How Magellan works

Magellan is an HTML5 website which is usually hosted on a server within the establishment’s network infrastructure. Alternatively, it can be hosted in the Cloud.



Magellan can provide access for local and remote users to network-based files and applications. It also provides a completely integrated and secure system for accessing webbased resources.

The system’s powerful single sign-on (SSO) capabilities greatly simplify access to systems that require end-user authentication: these can include cloud-based services such as SkyDrive, Office 365®, and Google™ apps. Everything is integrated and secure, and it requires only one login to open up this vast world of resources.

Magellan delivers this functionality by harnessing the capabilities of the Internet, and HTML5-based technologies in particular, to ensure maximum compatibility with browsers and devices. Magellan can be accessed using iPads®, iPhones®, Apple® desktops and laptops, and Android™ devices, as well as Windows® based devices. Even browsers running on Raspberry Pi, PS4® and Xbox® devices are supported.

Magellan’s advanced RDP (remote desktop and remote applications) service allows you to deliver Windows applications locally or remotely to virtually any device.


Magellan is intuitive and easy to use and to navigate, providing a contemporary, tile-based interface to all the resources.

Touchscreen support is provided by the client device, making system navigation and use simplicity itself. Magellan is therefore suitable for students of all ages and learning styles, and is a highly usable tool for staff and managers. Magellan acts as a bridge between internal and external devices, and Internet and Cloud-based services, as well as allowing users to access internal school resources (such as files and remote applications) from any location. Magellan’s advanced capabilities provide control and management of the services available to end users, as well as performing and maintaining single sign-on (SSO) functions. A school’s usual direct Internet access via proxy and filtering remains unaffected, but access to the Internet and Cloud is significantly enhanced by Magellan’s access control capacities, and by SSO to various Cloud-based services.

Remote application delivery

Magellan uses Terminal Services (Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, or RDS) to deliver Windows applications to its desktop: an RDS server is therefore required to enable this functionality. In addition, if you want to deliver Windows applications to non-Windows devices (e.g. iPad®, iPhones® or Android™) a Linux® server is required to act as an RDP gateway. CSE can configure these servers as part of a standard installation service.


Magellan runs on a dedicated server in your network environment, using a reverse proxy to provide a secure link between your local network and the outside world (the Internet). Your network and web resources are protected from hackers, because only users that can authenticate against the network’s Active Directory® will be able to access Magellan and your online resources.

All the passwords retained for SSO purposes are heavily encrypted: the only way to change a password is to delete and re-enter it. Nobody can read passwords stored within Magellan.