Bishop Auckland College was facing a significant shortage of high-performance PCs at its Newton Aycliffe campus. With only 25 aging PCs capable of running the 3D applications required by the campus’s 200+ students, the college needed to drastically increase the number of high-performance workstations as cost-effectively as possible.
Phoenix Software developed a custom VMware Horizon VDI solution running on Dell PowerEdge R730 servers paired with a 1.2TB VMware Virtual SAN (vSAN) hyper-converged infrastructure. NVIDIA’s Kepler architecture was chosen to deliver the required 3D rendering capabilities.
Over 100 students can now run AutoCAD and other demanding 3D applications simultaneously from anywhere on any device, with up to 20x the levels of performance of the college’s previous best standalone workstations.