Modern Infrastructure for Better Digital Learning Experience

By Harsha Kotikela

January 21, 2022 | min

Nutanix, a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, and Citrix Systems, Inc. formed a strategic partnership to help you build a simple, secure, and performant infrastructure for a digital learning environment. From K-12 to research universities, running Citrix® Virtual Apps and Desktops on the Nutanix® Cloud Platform simplifies solutions, enhances security, and delivers excellent student and staff experience.

There are 3 major benefits of building a Nutanix + Citrix technology stack at your institutions.

1. Enhanced Security:

Educational institutions and learning are continuing to be digitized and developed to help student growth and achievement, but security plays an important role to protect student and research data. A Nutanix and Citrix technology stack, helps enable you to strengthen your security profile to prevent data theft and loss from ransomware and malware while facilitating the ability to adhere to your regulatory, compliance, and data privacy requirements. The Nutanix Cloud Platform is hardened by design, with advanced security features— including flexible encryption, and malware and ransomware protection—that complement and strengthen the granular Citrix policy control engine. Nutanix can help prevent the spread of malware and ransomware and avoid data loss and theft through comprehensive access controls and data encryption.

The Nutanix Flow™ networking solution uses microsegmentation to control access to and from user sessions and infrastructure services. Limiting group access to specific networks, applications, and data reduces the attack surface and can curtail the spread of malware and ransomware. When combined with Citrix Application Delivery Management, Secure Web Gateway, Web App Firewall, and Application Delivery Management for secure remote access, virtual applications and desktops are delivered from an inherently secure architecture that promotes end-to-end security from any device.

2. Simplify operations:

Education institutions, especially large public universities, are spread across multiple locations with varying infrastructure needs, and BYOD practices that stretch IT resources to the limit. With Nutanix and Citrix technologies, you can provide consistent access to apps and data and have flexibility in supporting a varying number of students without increasing complexity. The same team that manages desktops and apps can also easily manage servers, storage, and virtualization.

Whether you’re operating in a private, public, or hybrid multicloud, the combination of Nutanix and Citrix technologies allows centralized management to support more end-users without adding operational complexity.

3. Faster deployments and Consistent experience:

In many End User Computing (EUC) deployments in education institutions, student experience is critical – considering that poor user experience can lead to poor learning. And, as we think about the future of education, it needs to bring together the benefits of digitized learning as well as the benefits of in-person learning. This hybrid model requires maximum flexibility and fast adaptation from the IT infrastructure that supports the learning environment. With Nutanix and Citrix, you can transition to a completely remote environment in hours vs. days, adding thousands of desktops in a few hours. Standardized, secure environments scale quickly and deliver greater flexibility, increasing end-user satisfaction.

Nutanix and Citrix help IT staff with industry-validated solutions for consistent performance from 100s to 1,000s of end users. Users benefit from a responsive system that meets their needs, while your IT team spends less time on management and more time on high-value projects.

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