DCLG Claims 40% Cost Saving from Virtual Desktop Deployment

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is deploying Citrix desktop virtualisation software and other tools in a move that will save £3m a year while boosting efficiency and flexibility for mobile workers.

As part of a move towards a more agile and cost-effective IT infrastructure, DCLG has deployed Citrix NetScaler Gateway, Citrix XenApp and Citrix XenMobile across its estate in an attempt to give employees mobile access to the apps and data they need to work more efficiently.

The deployment has seen the introduction of a virtual desktop application that enables employees to remotely access XenApp desktops from a range of devices.

"We have saved around 40 per cent on our desktop budget. We used to spend around £7m a year providing PC desktops, and we now spend £4m per year on a better service that users prefer," said Darren Scates, CIO and technology leader at the DCLG”.

It also allows DCLG employees to work offline on their personal devices and supports a BYOD policy that the department describes as "the fastest and least-expensive way to provision a new user". According to DCLG, staff have embraced the new technology and the mobile working it supports, increasing user satisfaction.

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