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Virtual desktop helps recruitment firm slash IT costs and speed up expansion plans

Cliff Saran

International recruitment firm Astbury Marsden has used a managed virtual desktop service from IT provider Vesk to accelerate its expansion into new countries and reduce IT costs.

The firm, which specialising in recruitment within banking, financial services and management consulting, has already cut IT costs by 20% in just two months and is expecting savings of more than 40%.

Vesk is providing the company with a virtual desktop environment, based on Citrix Xendesktop and Wyse Xenith thin-client terminals, to deliver a Windows desktop environment to 90 staff. The service also provides access to Daxtra, a Linux tool for parsing websites, that staff can run via a web browser.

Astbury Marsden said the new desktop service is saving the company nearly £600 per machine. The virtual desktop approach additionally uses 95% less energy compared with the old desktop PC strategy.

The virtual desktop strategy will enable the company to move quickly into new regions, said Mark Cameron, chief operating officer at Astbury Marsden. It took the firm six weeks to set up IT for its Hong Kong office. But, he said its recent expansion into London's Tower 42, took just half a day.

The service from Vesk has also helped the company offer staff more flexible IT. Cameron said, "Staff have embraced the technology, which enables them to see the same desktop, whichever device they log on from. It means people can use a Mac if they prefer it to a PC, or even an iPad or Blackberry using Citrix Receiver technology.

"It is supporting flexible working, as well as being much easier to manage than our previous IT infrastructure."

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