One of the largest further and higher education colleges in the UK adopts user workspace management technology from RES Software to drive its strategic desktop transformation project
Basingstoke, UK – 28th July 2010 — RES Software today announced that Warwickshire College has selected RES Software’s workspace management solution, to manage the deployment of the college’s new desktop virtualisation environment, based on VMware View 4.5, and its migration to Microsoft Windows 7. The project, which will cover over 3,500 desktops located across 6 campuses, will enable the college to upgrade its desktop environment while significantly reducing the cost of ownership of its desktop estate.
The first phase of the desktop transformation project will see the deployment of the new environment to 650 thin clients in the college’s new state-of-the-art Rugby campus, which opened in July. A further 2,900 desktops across the college’s remaining campuses will be migrated to the new platforms in 2011 with RES Software.
RES Software is being used by Warwickshire College to simplify the process of moving critical settings and security policies to the new desktop environments. It will also provide a single point of control over the college’s entire PC and thin client estate, automating many of the essential administrative tasks involved in the ongoing maintenance and support of its desktop computing resources. In addition, RES Software enables the college to take a structured approach to migrating desktops from Windows XP to Windows 7, and will enable the new platform to be made available to users in faster time.
Paul Maddock, IT Director at Warwickshire College, said, “The catalyst for reviewing our desktop strategy was the rebuilding of our Rugby campus. It gave us the opportunity to rethink how we could modernise our computing resources. We decided to adopt desktop virtualisation for a number of reasons, but primarily we wanted to reduce the cost of managing and supporting our desktop estate and the hundreds of applications used by our students and staff. At the same time, we wanted to upgrade our Windows environment to take advantage of the new capabilities provided in Windows 7 and give our students enhanced access to applications and services.”
He continued, “In order to transform our desktop environment and get the most from our investments, we needed a solution that could ensure that the personalisation of the new environments could be easily composed and maintained. We also wanted to have the ability to have one view over both our virtual and physical desktops. RES Software was recommended to us by VMware and after our initial proof of concept, we found it to be a thoroughbred product, and we were blown away by the granular level of control it provides around the management of large desktop estates such as ours. It was a must-have solution for us and will accelerate our desktop transformation plans in a structured and protected way. By using RES Software we can centralise the management of our entire desktop environment and simplify how we provision computing resources across the college.”
Warwickshire College has been able to overcome the challenges associated with applications that would otherwise be unsuitable for virtualisation. As some of the students at the College use applications with heavy processing requirements such as CAD, the college is using RES Virtual Desktop Extender (VDX) to ‘reverse publish’ those applications installed on the physical desktop back to the virtual desktop environment. This ensures there is no degradation of performance for the user even when using extremely resource-hungry applications, and the IT team retains central control over the entire user environment.
Ronnie Khan, UK Country Manager for RES Software, commented, “The implementation at Warwickshire College demonstrates the value of using user workspace management in a desktop virtualisation environment and to manage a major platform change. Enabling centralised management and ensuring that machines are well orchestrated, controlled and automated, irrespective of whether the machine is a physical desktop, virtual machine or thin client, can help organisations and their users reap the benefits of their new investments in a faster time.”
User workspace management is a critical component of any desktop transformation project, from the deployment of virtual desktops or new desktop hardware through to full OS migrations such as a move to Microsoft Windows 7. RES Software separates a user’s desktop from the underlying operating system to create a dynamic user workspace. This can be applied to any new desktop environment, ensuring that personal profiles and settings remain in place even though the underlying infrastructure has changed. RES Virtual Desktop Extender (VDX) offers the unique capability to merge local physical resources with a virtual desktop image and create a single end user workspace. This approach means that applications or devices such as CD-ROM units on the physical desktop can run natively, enhancing the end-user experience as well as increasing the reach of desktop virtualisation technologies.
About RES Software
RES Software, the proven leader in user workspace management, is driving a transformation in the way organisations manage and reduce the cost of their PC populations. The company empowers customers, from SMBs to global enterprises, to manage an increasingly complex desktop ecosystem and meet the essential needs of a dynamic workforce that requires on-demand access to their personalised workspaces. Designed for physical or virtual desktop platforms, RES Software’s award-winning, patented technology enables IT professionals to address this shift by managing, automating and delivering secure, personalised and more productive desktop experiences to any user. For more information, follow updates on Twitter @RESSoftware and visit www.ressoftware.com.
About Warwickshire College
Warwickshire College one of the UK's largest general further and higher education colleges, providing high quality education and training for individuals and organisations at a local, regional and national level. In August 2007 they successfully managed a merger with Pershore College, the third merger in 13 years. Warwickshire is a progressive college with economic well being and educational excellence at the heart of all activities. The facilities are excellent and the highly professional and dedicated staff provide a safe and supportive environment. Warwickshire is committed to serving the wider community by developing equality of opportunity and providing opportunities for everyone to achieve their full potential. For more information visit www.warwickshire.ac.uk
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