The Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced a major desktop virtualisation project that will see its aging fleet of 640 group home PCs replaced with thin clients connected to a Citrix backend.
The thin clients will be distributed to eight regions in Victoria, and will run Citrix XenDesktop 4 and Citrix XenApps 5 with support for HDX and ICA standards.
The thin clients will have either a 500MHz CPU with 128MB flash memory, or a 1.5GHz CPU and 2GB Flash memory.
The thin clients will be remotely managed across the DHS’s WAN infrastructure to allow for firmware updates, OS updates and security patching, with “Plug in and go configuration” to allow non technical staff to connect immediately to the DHS’s Citrix environment.
The DHS currently supports Windows 2003 SP2 or SUSE 10 running on VMWare.
According to DHS documents, the project follows departmental objectives aimed at reducing IT support cost and providing sustainable IT services to its users.
The deployment of thin clients is slated to begin 22 June and be up and running by 31 August.