September 9, 2008
School Systems Across the U.S. Go Back to School With Wyse Technology Thin Clients
SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Across the United States -- in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire and dozens of other states -- school and universities are reaping the benefits of thin desktops from Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing. Thin computing allows CIOs and senior IT professionals at schools and businesses to reduce costs, manage risk, and deliver access to information. To achieve this objective, Wyse partners closely with industry leaders such as Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, and others.
In an era of tightened education budgets, more complex IT challenges, and rising energy costs, thin computing has emerged as an extremely popular and successful solution for schools across the country. So much so that Brian Seaman, the network administrator at Western Wayne, PA, had this to say about Wyse thin clients. "I believe that what we are deploying today is the future of education computing. For any school or university that's wondered whether thin clients can make their IT arm a more efficient department -- all while saving time, money and energy costs -- the answer is a resounding 'yes.'"
Administration: The dirty little secret about today's IT departments is how much time they have to spend maintaining their systems, as much as 80 percent in some cases. When you consider that maintenance is particularly difficult in school environments where multiple users share devices and applications, the school IT administrator is in an unenviable position.
"Because of our Wyse thin client implementation, we now have a single individual overseeing more than 500 thin client computers," said Yevgeniy Sklyar, Infrastructure Manager at Danbury Public Schools in Danbury, CT "For a company that had gotten used to a ratio of 1 IT administrator for 100 PCs, this is a dream come true. Almost all of the time our people used to spend replacing and fixing PCs has gone away and we are able to be pro-active about our computing needs rather than putting out PC fires."
Energy Savings: With energy costs skyrocketing across the country, school IT departments are being re-examined through the lens of energy consumption. Thin clients typically use 90 percent less energy each year than PCs. In Kansas City, MO, school officials at Rockhurst University are getting rid of many of their traditional desktops and opting for Wyse thin clients. Among other benefits, Rockhurst expects to save an estimated $10,000 per year on energy costs alone.
"I get to work with computers that cost less, have little to no maintenance, have centrally administered policies, and save the school money on energy," said Michael Stanclift, network analyst at Rockhurst. "All the while the students can't tell the difference from old-fashioned personal computers. Making the decision to use Wyse thin clients was a no-brainer."
Total Cost of Ownership: The average annual maintenance costs for a PC are four to seven times the acquisition costs. Factor in that the lifespan of these PCs is only 2-3 years and you have a dysfunctional system. Not so with thin clients. On average, thin clients can save more than $1000 per seat per year in maintenance costs, a significant savings for education institutions who are traditionally working within tight budgetary constraints. Thin clients also last 5 to 7 years, so the trauma of PC replacement goes away.
"We are just finishing up deploying Wyse V10L thin clients to all of the K-5 schools in the district," said Lester S. Stoltzfus, Director of Technology at Lampeter-Strasburg School District in Lampeter, PA. "Having been in the technology world for 35+ years, I'm fully aware of what thin client computing can bring to the table, saving the school district time, money and energy. When it came time to choosing our technology partner, Wyse offered the best product at the best price, and was the only company that could deliver the multimedia capabilities that our students and teachers require.""For us it was a no-brainer," added Adam Steel, Director of Technology at Pelham School District in Pelham, New Hampshire. "Through the introduction of Wyse thin clients we will cut our end-user IT costs by at least 50% over ten years. And that doesn't even account for the significant reduction in energy savings that we are already seeing."
As shrinking budgets face off against escalating demand for more advanced technologies, strained IT staffs are finding more reliable, less costly solutions in thin client computing.
"As schools across the country welcome their students back, thin client solutions from Wyse are helping to ease the squeeze being put on school IT staffs," said Jeff McNaught, Chief Marketing Officer for Wyse Technology. "With Wyse thin clients, students receive the same experience as with a desktop PC. The experience with IT departments are significantly different, however, as they see security and administration headaches go away. Unlike 'low-end' approaches, we don't share a single PC operating system between many users, which can cause issues with application support and software licensing with the OS manufacturer and application vendors."
More information on Wyse Technology in the education sector can be found at http://www.wyse.com/solutions/education/
About Wyse Technology
Wyse Technology is the global leader in thin computing. Wyse and its partners deliver the hardware, infrastructure software, and services that comprise thin computing, allowing people to access the information they need using the applications they want, but with better security, manageability, and at a much lower total cost of ownership than a PC. Thin computing allows CIOs and senior IT professionals to reduce costs, manage risk, and deliver access to information. Wyse partners closely with industry leaders Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, and others to achieve this objective. Wyse is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices worldwide.
For more information, visit the Wyse Web site at http://www.wyse.com/ or call 1-800-GET-WYSE.
CONTACT: Tim Smith of Element Public Relations, +1-415-350-3019,[email protected], for Wyse Technology
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