Desktop 365 for Education

Offer consistent computing on-site and at home, reduce (or possibly eliminate) the cost of end user devices and more with Server-Led IT.

Growing Multi-Academy Trusts will also appreciate the high scalablity of Desktop 365.

About the Education sector

As students increasingly take computing for granted, care for machines seems to have suffered and, with it, wastage risen. On top of this, the younger generation have become all too accustomed to ‘pick-up-where-you-left-off’ consumption, meaning the gap between expectation and student experience is widening.

Teaching and admin staff are increasingly overworked and efficiencies must be sought to alleviate their pressures and reduce churn.

The growing sub-sector of Multi-Academy Trusts are looking for scalable solutions that increase economies to deliver more effective teaching.

How can a Server-Led IT solution like Desktop 365 help the Education sector?

Server-Led IT for

Reduce (or eliminate) device costs

True Server-Led IT implementations will revolutionise the way you budget.

  • Run Rasberry Pi’s – moving the desktop experience away from devices means little processing power is required, making seriously low-cost alternatives viable for the first time.
  • Increase replacement cycles – moving the desktop experience away from the devices makes them last longer, as less processing power is used. What was once three years could now be five!
  • Reduce device breakage – using smaller machines might be less of an outlay but they are also easier to hide behind screens or desks. Suddenly they don’t seem as prone to recurring ‘one-off’ accidents.
  • Reduce energy bills – using smaller machines also reduces the on-going cost of power, which reduces energy costs and gives additional environmental and PR benefits.
  • Implement BYOD – moving the desktop experience away from the device means students can bring their own devices (BYOD), which could eliminate costs altogether (plus additional environmental and PR benefits).

Device-based costs

Running devices as lower-spec as Rasberry Pi’s has worked for some institutions; for others, user requirements might dictate devices with a little more power – thin clients or Android devices, for example. A proof of concept (PoC) would help you establish your specific needs.

Standardise computing experiences

One less excuse for not doing the homework.

  • Reduce lost workNetflix-like ‘pick-up-where-you-left-off’ desktop computing takes users back to the specific location they were when they left off. Whether they remembered to manually save their work, or not.
  • Home availability – make sure students can access all of the files and applications they need while working from a home-based device. A true Server-Led IT implementation allows home-working students to access their school’s desktop from any device.
  • Give teaching staff a break – make sure teachers and lecturers alike can effectively prepare lessons from home… without having to lug a computer with them each way.
  • Regain snow days – allow admin staff to work from home when the premises shuts (or if they’re unable to make it), further increasing efficiencies.

Consistent experience

The Server-Led implementation allows users to access their Institution desktop – along with all necessary work and applications – from any device.


Server-Led IT is (and always will be) far less risk than Device-Led.

  • Easy multi-factor authentication – make sure only the right user only ever accesses an individual desktop (and files) by adding an additional easy layer to the login process.
  • Regular penetration testing – delivery partner, Atlas Cloud, regularly arranges penetration testing to assess (and fix) any vulnerabilities.
  • Wave goodbye to ransomware risks – with Server-Led IT; if one device is penetrated, you just throw it away. It doesn’t affect any other devices on the network as the devices themselves don’t actually access the network in this way.
  • Pro-actively monitor networks – AI-powered analytics can identify and flag unusual activity and automatically take preventative measures.
  • Protect at every level – Encryption, firewalls, anti-virus and spam filtering ensure that the network, files and emails are protected against malicious intent.

Bank-grade security

Delivery partner, Atlas Cloud, have been audited by high-compliance Financial institutions and also the UK Government, as they are listed in G-Cloud 11. The Server-Led approach is known as a far more robust methodology to traditional IT implementations as it eliminates numerous unnecessary risks.

Education Sector Applications

We’ve hosted countless legacy and on-premise software for our customers. In the education sector there is a growing understanding that applications that support and enable the education process need to be much more available, for teachers, students, admin staff, and even parents. Common application types include Student Information Systems, Learning / Homework Management, Progress and Performance Tracking, Exam Revision and Preparation, Resource Repositories, and even Trip Planning, 

We’re yet to find an application we couldn’t host. Here are just a few examples of education orientated apps that customers may wish to host or, in the case of web or SaaS solutions, make more secure.

Education Sector In The News

Education data breach epidemic

The Education Data Breach Epidemic

What's happening?

​More than 700 data breaches at schools and academies reported in just the last year.

Why is it avoidable?

Physically transferring data introduces a significant element of human risk and passing it through a 3rd party increases this even further. Desktop 365 virtualises your data stores so they can instantly be accessed by any of your offices when required. Sensitive data never has to leave your network, signifcantly reducing the risk of receiving hefty fines relating to data breach. Malicious access is restricted via Multi-Factor Authentication, heavily encrypted communications between your network and data centres, and storing data virtually and never on susceptible devices.

Facilitating compliance

Desktop 365 is a highly certified solution which means that your company can benefit from partnering with us on your IT infrastructure. Our data centres are also ISO 27001 compliant so you can be confident in our third party partners too.

All of this helps our customers to be compliant with legal regulations as well as to obtain certification of their own. See our current cerifications below.

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