Busy Bees, the UK’s largest childcare nursery provider, has deployed Citrix desktop, application and server virtualisation technology to create a scalable mobile working environment across 230 childcare sites.
Busy Bees worked with Citrix partner Total Computer Networks to define a new IT infrastructure that combined server virtualisation with a virtual desktop for users.
The childcare provider is using Citrix XenApp 6.5 to deliver Windows apps and desktops as a secure mobile service, supported by Citrix XenServer. As a result, Busy Bees has reduced the number of physical servers it requires from 35 to just six, with a consequent saving on space and running costs.
The company has also deployed Citrix NetScaler as a remote access gateway to provide employees secure access to the system from any location.
Paul Creaser, IT manager at Busy Bees, said: “Using XenApp to provide a Windows desktop has been greatly advantageous for us. Everyday tasks like searching for a document become much easier, especially for occasional users like many of our nursery staff. As a result the IT team handles far fewer support issues.”
Busy Bees’ virtual desktop also actively supports flexible working. “People across the business can now log on wherever they are, at whatever time suits them, and enjoy the full familiar desktop experience,” said Creaser.