Scottish environment agency cuts carbon through desktop virtualisation

A quarter of staff at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) are accessing applications via Citrix

A quarter of staff at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) are accessing applications via a virtual desktop environment powered by Citrix.

The Citrix technology is being used to enable employees to work from anywhere, on any device. Desktop virtualisation technology is being used to centralise data and applications, delivering them to users as a service.

Sepa aims to reduce unnecessary travel, carbon and energy costs and enable staff to be more productive and work more collaboratively.

Sepa’s scientists use the virtual desktop to access processing power via their chosen device at any time. Models can be started during the day and accessed from home in the evening, rather than relying on costly workstations on which to run complex models, Sepa said.

“The idea of having a centralised virtual desktop and using low-power thin-client devices was very attractive. Our employees love the new environment. They are able to do more things from more places,” said Jav Yaqub, IT services manager at Sepa.

The agency has seen a reduction in its carbon footprint and business travel associated with IT support, and the need to travel between offices has been reduced.

In June 2013, Sepa moved into a new building designed specifically with mobile workstyles in mind. The Angus Smith Building has seven hot-desks for every 10 staff. By combining hot-desking with the use of thin clients, Sepa said it has reduced desktop PC energy costs by 90%. 

The agency worked with Citrix Gold Solution Advisor I-KONIC to implement Citrix XenDesktop, Citrix NetScaler, Citrix Receiver and Citrix CloudBridge.

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