Remote Access for Students
We currently have a Citrix setup with 200 licences for staff to log in remotely to the desktop from home or use apps on laptops in school. This works really well and we can install software on the servers to run in desktop mode or as an app. We are using 4 VMWare virtual servers to run the Citrix servers.
However, it has been suggested that students should be able to use this to be able to complete their work. They can currently access all of their coursework through our VLE and we have suggested using Open Office at home. The students cannot access Adobe CS6 through the VLE and some students use this for Photography or DT.
My question is:
If we were to purchase more remote access, would you suggest
- purchasing more citrix licences and another blade server to deal with it?
- purchasing a separate microsoft terminal services system
- allowing students to use the current system
I have to consider ease of use, set up costs, hardware costs and yearly costs.
Please could you let me know if you have any remote access solutions in place for students, how much they cost initially and annually and if they are worth the money.
Thanks in advance for any answers.