Sometimes, bandwidth constraints at local branches rule out a centralized VDI deployment. This was the case for The Rehab Group – Ireland’s largest non-govenmental training organization servicing over 50,000 people each year in Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland, the Netherlands and Poland.
The Rehab Group wanted to provide its students a better learning experience – including what they call “blended learning”, which is a mix of distance and in-classroom learning. Like many other educational institutions, they were under continuous pressure to do more with less – so they were looking for ways to eliminate expensive PC refresh cycles and streamline desktop management.
Desktop virtualization would solve both these issues – they could provide students with the ability to access courseware anytime, from anywhere, on any device, and enable The Rehab Group to deliver the latest courseware at the training centers using old PCs. But, local bandwidth constraints meant that the proposed solution needed to be self-contained in each training center, while being cost-effective and allowing for centralized management.
The Rehab Group chose Citrix VDI-in-a-Box – deployed across their 50 training centers. Since VDI-in-a-Box runs on inexpensive off-the-shelf servers, The Rehab Group has a grid of servers at each training center to serve that student population. The Rehab Group runs over 100 applications on the desktops including graphics applications such as AutoCAD and Autodesk - students enjoy a rich, consistent user experience with Citrix HDX without being impacted by the bandwidth constraints. IT remotely manages the training centers without having to physically be present at each site. Since the management happens out-of-band, the bandwidth constraints are not of any impact.
The Rehab Group won the ICT Excellence 2012 award for the Best Use of Technology in Education and Training – congratulations to The Rehab Group, and Unity Technologies, the Citrix partner on this project!
To learn more about The Rehab Group use case, watch this video.