Windsor USD Deploys Wyse Thin Clients

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3/20/2007—Following a pilot project that began in 2006, Windsor Unified School District (WUSD) in California will convert to Wyse thin clients across its enterprise over the next two to three years.

In initiating the thin-client pilot program, the district was looking to cut IT costs and beef up security.

Said Heather Carver, director of technology and information services for WUSD, "We just couldn't keep throwing money at the problem. We had to figure out a way of reigning in costs while still being able to deliver a robust computing environment. We were looking at a tight IT budget [and] legacy PC and Macintosh technology when we began implementing Wyse thin clients. We now have a secure and centrally managed computing environment, making the most of our limited resources."

WUSD will use Wyse thin-client desktops running SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop from Novell, as well as Citrix Presentation Server, running on a fiber network. According to Wyse, the project will allow the district to reduce its hardware costs by 75 percent and software costs by nearly 95 percent. Energy costs, according to Wyse, will also decrease by 25 percent.

WUSD serves 5,200 students across seven schools and employs 250 teachers and staff.

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