HP customer case study: Rosny-sous-Bois town hall and the towns schools introduce HP Thin ClientsIndustry: Public Sector R...
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Rosny-sous-Bois installs HP Thin Clients in its administration buildings and schools

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When your IT support team is made up of just three
people, what do you do to ensure consistent
management of a fleet of computers that is growing
all the time? And within a town hall where the
computer network is poorly utilised and where the
town council hopes to pursue the use of industry-specific-applications?

This is the situation that Marc Cohen, head of computer services at the town hall in Rosny-sous-Bois, was faced with when he arrived. In no time he decided to utilise a centralised virtualisation system from Citrix based on servers linked to HP Thin Clients.

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Rosny-sous-Bois installs HP Thin Clients in its administration buildings and schools

  1. 1. HP customer case study: Rosny-sous-Bois town hall and the towns schools introduce HP Thin ClientsIndustry: Public Sector Rosny-sous-Bois installs HP Thin Clients in its administration buildings and schools “In terms of the environment, which is something very close to the towns heart, HP Thin Clients consume considerably less energy than PCs: 30 watts compared to 200 watts, which has drastically reduced our electricity bills,” Marc Cohen, head of Computer Services, Rosny-sous-Bois Objective: In the year 2000, the town hall in Rosny-sous- Bois decided to modernise its computer architecture. Its aim was to replace all the PCs with HP Thin Clients. Approach: • The town hall at Rosny-sous-Bois called upon HP to standardise its computer architecture both for its internal needs and for its schools. • HP t5730 Thin Clients communicate with the HP ProLiant servers to ensure service, equipment quality and ease of IT support. IT improvements: • 600 per cent reduction in workstations’ electrical consumption thanks to HP Thin Clients. • Ease of deployment. In the year 2000, the town hall at Rosny-sous-Bois decided to modernise its computer architecture. Its • Ease of administration. decision relied on the gradual implementation of HP • Lightweight equipment. Thin Clients as new equipment was bought to replace the old. Today, it has clearly been a success. Business benefits: There are more than 250 terminals distributed across • Virtualisation has resulted in a cost saving of the 20 communal buildings, with more than 100 €150,000 per year. installed in schools. • Standardisation of computer support. When your IT support team is made up of just three • Economical to purchase. people, what do you do to ensure consistent • Performance and flexibility. management of a fleet of computers that is growing all the time? And within a town hall where the • Modernisation of the towns computer system. computer network is poorly utilised and where the town council hopes to pursue the use of industry- specific applications? This is the situation that Marc Cohen, head of computer services at the town hall in Rosny-sous-Bois, was faced with when he arrived. In no time he decided to utilise a centralised virtualisation system from Citrix based on servers linked to HP Thin Clients. After an initial test that proved the technical side of things would work, HP was selected to provide the equipment.
  2. 2. Customer Marc Cohens initial analysis proved the reliability, they had to be returned to the town hall for reasons service, quality and ease of configuration of HP of costs and equipment becoming obsolete. For Marcsolution at products. Today, there is a fleet of 30 physical HP Cohen, it is very simple: “if we want the schools toa glance: ProLiant DL380G5p servers managing all the have the same tools and the same internet access applications for the municipal services, apart from with a minimum of IT support and security, we needPrimary hardware• 100 x HP t5730w Thin Clients the design office (which has workstations and an HP to apply the same principles as those in force at the and 150 x HP Neoware Thin server). Many of the fleet servers are connected to town hall.” As a result, each of the seven school Clients at the town hall 250 HP Thin Clients distributed across 20 communal groups in Rosny-sous-Bois now has a dedicated• 100 x HP t5730w Thin Clients in buildings by means of an Ethernet network. There are computer room with an HP ProLiant DL120 G5 server the schools more than 50 industry-specific applications, plus linked to an Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) with• 30 x ProLiant DL380 G5p servers administration functions, which are now accessible 15 HP t5730 terminals.Primary software from any workstation. Each server is installed with the HP Image Manager• HP Image Manager Financial and technical benefits application, which allows each workstation to be “Thanks to this solution, which involved ‘virtualising’ displayed virtually. As soon as it is switched on, it the workstations, we were able to first estimate then goes to the server to find its personalised achieve a saving of €150,000 per year compared to configuration, which cannot be changed. If there are installing 300 PCs, a third of which would have to be problems, the terminal merely needs to be rebooted renewed every year,” explains Marc Cohen, “not to restore it to full working order. These updates are forgetting that an HP Thin Client was and remains carried out remotely on the dedicated classroom much more affordable than a PC. What is more, the servers from an administration console managed by HP terminals are extremely flexible, with simple, the IT team. customisable updates using excellent administration There are now more than 100 Thin Clients installed tools.” As soon as they connect, all users can access in the schools, and no physical intervention is a user-friendly Windows environment and required. Because of the savings made, the number applications as a function of their access of Thin Clients can be gradually increased in the permissions. The result is that IT support for the thin computer rooms from 18 to 20 terminals, not to clients is considerably reduced and adding an mention the increasingly high-performance industry-specific application is merely a question of peripherals. There is also a central filtering updating the fleet of servers. solution which prevents the children accessing Marc Cohen emphasises that “we can also take banned sites. control of a workstation remotely in conjunction with Working towards a web-oriented environment the user if they have a problem with an application, In 2010, Marc Cohen, who now heads a team of six, or close the terminal if they are not there, all from our will be carrying out a comprehensive migration of the administration console. Finally, in terms of the technical architecture. The users of the HP Thin environment, which is something very close to the Clients at the town hall will use an intranet and a towns heart, Thin Clients consume considerably less web interface to open ‘applets’ corresponding to the energy than PCs: 30 W compared to 200 W, which industry-specific applications. The HTML environment has drastically reduced the electricity bills.” will considerably simplify the use of the computer Thin Clients for schools system. Not only that, but some of the physical HP As the use of HP terminals at the town hall was a servers in the computer room will themselves be success, the idea came about of deploying them in virtualised in order to increase their processing schools. This made sense as the public office was capacities without the need for a user interface and responsible for IT support for the existing PCs and the additional electrical energy.To learn more, visit www.hp.com© 2010 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to changewithout notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statementsaccompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additionalwarranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.4AA1-6808EEW, January 2010

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