K-12 education, once a bastion of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is now at the forefront of a technological revolution. Technology in the classroom is not only improving student test performance, it’s allowing teachers, administrators, parents and students to break through the school walls and collaborate in the task of education. A key aspect of this revolution is the emergence of BYOD (bring your own device) and VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure), which allow school districts to keep up with technological advancements so that no student is left behind.

A new Market Connections study commissioned by NetApp shows that schools are realizing benefits as a result of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that supports BYOD, or students bringing their own devices such as laptops, smartphones and tablets into the classroom.

Results show great news when it comes to BYOD:  Schools are realizing benefits as a result of implementation.

  • More than half of respondents including schools and districts (57%) have realized savings, reduced costs and enhanced learning, which are believed to be the greatest benefits according to survey feedback.
  • At both the district and school level, BYOD is on decision- makers’ minds; 73% believe BYOD implementation is essential to success.


  • Research shows that for those implementing a VDI solution, nearly all (96%) report some level of technology budget savings and more than half of respondents have seen improved performance as a result of implementing virtual desktops.
  • Interestingly with VDI, cost was cited as the top challenge for adoption despite nearly every single respondent indicating budget savings. 

The fact is BYOD, VDI, and virtual systems prepare students for success and save the schools money. Can you afford not to adopt these changes?

Read the full report here-




Carina Veksler, Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager, NetApp U.S. Public Sector