Fordham IT is developing a University-wide “virtual desktop” as a more effective way of bringing computer power and information storage to the University community. This involves moving the computing power and storage that was located on an individual’s desktop or other local device – files, projects, and programs – to secure and reliable University servers. This will allow individuals to access files from any computer on campus simply by logging in to the virtual desktop or other similar device. In addition, using virtual desktops will ensure that software will be up to date and ready to go since all system and program software will be updated routinely and remotely at the server.
The “virtual desktop” is expected to significantly improve customer service in a world of rapidly changing technology and to reduce the current costs and complexity of University IT operations.