Medway Council is deploying Citrix virtualisation technology to enable flexible working for employees and reduce operational and IT costs.
In virtualising its IT estate, Medway Council says it expects to save "upwards of £1 million" over five years. As part of its Agile Working programme, Medway Council is deploying Citrix XenDesktop, with the help of Citrix partner Thintech, to virtualise its desktops.
Moira Bragg, head of ICT at Medway Council, said: “At Medway, we have a programme that is looking for ways to drive efficiency. That includes working more flexibly to reduce the number of properties occupied by staff.”
The savings will be made through centralising hardware procurement and moving desk-based users onto Citrix virtual desktops, accessed via Dell Wyse thin client terminals, enabling staff to move around through "hot desking". Energy consumption will also be reduced by around 24 percent, said the council.
As a result of the virtualisation technology, the Council has also been able to consolidate Children’s Services into a single building from the three it previously required.
Medway’s ICT team has so far migrated 500 out of 2,800 desktops onto the new system. Completing the deployment will take about a year. A virtual telephony solution, to complete the project, is also on the "transformation list", said Bragg.