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Binatech reduces yearly IT costs for Brantford Public Library
The Brantford Public Library has been looking for a way to provide a more dynamic method of deploying applications to their Public workstations, while at the same time trying to reduce the support requirements for these workstations.
By: Binatech System Solutions
As the amount of public services being offered grew, the Library also wanted the capability to be able to dynamically update or install new applications. Using Citrix Xen Desktop they are able to now stream a single image to their workstations allowing applications to be installed or removed in minutes instead of hours.
One of the main requirements of the project was that patrons would see no degradation in performance or usability when moving to a thin client.
Citrix Flex-cast and HDX technology was a perfect fit. Due to the array of services offered, the Library made use of the Flex-cast technology to provide terminals with single applications, full desktops, or in some cases full streamed workstations. This allowed them make use of existing PC’s while still maintaining all of the benefits of the virtualized solution. Citrix HDX was also a key factor as it allowed patrons to view the same media rich content over a virtualized solution.
Binatech used VMware VSphere servers to reduce hardware costs and to host the virtual infrastructure. With the consolidation ratio available on VMware the library is able to run their complete infrastructure off 2 hosts and maintain an offline copy for disaster recovery.
Using VMWare Sphere allows for high server consolidation ratio. “In the next year we will be looking into consolidating a number of our systems onto VMware” says Nancy Wolf of Brantford Public Library “This will reduce our hardware maintenance, cooling and power consumption costs as we can now put 6-10 servers on a single piece of server hardware, compared to our current 1 to 1”
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