Local authority fast tracks XP migration and increases mobility - Xtravirt

Implementation of modern working environment reduces IT management costs.

Challenge

  • Migrate 4,000 devices away from Microsoft Windows XP, with efficient use of time and resource to minimise risk involved in handling highly sensitive data
  • Reduce IT management overhead and infrastructure expenditure
  • Improve employee mobility and working flexibility, in line with office space consolidation

Solution

  • Carried out an extensive lifecycle analysis including strategy, assessment of employee working practices and current IT challenges
  • Presented roadmap to design and implement thin client capability across infrastructure of 11,000 users
  • VMware Horizon solutions implemented, leveraging existing investments and tailored to account for public services network compliance and user access control

Result

  • £560,000 cost savings in technician time from XP migration • £160,000 saving in software rationalisation
  • New VDI to save more than £2m in hardware over next 3 years through zero clients and lower powered machines
  • New levels of mobility, flexibility, security and integration across different departments
  • Software updates and centralised desktop support function would reduce IT support calls by 80%

The Customer

This UK local authority is the largest in England with 84 elected councillors and 33,000 employees, and has responsibility for delivering public services to 1.4m county residents.

The Customer

This UK local authority is the largest in England with 84 elected councillors and 33,000 employees, and has responsibility for delivering public services to 1.4m county residents.

At a glance

Challenge

  • Migrate 4,000 devices away from Microsoft Windows XP, with efficient use of time and resource to minimise risk involved in handling highly sensitive data
  • Reduce IT management overhead and infrastructure expenditure
  • Improve employee mobility and working flexibility, in line with office space consolidation

Solution

  • Carried out an extensive lifecycle analysis including strategy, assessment of employee working practices and current IT challenges
  • Presented roadmap to design and implement thin client capability across infrastructure of 11,000 users
  • VMware Horizon solutions implemented, leveraging existing investments and tailored to account for public services network compliance and user access control

Result

  • £560,000 cost savings in technician time from XP migration • £160,000 saving in software rationalisation
  • New VDI to save more than £2m in hardware over next 3 years through zero clients and lower powered machines
  • New levels of mobility, flexibility, security and integration across different departments
  • Software updates and centralised desktop support function would reduce IT support calls by 80%


Date Published: 29th June 2016
Date Modified: 19th March 2019
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