Notting Hill Housing has rolled out a virtual desktop system in a bid to save costs and cut energy consumption.
The housing association has implemented a system, based on VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, for 100 of its 550 PCs. For each of its virtualised machines, it expects to make savings of £500 in support costs and hardware costs over the next five years.
The cost of each virtualised desktop was approximately £50 higher than the group would have spent on a regular PC, the association said, but the savings longer term outweighed this. The association worked with Plan-Net, an IT services company, to implement the technology, and uses desktop connection broker software from Leostream as well as Wyse thin client servers.
Notting Hill Housing, which manages 19,000 homes for 50,000 people, has also saved space and operated a greener setup due to the lower number of machines, it said. The Wyse thin client servers only use around 6 percent of the power that would have been consumed by keeping the PCs, it said.
Andy Paynton, head of ICT at Notting Hill Housing, said the cost savings and green benefits were important to the project. “Add to this the ease with which support staff can provide upgrades, fix issues and improve usability and the operational benefits are clear,” he said.
Notting Hill Housing also uses business process management and collaboration software from CTSpace and Microsoft Windows XP software on its PCs.