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Gaston County Cost-Savings and Performance

SC-T25 Thin Clients Optimized for Citrix

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Gaston County, North Carolina is comprised of fifteen incorporated towns and several unincorporated communities, with a total population of 206,086 according to the 2010 census. The county has been governed by the Council-Manager system, located in the city of Gastonia, for over 60 years. The IT Department is responsible for technology oversight of all government offices and agencies.

Descripción general

Problem: Replace problematic Windows-embedded clients with reliable, cost-effective alternative for Citrix environment.

Solution: ViewSonic® SC-T25 Raspberry Pi 3 thin clients offered performance, management ease and reliability at a cost-saving price point.

Resultado:

  • El carrito móvil ofrecía flexibilidad para médicos en departamentos de salud, con conectividad WiFi confiable, excelente rendimiento de la estación de trabajo y menor tiempo para el acceso e inicio de sesión, a una fracción del costo de la solución anterior.
  • Performance has exceeded all expectations, with the SC-T25 outperforming any other device they’ve used in the past.
  • Easy, drag-and-drop management console has eliminated management challenges.
  • La rapidez en la implementación y la facilidad en la gestión continua ahorran tiempo al condado y recursos de personal.

[The SC-T25 thin clients] outperformed anything we’ve tried in the past, from physical fat clients to thin clients, even elite powered workstations.

Fred Hinson, Gaston County Systems Administrator

Problema

Gaston County Systems Administrator Fred Hinson was on the lookout for an economical client for their Citrix environment to help cut costs and address performance and management challenges posed by their existing Windows-embedded clients. His most pressing need was for a health department clinic, where costly convertible tablets provided sought-after mobility but were impacting productivity with frequent lost WiFi connections. In other government offices, the current Windows-embedded clients were proving difficult and time-consuming to manage.

Solución

After discovering ViewSonic® SC-T25 Raspberry Pi 3 Thin Clients at Citrix Synergy-Las Vegas in May 2016, Hinson immediately knew he wanted to try them out. With a powerful Broadcom® BCM2837 quad core ARM Cortex CPU and Stratodesk® NoTouch® OS, the Citrix® HDX™ optimized clients were exactly the high-performance, cost-effective solution he was looking for.

“Me llevó unos ocho meses convencer a la gente de administración sobre su potencial y comprar algunas como prueba y demostración” dijo Hinson. "No es necesaria ni que lo diga, pero desde que las compramos, están impresionados".

Hinson was impressed as well, and his team quickly purchased more than 20 thin clients for deployment in the health clinic and the county’s main social services site. Since this initial deployment, the IT department has purchased and deployed 30 more in offices throughout the county.

Resultado

The initial Health department deployment has been a resounding success. The new SC-T25 Thin Clients mounted on wheeled carts maintain practitioner mobility, while eliminating the several problems presented by the convertible tablets and conventional PCs.

“The nurses love not having to carry around a cumbersome convertible laptop,” said Hinson. “The SC-T25 thin clients really helped decrease access and login times – and thankfully the dropped connections issue is a thing of the past.”
The performance delivered by the SC-T25 in every deployment location, he said, has been beyond their expectations.

“Supera todo lo que hemos probado en el pasado, desde clientes pesados a clientes ligeros, incluso estaciones de trabajo selectas”, dijo Hinson. "Estos dispositivos han sido realmente excepcionales, funcionan de forma inalámbrica sin inconvenientes. Estoy muy impresionado con el rendimiento".

Plus, said Hinson, the savings have also been tremendous. “Our convertible laptop devices were about $1400 each, with the SC-T25 Raspberry Pi 3 thin clients on wheeled carts the practitioners can have a workstation at their desks and leverage wireless where needed for a fraction of the cost.”

Una vez implementado, los beneficios son aún mayores, ya que las funciones de gestión de Stratodesk se destacan sobre cualquier otra plataforma de gestión de clientes que Hinson haya probado. Hinson indicó que no había comparación con los clientes integrados en Windows más recientes, que eran una pesadilla en su gestión, ya que requería la configuración y el mantenimiento de un servidor de gestión diferente y recursos de conocimientos adicionales. Además, dijo, incluso después de tomar esas medidas, era muy difícil controlar la gestión del dispositivo.

“Stratodesk truly lives up to their ‘NoTouch’ name,” said Hinson. “It’s an easy drag-and-drop interface and it has been an absolute best-in-class product as far as we are concerned.”

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