Citrix helps Rehab Group, National Learning Network improve student services
Upgrade allows central management of learning material
TechTrade | 06 Jun 2012 :
Award-winning ICT Managed services provider Unity Technology Solutions has announced that Rehab Group and National Learning Network have deployed virtualisation technology from Citrix to help design their delivery systems to provide the highest level of training services to students.
Unity Technology Solutions worked with Rehab Group and its training and education division, National Learning Network, to propose an innovative approach, which addressed not only their requirements but which allowed them to enhance their existing provision of FETAC-accredited courses to students across the country.
Rehab Group expects to rollout Citrix VDI-in-a-Box to all National Learning Network training centres over the coming months, which will ultimately help 5,000 students across 50 National Learning Network centres including those that log on remotely.
Rehab Group, National Learning Network and Unity designed a solution that would enable each of the course instructors in National Learning Network's training centres to provide customised desktops to students based on their individual needs and skills and which is not constrained by the specification of their computer. An important aspect of service delivery includes distance learning and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box facilitates those students who are not in a position to attend training centres regularly.
Citrix VDI-in-a-Box also removes the need for storage area networks or network attached storage boxes in each training centre.
Gary Merrigan, chief information and technology officer, Rehab Group, said: "It is important to us to provide quality services and training to every student who signs on for one of our courses. Prior to Unity Technology Solutions deploying Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, we had to physically update individual computers with the latest software applications and with over 2,500 PC's, this was extremely time-consuming.
"Winning the ICT Excellence award for Best use of Technology in Education and Training was a great achievement for the Rehab Group, National Learning Network and Unity Technology Solutions. The award recognises the integral role technology plays in our education and training and also our commitment to providing the very best services to all our students."
Grace O'Rourke Veitch, Irish country manager, Citrix Systems, said: "Training and education centres are continuously under pressure to ensure they can provide access to the best computing resources while also keeping costs low. Citrix VDI-in-a-Box makes desktop virtualisation easy and affordable for small and medium-size organisations, without sacrificing performance. It can be deployed quickly, to ensure high availability without requiring shared storage."