London, 30 October 2012 – University College London (UCL) is set to deploy the full AppSense User Virtualization suite as part of a large-scale desktop transformation project. The migration of its current IT systems will involve the creation of a new Citrix datacentre stack as well as the upgrading of over 5,000 Windows XP physical desktops to Windows 7.
AppSense will initially be used to aid migration of user profiles and data stored within legacy environments, avoiding the complex scripting usually associated with moving users to a new domain. Once migration is complete, AppSense will be used to manage new desktop environments, including application policy and user profiles, for up to 33,000 users across the University.
The project will enable UCL to manage its physical and virtual desktop estate far more effectively, and in future will enable Students to use their personal laptop, Mac, tablet or smartphone to securely access their desktop, applications and data in a seamless environment from wherever they are on or off the UCL campus.
UCL has chosen to deploy AppSense Performance Manager to optimise CPU, memory and storage – ensuring exceptional performance from both legacy hardware and new high density Citrix XenApp environments. AppSense Performance Manager will also ensure UCL’s desktops are protected from destabilisation due to resource-hungry applications. Meanwhile, AppSense Application Manager will be used to lock down and fully manage services and applications within various desktop environments and provide the University’s IT department with granular control without restricting the user.
Steve Atkinson, project desktop architect at UCL, said: “Managing University IT, with tens of thousands of users, effectively requires an enterprise-level approach. We chose AppSense user virtualization as it was the best platform to aid the transformation of existing XP physical desktops to Windows 7 and implementation of a new Citrix environment. AppSense will enable us to easily manage our desktop and application portfolio, while providing our staff and students with a single, personalised user experience wherever they are, and in future from any device to meet ever increasing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) demands.”
Nigel Wilson, corporate and channel sales manager at AppSense, said: “Universities are full of young, highly tech-savvy users who have chosen the hardware they want to use and want to be able to BYOD and use it to access the same desktop and data wherever they are. A student’s application requirements will vary depending on what course they’re on – but tying them down to a certain desktop computer, running a certain suite of applications, simply doesn’t make sense anymore. This new, user-centric system, powered by Citrix and AppSense technologies, will enable students to seamlessly access everything they need from whatever device, and location, they want.”
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AppSense, the people-centric computing company, is a leading provider of user virtualization technology that transforms organizations into productive mobile workforces securely governed by IT. AppSense enables companies to embrace consumerization in the enterprise by independently managing all aspects of the user experience across mobile devices and desktops. Our user virtualization technology reduces IT complexity and improves the deployment, management and migration of multi-platform desktop and mobile environments. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices around the world. For more information visit www.appsense.com.
Alizia Walker/Gearóid Cashman
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Founded in 1826, UCL was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, the first to admit students regardless of race, class, religion or gender, and the first to provide systematic teaching of law, architecture and medicine. We are among the world's top ten universities, as reflected by performance in a range of international rankings and tables. UCL currently has 24,000 students from almost 140 countries, and more than 9,500 employees. Our annual income is over £800 million.
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