Temasek Polytechnic and Cisco transform learning in Singapore

Temasek Polytechnic announced that they are using the network as a platform for
education in the digital age through the use of virtualization to cater to the
millennial generation.

Transforming higher education with the Cisco Unified Computing System, Temasek
Polytechnic has implemented a ‘Virtual Desktop Infrastructure’ on a foundation
of a Green Data Center. This will offer anytime, anywhere learning to a
generation of students who expect schools to offer learning via the same consumer
technologies they use every day.

Using the Cisco UCS, Temasek Polytechnic is able to provide a virtual desktop
for students, available anywhere on campus and easily accessible through a Web

“The world of education is evolving to embrace demand from our millennial
generation for access to learn anytime, anywhere. Together, we will transform
learning in Singapore,” said Irving Tan, managing director for Asia South
at Cisco.

From a business perspective, the virtualization of the data center also
provides highly secure, mobile, and flexible access to data, while the
infrastructure delivers economies of scale and a smaller carbon footprint.

The virtualized environment provides cost-efficiencies, increased productivity
due to reduced IT manpower to manage the systems as well as consolidated
management for updating software and upgrading application patches, which are
now directly updated in the data center. Temasek Polytechnic also uses fewer

Having a virtual desktop infrastructure allows students and teachers to access
the teaching content anytime, anywhere and on any device.
School administration changes can be easily managed when updating records of a
new cohort or curricula. With consumer technology becoming outdated at a pace
that makes IT departments nervous, the business value of using virtualization
to deliver learning resources means that current infrastructure can continue to
be used in classrooms because access is through a Web browser.

Temasek Polytechnic was awarded the Eco Office Label certification by the
Singapore Environment Council (SEC) in Mach 2011, demonstrating the
institution’s commitment at the highest levels of management, as well as the
environmental awareness of its staff.

“At Temasek Polytechnic, we are building a 21st Century digital campus
which leverages advanced technologies to enable students to learn anywhere,
anytime and on any device. The Green Data Centre and Virtualization Project
will help us to realize this vision,” said Boo Kheng Hua, principal and
CEO at Temasek Polytechnic.

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