The Public Centre for Social Welfare (PCSW) in Eupen (Belgium) has been pursuing a consistent strategy of desktop virtualisation of all its workstations for several years. Now, they rely on the UDS Enterprise connection broker as the basis for the entire desktop virtualization of their employees. “We conducted a proof of concept with UDS Enterprise Free Edition that met our expectations for VDI. We checked that it could be used as a fully-fledged and futureoriented replacement for the old desktop virtualization in our infrastructure and mainly with IGEL thin clients”, explained the representative of the ICT Service of PCSW.
The solution they had been using for several years was discontinued and they were looking “for a comparable and Open Source based replacement”, said the Customer. They were already working with UDS Enterprise trusted partner C2D System House, using their network-wide infrastructure, so they suggested to rely on this connection broker. “When they confirmed they could integrate UDS Enterprise into the existing infrastructure in order to limit investments and avoid an interruption of network services, they were quick to make the decision”, stated Stany Wyrzykowski, Managing Director at C2D System House.
The ICT Service of this organization clearly see the advantages of VDI. “All departments of the administration of the PCSW and its facilities, such as the residential and care center for senior citizens Sankt Joseph, use desktop virtualization because the overall strategy is to centralize data as securely as possible and at the same time make location-independent and standardized working environments available”, commented the Customer.
Although the PCSW relies on Open Source and free software systems for its network and server architecture, only Microsoft Windows is virtualized as operating system on the workstations due to its quasi standard. So far, no applications have been virtualized, “but considerations are already underway, since UDS Enterprise also supports application virtualization and we could integrate the necessary apps in the same VDI environment”, added the ICT Service representative.
C2D System House experts adviced them on the most appropiate components for their desktop virtualization infrastructure. “We have been deploying Open Source virtualization environments in our datacenter and on premise for our client for several years. The infrastructure chosen by our CTO Nicolas Michaux is to use XCP-ng, Xen Orchestra and now we’ve added UDS Enterprise, since it allows us to offer a complete Open Source VDI stack”, concluded Mr Wyrzykowski.
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