Bingview, the campus virtual desktop initiative, was started in 2008 as a pilot project with initial financial support coming from ITS and the Watson School of Engineering. The initial purpose was to provide remote access to University licensed applications. The scope was to support 100 virtual desktops within the initial deployment. Within three years this environment was expanded to support 150 virtual desktops.
Due to the growth in usage, the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure platform was upgraded during the summer of 2014 to improve performance, system stability and insure flexibility for future growth.
The hardware upgrade has been configured to support 300 concurrent users with the ability to easily expand the environment to 500 concurrent users.
Virtual Desktop at Binghamton University is accessed via the link bingview.binghamton.edu. It provides on-campus and off-campus access to statistical, math and engineering packages such as Matlab, SPSS, STATA, SAS, Atlas.Ti, NVivo, Creo, and Microsoft Office 2013, among others.
VDI allows ITS to deliver desktops on demand to users anywhere and to any device. The desktop is delivered in real time to the user's PC, Mac or tablet device.
The following are available in the Engineering Desktop Pool - Anylogic, Arena, ExpertFit, Gimp, IBM SPSS Statistics, Inkscape, Jack, Matlab, Minitab, PTC Creo, PSpice Student, Putty, Python, R for Windows, SAS, Simio, Tora, VisSim, Weka, Wolfram Mathematica, Xming... On most Desktop Pools - AtlasTi, SQL Studio, SAS, SPSS, Stata and NVivo.
For more information on Virtual Desktop, consult the Virtual Desktop FAQ.