Bracknell Forest council saves on hardware costs with Citrix

Bracknell Forest Borough Council is saving £85,000 on computer hardware costs with a thin client application and patching distribution system

Bracknell Forest Borough Council is saving £85,000 on computer hardware costs with a thin client application and patching distribution system from Citrix.

Bracknell is using the XenApp platform from Citrix, which enables apps to be run on older, less powerful desktops.

The council operates about 1,400 PCs, and says it is saving about £25,000 a year by using XenApp to support apps on its desktops.

In addition, the system has been used to reduce the number of servers the council operates to support user apps and patches from 30 to 15.

Richard Dawson, Bracknell Forest IT services manager, said the council would save a further £60,000 over five years from using XenApp to support a reduced server network.

Dawson, speaking at Citrix's iForum user conference in Edinburgh this week, said, "As well as reducing our costs, this system also enables us to support wider flexible working among staff as it supports remote working too."

The thin-client system allows Bracknell's staff to access their office apps from any location via the council's BF Anywhere Now portal, using a security token device.




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