Malaysia’s Ministry of Education bridges digital
divide with virtual desktops

To modernize teaching and narrow the urban-rural digital divide across Malaysia’s 10,000 schools, the Ministry of Education has set forth an ambitious vision in its Malaysia Education Blueprint. An investment in VDI technology is giving students access to high-quality computing and digital education resources, regardless of location, connectivity, or end-user device.


"The Ministry of Education sought a solution that could bridge the urban-rural digital divide. Together with Teradici and VMware, we have helped the Ministry prove that virtual desktop technology is indeed such a solution, making it easy for teachers to teach and, most importantly, for students to learn."

Azlin bin Sanip, Secretariat
Malaysia Ministry of Education 


Challenge

  • Overcome geographical diversity and environmental conditions in rural and inland areas to bring parity across schools
  • Provide easy-to-deploy desktop solution, supporting centralized content servers (IT efficiency)
  • Support diverse 32-bit/64-bit applications and content, including videos, nationally-required educational courseware, and operating systems

Solution

  • Initial deployment of 25,000 Teradici® PCoIP® Zero Clients
  • VMware® Horizon View™ (VDI hosts)
  • Bitara, Induk systems integration services

Results

  • Optimized user experience:VDI with Zero Client performance is equivalent to traditional PCs, independent of hardware
  • Enhanced learning: Students have more reliable, continuous access to applications and content
  • Affordable: Fits budget for large deployment, initially and with lower maintenance costs and longer refresh cycles
  • Low infrastructure requirements: Can operate efficiently over slow connections, pushing only pixels to endpoints
  • Simplicity: Flexible, easy-to-move and easy-to-set-up virtual desktops with Zero Clients do not require local IT experts