How to save cost through reducing number of purchased laptops
Posted on 2013-05-31
I have been asked to find a new strategy to save cost, and that is through reducing the number of computers we buy every year as the university expands and require to open computer room for students. Before highlighting my approach, let me give you an overview of our current university setup.
- the university has around 2000 students, and we have 10 labs with 300 laptops. of course connected to domain controllers with shared drive and Microsoft office with other applications used in different courses.
- there are some courses that use the laptops only for browsing and Microsoft office and save their data under shared drive. but other courses used different applications like python, Oracle...etc. that require a reasonable computer processing.
To save cost, we don't want to open anymore labs "more computers" for courses who uses computer only for browsing, Microsoft office and access shared drive. I was asked to come with a strategy and highlight the advantages and disadvantage of students bringing their own laptops for those basic tasks.
which of the following do you think is best to save cost without compromising security and access to shared data:
A- In addition to our domain controller, setup terminal server. this way students who use computers for office, browsing and share access they can use terminal clients. this way we don't have to buy expensive laptops.
B- change whole domain to Terminal Server. with this scenario a powerful server has to be implements which will be expensive.
C- for students who bring their own laptops, we can purchase Office 365. and they can save their data on cloud. to print we have system that enable students to print through web browser. Internet connection will be single point of failure.
If you think of better way please advice.
your ideas will be appreciated.