Children’s charity Action for Children is deploying mobile workspace technology from Citrix to deliver flexible and secure working for 6,000 staff.
The deployment will support flexible and mobile working across 400 UK sites, with the technology being rolled out by Citrix partner Kelway. The systems include Citrix XenDesktop, XenMobile and Netscaler, to support desktop virtualisation, mobile apps and device management, enterprise file sharing, WAN optimisation and secure access.
The virtual desktop deployment will deliver apps and data as a secure on-demand service to 3,000 thin client devices, whilst XenMobile mobile app and device management will offer enterprise mobility for up to 1,500 tablet users.
Citrix NetScaler will optimise, secure and control access to services over any network, including low bandwidth, high latency environments. Workers will have the ability to work effectively from any device, anywhere. This is especially important for the charity’s field staff - social and care workers for instance - who will no longer need to return to the office to connect to the network to file reports.
Alan Crawford, director of information systems at Action for Children, saidL “From an IT perspective, Action for Children was at a crossroads. Faced with a need to migrate from Windows XP and a highly mobile, disparate workforce, we took the opportunity to re-evaluate our employees’ IT needs.”
He said: “Ultimately, we wanted to give our workers the flexibility to work with any device, anywhere, whilst ensuring that apps and data were stored in a secure, central location."
Action for Children is running an initial pilot from this month, before deploying Citrix technology across the organisation over the next 12 months. The Citrix roll-out will also support a migration from Windows XP.
Last year, Action for Children selected Rackspace to create a hybrid-cloud environment to help with spikes in demand for its front-end applications, and to reduce complexity with future website migrations.