As a large and well established company that operates over many existing locations, Jos Alukkas faced a growing number of IT challenges. In particular, the existing desktop PC hardware was proving to be a drain on resources due to product reliability and management issues.
Furthermore, to support the company’s ongoing showroom expansion plans, Jos Alukkas also recognised the need for a reliable and class-leading I.T. infrastructure that not only made economic sense, but was scalable, offered centralised and remote management as well as excellent security.
The solution and benefits
In order to provide the reliable, manageable IT infrastructure, Jos Alukkas needed to find the right hardware solution that complemented its existing Unix environment, featuring Powerterm.After conducting a series of tests on competitor thin client devices, Jos Alukkas choose the VXL ‘Itona’ range of desktop thin clients, in particular, TC3831, 3931 and 4331 models. These space-saving thin client devices feature a fan-less design with no moving parts for an extremely reliable operation. In addition, as no local configuration is required, this also minimises maintenance work and ensures further cost savings.
Importantly, the switch to VXL thin clients as opposed to traditional PC desktops also had a beneficial effect on the company’s annual IT capital expenditure and due to thin client’s lower power consumption, also ensured greater electricity savings.
“In the end, there were many key factors as to why we decided on VXL” said Jos Alukkas’s IT Manager, PP Jeejo, “The outstanding performance and suitability of the thin clients was very important, but it was also VXL’s ability to recommend the right solutions and products for our business requirements that won the day” he added.
Jos Alukkas has to date deployed 160 VXL desktop thin clients across 20 of its nationwide showrooms and the company’s technology refresh strategy is to eventually replace all personal computer based work stations, with VXL thin client desktop devices as the business fulfils its growth plans.