Engineering Improvements

One of Canada’s oldest educational institutions, Queen’s University is committed to delivering state-of-the-art software tools to its science and engineering students. To overcome bottlenecks to application performance and improve flexibility and control, the university moved from traditional PCs to VMware Horizon virtual desktops and replaced its EMC VNX SAN with VMware vSAN.

Queen’s University Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences Deploys VMware vSAN

Queen’s University and VMware 

Driving Teacher Innovation

VMware Horizon View virtual desktops give students, staff, and faculty nearly instantaneous access to the applications they need, from anywhere. Faculty can drive more teaching innovation because it is easier to experiment with new learning tools. The solution also reduced CapEx and streamlines the IT team’s ability to manage desktop computing.

  • Eliminated infrastructure usage spikes and lag times to launch applications
  • Increased performance for 3D modeling and Microsoft Office applications
  • Simplified and reduced costs for IT and storage growth
  • Streamlined desktop management, reducing OpEx

Queen’s University

Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Industry: Education
Products: vSAN, Horizon 7

Maximizing Student Learning Time

By moving to a VMware vSAN hyperconverged infrastructure solution, the university solved performance and capacity issues while gaining cost-effective scalability. Lags from system login and application launches have disappeared, enabling students to make the most of their time in computing labs.

What Queen’s University has to say about us

"I was blown away with the implementation of VMware vSAN and VDI. No single thing that we had done in the past had caused that extent of change from a user point of view."


Stephen Hunt, Director of Information Technology for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Queen’s University


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