• September 8, 2021

Virtualizing software access for higher education

Sarah Knapp
  • by Sarah Knapp

In a webinar hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) on August 10, presenters shared the basic benefits of AWS WorkSpaces and AppStream 2.0 and how these products should be at the forefront of discussions regarding work from home and the future of higher education. Workspaces is AWS’s cloud native persistent virtualized desktop. AppStream 2.0 allows users to access cloud based non-persistent applications and desktops. Both options give users the ability to perform day-to-day tasks just like a traditional desktop. 


In the education space, IT departments are challenged with how to provide machine and software needs to students and staff in an equitable, efficient, and cost effective manner. Many education institutions are currently using legacy on-prem VDI solutions that require them to manage their own physical security, load balancers, stacks, storage administration, or any combination of other services. Propeller utilizes AWS building blocks and gives clients an “easy button” for providing virtual computer labs.


Propeller works to bridge the digital access gap and provides access to anyone, any time, on virtually any device. With a shared goal of productive students, faculty, and staff, the use cases for virtual desktops lend themselves to adjunct faculty, remote workforce and student body, hybrid class models, application migration, and compute-intensive applications

“Providing a level playing field and consistent access to technology is critical for a student’s success in the classroom. When we started Propeller, our focus was on the student – every time we look at adding to our service, the first question is, ‘How does this benefit our students?’”

A more distributed and flexible campus

For a recording of the webinar, “Computer labs in the cloud: Virtualizing software access for higher education,” click here

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