Fordham IT is developing a “virtual desktop” as a more effective way of bringing computer power and information storage capacity 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 a secure and reliable University server. This will allow individuals to access files from a computer or mobile device on campus or at home simply by logging in to the device. In addition, using virtual desktops will allow software and other infrastructure components to be maintained centrally ensuring 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 significantly improving customer service in a world of rapidly changing technology and to reduce the current costs and complexity of University IT operations.