Magazine article District Administration

Meet David Peterson, Creator and Founder of Fiddlehead: CDI's New Software Partner Makes Life Simpler for Everyone

Magazine article District Administration

Meet David Peterson, Creator and Founder of Fiddlehead: CDI's New Software Partner Makes Life Simpler for Everyone

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David Peterson is the chief technology officer for Fiddlehead, a young company merging with CDI this month. Peterson has been developing the Fiddlehead software for most of his 21-year working life.

What does the Fiddlehead software do? Fiddlehead is software that creates up to four virtual computers from one CPU. With Fiddlehead, up to four students can work independently on the computer, each with their own monitor, keyboard, mouse and operating system.

How is Fiddlehead different than using a central server or thin client? Thin clients don't offer real PC performance because the server is remote from the user and performance suffers, especially multimedia. With Fiddlehead, the multimedia is perfect, which is important in schools. Also, because each "seat" has its own operating system and its own set of applications there are no problems with multiple users sharing the same file, as is the case with thin clients.

Besides turning one computer into four, what else does Fiddlehead do? It allows schools to unify and manage their diverse collection of computers with centrally controlled operating system images. It allows a tech coordinator to install, update, lock/unlock, replace or repair the entire operating system and software collection on any computer from a central location with browser-based, drag-and-drop functionality.

Why is this important to schools? School districts buy new computers all the time, so there is typically a wide assortment of brands and models sprinkled across schools. Ensuring image consistency among all computers is important for users and network administrators. …

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