October 13, 2021
The pandemic accelerated many existing trends in hybrid learning, including students’ expectations to be able to learn anywhere, from any device. In this new hybrid culture, educational institutions need to be prepared for educational disruptions while adapting to students’ learning preferences. From a student’s perspective, accessing educational systems at home can often be more complicated and often doesn’t provide the same degree of access.
Today, schools are struggling with:
Remote learning has highlighted technological inequities among students. When students cannot access in-person resources such as computer labs, or have limited access to software because of their low-powered device, their learning can easily be disrupted.
School IT staff also experience challenges with providing equitable access to application software due to complicated licensing structures. They might have limited licenses available for Adobe Creative Suite or Autodesk, with a majority already installed on computer lab devices that students don’t always have access to. When students in CTE classes aren’t able to access high-powered software like Adobe Creative Cloud and Solidworks on their devices, they lose out on the opportunity to learn when, how, and where they want to.
Google Cloud and Nutanix are announcing their new Nutanix Frame on GCP flat-rate education bundles (available exclusively via Carahsoft/CDW), which will allow U.S.-based educational institutions to access and make use of hybrid cloud offerings in a budget-friendly way. They are addressing the app gap with virtual machines (VM) that can deliver apps to students wherever they are.
VMs are also more readily available, so five students don’t need to share one instance of an application; everybody can have their own. Since VMs are owned and maintained by the school, app licensing can be handled automatically. Students can do workload-intensive schoolwork in virtual labs, so schools don’t need to maintain high-powered, expensive workstations.
Nutanix Frame provides a seamless experience for students at home or at school—without requiring specialized equipment or staff to maintain it. The service can be accessed by any person or group, allowing greater equity across an entire district. Nutanix Frame’s advantages:
Nutanix Frame is optimized for Google Chrome and provides native integrations with Google Drive and Google Sign-in, while giving authentication directly into Frame. Frame also offers out-of-the-box support for Progressive Web Apps (PWA), which allows users to launch Frame virtual apps and desktops directly from a ChromeOS shelf, macOS Dock, iPad app, etc. School districts can solve problems without reinventing the wheel or replacing anything.
In addition, Nutanix Frame has no dependency on Microsoft Active Directory, so it can be deployed for customers who do not have an Active Directory implementation. This avoids a level of complexity in authentication handling management and makes it easier to deploy.
Nutanix Frame isn’t just a short term solution for remote learning. This solution empowers all districts so they can be as flexible and nimble as possible. Regardless of your location or what device you're using, Nutanix Frame provides the same experience in terms of authentication and workflow. Districts don’t have to worry about investing in technology that is aging and will quickly be outdated.
While many K-12 and higher education customers have successfully enabled hybrid-learning with Nutanix Frame on GCP, one of the common challenges was predicting TCO due to fluctuations in usage, which made budget approvals very difficult.
With these new flat-rate bundles, educational institutions can streamline their budget approval process and achieve predictable costs. If the bundles don’t fit the specific needs of students, they can be customized.
Nutanix and GCP built the bundles based on common scenarios in education. Introductory bundles are built for 150 concurrent users, with the highest subscription bundles supporting up to 300. The solution has built-in buffers so that students don’t lose access if there are temporary overages in order to help reduce learning disruption. These bundles include the necessary licensing and products from Nutanix, Microsoft and Google to provide a streamlined remote app experience, all included on a single pricing quote.
Who qualifies for the bundles?
Are the bundles available in all markets?
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Can the customer purchase the bundles from other partners?