The University of York

University Deploys 10Zig Thin Clients

  • “Working with Vcentral has been a very successful process in setting up our VDI and thin client service. They have been very helpful, knowledgeable and honest about offering advice about what products best suited us”

    Adrian Young, Head of Digital Workspace Group

The University of York opened in 1963. In less than 50 years, York has become one of the top ten universities in the UK for teaching and research and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.   

University Enhances and Expands its Desktop Delivery

The University is four months into implementing virtualisation technology that is rapidly changing the way they can provide IT Services to its students. The Project has been conducted by a newly created IT Services team within the University, “Digital Workspace Group”. The choice of 10ZiG 5672v Thin Clients and Quest® vWorkspace Desktop Virtualisation software has been welcomed by the University’s senior management and department heads.

After completing VMware ESX Server Virtualisation and Storage Virtualisation, the University of York decided the natural progression was to extend their virtualisation practice to the desktop and implement a robust VDI solution. After much research, Thin Clients were chosen as the preferred endpoint device. The refurbished Harry Fairhurst building, part of the University Library, was chosen as the logical starting point for their VDI proof of concept and implementation. 

They had just chosen to use Quest vWorkspace Desktop Virtualization software when they cited 10ZiG Technology Thin Clients as the terminals of choice. “10ZiG Technology was our Thin Clients of choice based on a mixture of design, form factor and specification, it provided great performance with Quest vWorkspace, has a small form-factor and due to its robust Linux OS has saved us money in licensing costs” said Pritpal Rehal, Sr. Digital Workspace Admin.

The Challenge

To deliver an IT Service that offered increased desktop control, a consistent end user experience and allow for a significant reduction of the University’s carbon foot-print. At the same time it must have minimal impact on the current set up of existing users.

The Solution

10ZiG Technology Thin Clients certified for Quest vWorkspace, implemented with the onsite expertise of consultants Vcentral Limited at the £20m GBP refurbishment of the Harry Fairhurst Building, part of the University Library, University of York.”

The Benefits

 The University is saving money when replacing old PC's with Thin Clients and has improved its desktop delivery speed and management.  In addition the Thin Clients are Energy Star Rated minimizing the Universities Carbon Foot-print.