Background Aims and objectives Options Realism and Implementation Outcomes and Benefits
3 year trends at Pembrokeshire College IT staff resources Demand for cross curricular IT resources
Identify where the following could achieved: Simpler and more efficient management of IT resources Deployment of more computers with same or less IT staff resources Whilst ensuring that: Service levels are not adversely affected Staff and student experience is not compromised
Over 25% of Support Calls to the IT Helpdesk related to a hardware or software problem on a student computer. Which meant The chosen solution should not only reduce the time spent fixing these problems but also help reduce the number of these problems.
The installation of a new IT class room takes 1 member of staff a whole day (20 PC’s) and that Re-imaging this classroom takes ½ day so The solution should reduce both of the above times
Do student computers get used to their full potential? Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Internet access is all we offer in the IT Drop-In areas None are resource hungry applications Is there a way of maximising the benefits of the physical resources?
Pembrokeshire College has an existing Virtual Server environment Simplified server management Reduced deployment time for new servers Maximising physical resources Can we apply the same principle to student computers?
YES Thin Clients / terminals in classroom Virtual Desktops on server
Value for money Reduced purchase & maintenance costs Resilience If a host fails then virtual servers are migrated to another host Green computing Fewer devices = less power
Which server technology to use? Which thin client terminals should be used and how many? Where should the thin clients be deployed?
VMware Existing Virtual Server environment Easily expandable solution Minimum professional development needed
Wyse Technology Global leader in thin client computing VMware compatible Ease of deployment
Areas with no specialist software requirements Learning Resource Centre Key skills classrooms Staff offices
Key objectives Single sign on Same look and feel for the user Integration with existing management applications
Successful Student comments “unaware that the thin client was any different from any other computer” No issues
Project achievements to date Low levels of maintenance Zero hardware problems Energy saving Learning Resource Centre is a much quieter place
Energy saving Thin clients = 73% power saving Less power = less heat = less cooling Many computers can be replaced by 1 server Intelligent servers shutdown when not required
4 tons of CO2 are eliminated for every server that is virtualised equivalent to taking 1.5 cars off the roads 60 thin clients give similar savings when compared to conventional PC’s