Lean, green thin-clients sprout from fat, old PCs at Housing Trust


Lean, green thin-clients sprout from fat, old PCs at Housing Trust

Nick Booth

Cheshire's largest social landlord, Weaver Vale Housing Trust will use Citrix thin client technology to deliver office applications to 350 office-based and remote staff, in a bid to extend hardware shelf life and cut IT maintenance costs.

Orchard Information Systems (OIS) will install Citrix XenApp 4.5 (formerly known as Presentation Server 4.5) and Access Gateway 4.5 as a means of delivering software and updates. Since old PCs can run new software virtually with Citrix, OIS promised this will extend the life of the Trust's computers.

According to Ian Lee, ICT manager at Weaver Vale Housing Trust the deal will save time and money and saves on hardware being junked. "Citrix will make admin of our IT estate much easier. Installing and updating software only needs to be done once, on the data centre, and then Citrix delivers it out to all the employees. This cuts hardware costs, turning old machines into new thin-clients," he said

The Housing Trust will secure the system with Citrix Password Manager and Safeword for Citrix. This will also make management easier, said supplier Andrew Johnson, ICT consultancy leader at OIS. "Password Manager and Safeword will work together to solve password reset problems for the Trust's support staff, saving the team a lot of time and energy."

"Citrix will give our staff a much better IT experience, and our IT staff too, as our systems are more secure," said Lee, the Trust's IT manager.

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