Manukau Institute of Technology’s planned new tertiary campus, to open mid-next year, will have an end-user computing network set up on virtual desktop principles, with the expectation that students will predominantly bring their own portable electronic devices to download and use educational material and applications.
It is expected that the great majority of information and applications will be delivered to students’ own devices, says ICT services manager Peter Gardner. Permanent desktops may have to be installed for some applications where there would otherwise be difficulties with licensing terms, he says.
The network is expected to serve about 3000 students on a variety of courses within the business faculty, many having a direct computing element.
The Institute has issued a preliminary request for expression of interest (EoI) for contractors to tackle the proof of concept and technical architectural design for the network. The aim at this stage is to identify a number of suppliers capable of doing the work. Applicants are asked to provide evidence of similar work they have undertaken and of the resources at their disposal.
The network will be based on Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix XenApp and Appsense and applicants are asked to submit evidence of Microsoft and Citrix partnership status and Appsense experience.
The proof of concept exercise aims to ensure “the overall concepts and use cases are tested from a high-level to ensure the proposed technologies support the desired outcomes within the MIT environment,” says the EoI. The technical architecture design stream will encompass “desktop platform design, applications design, user environment design and access design”.
The deliverables of the TAD phase will “describe in detail how each technical solution within the EUC functions and interacts as a whole to deliver the entire end user compute environment.”
Responses to the EoI are requested by August 15. A request to tender will then be issued to selected suppliers, with the aim of choosing a supplier or suppliers by late September and beginning work on both streams on October 1.