Propeller’s Virtual Desktop offering allows colleges and universities around the country to quickly and easily deploy computer labs in the cloud. Whether they are specialized high-end purpose built labs or general computing facilities, your students can gain access to the applications they need, anywhere, anytime, from virtually any device. With support for Sassafras’ LabSight colleges and universities are able to gain insight on application and license usage to understand how their students, faculty, and staff are using their virtual environments.
This year has accelerated the need for schools to think differently about how best to support students with the technology available to them. Dennis Tilford, Lead Academic Lab Technology Consultant at Cal Poly Pomona describes his experience working with Sassafras and Propeller. “Because of COVID-19 Cal Poly Pomona went to a virtual classroom environment for the 2020-2021 Fall Semester. Cal Poly Pomona selected Propeller to build the Virtual Desktop environment, To better understand how Cal Poly Pomona’s students were utilizing the new virtual environment I would use Sassafras KeyServer to measure program utilization, but my management wanted more information like who was logging in, what lab was being used etc. The extremely responsive and professional teams from Sassafras and Propeller were able to provide the tools for Cal Poly Pomona to run the needed reports. I can now run reports to monitor user logins, track and monitor what programs and stacks are being used and for how long.”
“Understanding how users are using virtual desktops is important for optimizing resources” said Mohammad A. Haque, CTO of Propeller. “Once we know how long users are on the virtual desktops and which applications are being used, we can start making recommendations on optimizing licensing counts and even determine which applications were requested to be available but never used.”
“Like Sassafras, Propeller is driven to help customers succeed by listening to their challenges and engineering innovative solutions,” said Julian Devlin, President of Sassafras. “In fact, our partnership with Propeller is a great example of that: a mutual customer asked for help optimizing our products to work well together, and not only did we make that happen, but now we’ve made the integration official.”
This latest partnership with Sassafras reinforces Propeller’s core mission, to optimize and deliver software resources to students to help reduce the digital divide, introduce equity in learning, and provide anywhere/anytime access to increase student outcomes.
Propeller can integrate your existing licensing for LabSight or provide licensing as a part of the Virtual Desktop or Learning Lab environments. Integration with Sassafras LabSight is available now, please contact our sales team for more details.
For over 30 years, Sassafras has helped IT Administrators manage software and hardware assets with our complete IT Asset Management Suite, AllSight. Our newest product, Sassafras LabSight, is the perfect addition to any virtual computer lab, providing detailed software usage tracking with very little resource overhead.
As education IT veterans, our founders want all students to thrive beyond the bounds of a traditional campus and the confines of limited resources. We believe that technology should never get in the way of a school’s or a student’s ability to grow and engage with the world. With smart cloud computing, we saw an unmatched opportunity to help make better virtual learning possible for students on the devices they already have, freeing K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities from costly and burdensome software and hardware.