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Citrix goes back to school

On Wednesday, Citrix Systems announced that Silicon Valley’s Campbell Union High School District has deployed Citrix® XenDesktop™ with HDX™ technology for more than 8,000 students and faculty beginning with the 2009-2010 school year. The district is expected to save an estimated $250,000 annually, and that number should grow with additional savings expected as their desktop virtualization project continues to expand.

Campbell Union High School District first explored desktop virtualization as a way to help bring down skyrocketing hardware and IT management costs of serving over 7,600 students across seven campuses. In addition to personal PCs for staff members and student laptops in each classroom, each campus also provides multiple computer labs for instruction and student use. Desktop virtualization dramatically simplifies this process, allowing IT to manage all desktops from a central location while delivering a rich, personalized experience to each user, regardless of their location or the device they are using.

“This model is so much simpler. I just push a button centrally, and it’s done,” said Charles Kanavel, director of technology for Campbell Union High School District. “That simplicity leads directly to cost savings. Using Citrix XenDesktop, our savings on this year’s replacement cycle is $250,000. That includes the infrastructure and all the pieces behind the desktop that make it all work. But that’s just the beginning of the realized savings – we’re extending the lifecycles of our computers and can now effectively turn any old machine into a low-cost thin client. And because of Citrix’s HDX technology, we’re able to do all this while giving students a rich, high-definition experience, even with older PCs and laptops.”

Desktop virtualization with Citrix XenDesktop gives Campbell Union the ability to manage all desktops centrally in the datacenter. Applications are installed, upgraded and patched once, then securely delivered over the network to any device, including PCs, Macs, laptops, netbooks and thin clients.

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