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West Nottinghamshire College halves IT spend through 2X Software's desktop virtualisation

West Nottinghamshire College has halved IT costs and saved 80 man hours a week through desktop virtualisation using 2X Software's virtual desktop server and thin client server.

West Nottinghamshire College manages 2,500 PCs, 200 Macs and 600 laptops for around 25,000 users. The college began to move to server-based computing and thin clients at the end of 2010 to reduce costs.

By converting existing PCs to operate as thin clients, students were provided with "roving desktops" via a single sign-on.

"We spent around £250,000 a year replacing desktops as part of the main refresh every four years. But we can save £100,000 a year, maybe even £125,000, due to the scaling of the thin client," said Gavin Peake, IT director at West Nottinghamshire College.

"Our biggest use of time was updating software on individual desktops," Peake added.

As a result, West Nottinghamshire College is using virtualisation to halve its desktop IT budget.

The college has already virtualised 150 desktops, and plans to increase the number to 1,500 by the end of the next academic year in 2012.

Peake hopes that by managing desktops centrally, the department can also save 80 man hours a week to put towards other projects.



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