Virtualized workspace savings applied to educational software and cloud services
Sunnyvale, Calif. & LONDON, UK - Sept. 14, 2016 - Kennet School reduced the amount of money it spends on desktop PCs by 30 percent and saved £40,000 with the Atlantis USX solution provided by Atlantis Computing. The 200 new virtual desktops are the first phase of a virtualized computing solution designed for 1,800 pupils and 200 staff members at the academy secondary school in West Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Kennet School had allocated more than two thirds of its IT budget for desktop PCs to meet the performance and capacity demands of its learning applications. With a virtualized VMware server environment already in place, the school wanted to virtualize its desktops and storage, but the cost of VMware's virtualized storage area network (vSAN) was prohibitively high. The project was in severe jeopardy until the school's IT partner, 4way Solutions, recommended a hybrid SDS solution combining VMware Horizon View with Atlantis USX.
"Without Atlantis Computing I don't think we would have been able to move to a virtualized desktop environment at all," said James Henderson, network administrator at Kennet School. "The cost of the alternative storage option was £40,000 more than Atlantis for the first 200 desktops alone and was simply too expensive for the school."
The Atlantis solution significantly accelerates performance. During proof of concept tests, the system developed by 4way Solutions recorded 124x faster IOPS performance than existing desktops. Log-on times dramatically reduced from 80 seconds on traditional desktops to 25 seconds on the new virtual PC environment.
Chris Plant, Atlantis Computing EMEA vice president, said, "PC performance and scalability are critical to the delivery of effective teaching and learning programs. It's great to see that the Atlantis USX virtual workspace solution serves such an instrumental role in making this happen for Kennet School."
The new solution also provides increased flexibility. If the school requires additional capacity for more virtual desktops, it requests an additional node for its existing platform rather than buying dedicated storage. Atlantis USX's advanced de-duplication facilities have responded to the growing storage quota for users, which has doubled from 4GB to 8GB to accommodate the increasing needs of graphics-based packages, video and music applications. Looking ahead, each additional virtualized desktop will cost Kennet School £284 vs. up to £800 for a replacement desktop PC. "Rather than 70 percent, we now only need to allocate 40 percent of our IT budget to rolling out virtualized desktops, which enables us to divert nearly a third of our IT funding to new educational software and cloud services, helping us to deliver the best IT experiences that we possibly can for pupils and staff," Henderson said.
About Atlantis Computing
Atlantis Computing, winner of the Best of VMworld and Best of Citrix Synergy awards, offers the industry's most simple and agile virtual workspace platform. Atlantis delivers high performance, a dynamic user experience and low costs that are missing from traditional infrastructures. Atlantis provides the flexibility to optimize and extend the existing capacity of any mix of hardware, local and shared storage, or to transition to more efficient hyperconverged and public cloud storage. The Atlantis solutions effectively reduce costs by lowering data center infrastructure requirements, simplifying management, and eliminating the need to buy shared storage again. To date, Atlantis has deployed over 120 petabytes of storage for more than 800 customers, servicing 7 of the top 10 global banks, and over 1 million virtual workspaces including the largest virtualization deployments in the world. Atlantis is privately held and funded by Adams Street Partners, Cisco Systems, El Dorado Ventures and Parch Ventures, with headquarters in Mountain View, California and offices in Europe.
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