Huawei donates P8-M cloud-based desktops to DepEd

Chinese tech giant Huawei recently inked an agreement with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the endowment of a cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) system worth P8 million.

DepEd secretary Armin Luistro talks to an executive of Chinese tech firm Huawei during the MOA signing

Top regional and local executives of Huawei signed the deal with DepEd secretary Armin Luistro at the DepEd head office in Pasig City on Friday, July 26.

The VDI system, which consists of 50 terminal units, will be connected to a cloud server installed at the DepEd central office. The thin clients can be deployed in different parts of the country, with the infrastructure capable of accommodating as much as 80 units.

According to wikipedia, a VDI is a desktop-centric service that hosts users desktop environments on remote servers and/or blade PCs, which are accessed over a network using a remote display protocol.

“For users, this means they can access their desktop from any location, without being tied to a single client device. Since the resources are centralized, users moving between work locations can still access the same desktop environment with their applications and data,” the online resource explained.

“For IT administrators, this means a more centralized, efficient client environment that is easier to maintain and able to respond more quickly to the changing needs of the user and business,” it added.

Zhao Rui, PR manager of Huawei Technologies Philippines, said during the signing ceremony that the VDI system is ideal platform in delivering e-learning modules since it can be accessed by any device through the Internet.

It also provides an automated management system and stores all data in single data center in which other departments or divisions can have access, Zhao said.

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