The Company

South Bromsgrove High School combines academic excellence with an outstanding range of opportunities beyond the classroom and is the UK’s largest school-based center for the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Rebuilt in 2007, SBHS has been designed to provide the best possible learning environment for each of its 1300 pupils. Considerable thought was put into the new school design so that ICT could be used effectively to make the learning environment as interesting and student friendly as possible.

The Challenge

Complete Endpoint Partner

With over 20 years of experience in Thin and Zero client hardware and software solutions for VDI, Daas, SaaS, and Web Apps, 10ZiG provides the expertise and support you need to optimize your remote operations. With 10ZiG, you get a single, reliable partner committed to your success from the first call through ongoing customer support.

Free Management Tool

Our 10ZiG Manager™ is browser-based, cloud-ready, and allows you to deploy and manage all of your endpoints running a 10ZiG OS. The 10ZiG Manager™ is feature-rich, secure, and intuitive, and comes with unlimited user licenses.

Complimentary Repurposing Software

10ZiG RepurpOS™ is our purpose-built Linux OS that sustainably extends the life of, or converts existing PCs, laptops, and third-party thin clients. Devices are transformed into dedicated, managed, secure, and responsive endpoints for VDI, DaaS, SaaS, and Web Apps.

Unparalleled Support

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  • 1300 students and 150 staff members for whom they provision 1200 desktops
  • Needed to provide an ongoing hardware & software IT strategy that was affordable
  • Limited IT budget, having faced recent reduction 
  • Required economical way of providing desktops so that it wouldn’t financially impact learning facilities & environment

SBHS’s IT Team was looking to refresh worn-out PCs which were unable to run the latest operating system (OS). Using the cost of replacing them with new PCs as a target, the school looked to find the most economical way to provide desktops in these classrooms. Not only did the new solution have to provide value for money, it also had to provide scalability and a uniformed user experience throughout. 

Janet Lines, Network Manager for South Bromsgrove High said, “We have around 1300 students and 150 staff here for whom we provision 1200 desktops. Providing an ongoing hardware and software strategy at that level is an expensive undertaking. Due to a sizeable reduction of our IT budget, it was imperative for us to find a more economical way of providing desktops so that it wouldn’t impact on the learning facilities and environment we afford our students. Off the back of visiting the BETT show, we saw 10ZiG Thin Clients being showcased, and really wanted to see if we could utilize them here. Our main interest came from the long lifespan and reliability that Thin Clients could offer us, which would in turn lead to cost savings. Before we could even look at testing them though, we needed either a desktop or application delivery solution in the back end. We trialed XenApp, XenDesktop, and Horizon View, with a target cost-per desktop equal to that of traditional, standalone PCs including hardware, licensing, and installation. After weeks of testing and research, no one could give us a definitive cost-per-desktop and whichever way we worked the figures, they just didn’t fit in with our budget.”

Paul Clifton, Head of ICT, added, “From a curriculum side, the budget cutbacks were a real worry, especially given that we have a Technology College Status to uphold. Without a solution in place, it really was a doomsday scenario where we were facing the real possibility of a drastic reduction in the number of desktops we could provide.” At the eleventh hour, SBHS were pointed in the direction of a new product called Kaviza, Citrix VDI-in-a-Box (VIAB). Within 2-3 days they had a virtual desktop environment up and running within the school and they set about testing it with evaluation Thin Client devices from 10ZiG, NComputing, Dell Wyse, and HP. Following their testing, SBHS decided to go ahead and purchase VIAB as their desktop delivery solution, along with 10ZiG Linux-Based Thin Clients.

The Solution
10ZiG Thin Client Hardware and Management Software

A Partnership Defined by Success

By utilizing VDI-in-a-Box with 10ZiG HDX Linux Thin Clients, SBHS now has a desktop delivery strategy that not only provides them with greater desktop control, but also goes above and beyond their expectations of what they could achieve with their reduced IT budget. Several years into their project and they are still reaping the savings that this solution has brought, without reducing the number of desktops they can provide within the school.

Janet Lines explained the financial impact of the new solution, “Starting in 2011 when we first went live with this project, we projected our IT costs over the next 10 years, comparing Thin Client costs against Fat Client (PC) costs. We found that by utilizing Thin Client technology we will have saved a massive £576,000 by 2020. This figure doesn’t even account for the energy savings we will make as a result of using Thin Clients either. Typically, our PCs use around 60-80 watts of energy compared to the 10ZiG devices which use between 8-12 watts. We believe that we can make this solution affordable and sustainable for the next 20 years.”

Richard Auger, Assistant Head of Faculty Performance and Enterprise at SBHS, gave his insight into the working environment now that the 10ZiG devices have been implemented, “The classrooms with 10ZiG Thin Clients implemented are much quieter than classrooms with traditional PC’s. The same can be said for the heat too, as the 10ZiG devices produce very little compared to the PCs. Both of these factors make for a more comfortable working environment for me and my students and you can certainly notice the difference. This can only be of benefit to the students and ultimately the productivity of my lessons.”

Paul Reizlein highlighted a reduction in support at the desktop, “The 10ZiG units are ready to roll straight out of the box and really don’t require any support once they are in. The students don’t need any training to utilize them either and have made the transition seamlessly without even knowing that they aren’t using a PC. Even better than that, because they are locked down, the students can’t do anything other than what they are meant to. If they try to do anything outside of connect or disconnect it just brings them straight back to the log-in screen.”

“10ZiG helped us break new boundaries into the world of desktop virtualization, helping to seamlessly create a working environment for our students which totally exceeded our expectations. The 10ZiG units are ready to roll straight out of the box and really don’t require any support once they are in. The students don’t need any training to utilize them either and have made the transition seamlessly without even knowing that they aren’t using a PC. 10ZiG not only by provided us with an excellent product, but also are working closely with us in developing exciting new features for the future. I am a firm believer that people make a company, and working with both 10ZiG staff and products has been a very positive experience. Not only would I recommend 10ZiG, I already have done on a number of occasions when we have had visitors.”
Janet Lines
Network Manager, South Bromsgrove High School.

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