending, monitoring, and forecasting methodology.
  • Evaluating and onboarding additional vDesk customers.
  • Investigate additional VDI technology as appropriate.
  • Engage new and potential vDesk customers as appropriate.

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