Westwind Air Bearings Case Study

Requirement: Citrix XenApp

Westwind Air Bearings needed a solution that would allow its users to access all essential business applications via one desktop, no matter their location.

The Client

Westwind Air Bearings design and manufacture air bearing spindles for PCB, automotive, semiconductor and many other markets where performance needs are outside the scope of conventional bearing technology. Westwind Air Bearings is part of Novanta Inc - a global company whose manufacturing facilities and offices stretch from California to Tokyo.

Westwind Air Bearings was working from three sites across a Trading Park. The Management Team had decided to rationalise the company’s operating costs by consolidating these into one central site, which presented Westwind Air Bearings with an opportunity to reassess its approach to delivering IT to its users, as well as reducing its carbon footprint effectively.

Technical Solution

GCI was selected to deliver a streamlined and efficient IT infrastructure. Following a highly-successful Citrix XenApp pilot study to evaluate the potential benefits and savings of the technology, a full XenApp server farm was implemented, delivering a published desktop to the user base. Westwind Air Bearings’s users access all critical business applications - including Exchange, file shares and their line of business applications - via the XenApp desktop. The use of Citrix technology enables users to access the information they require from any location, increasing productivity and saving the company time and money. The implementation of the Citrix server farm also had a positive effect on the environment; through the use of thin clients - which use far less power in comparison to the PCs they were using - Westwind Air Bearings was able to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. Additionally, the company has used its operational and energy-based cost savings to invest in an IP telephony solution, minimising power and cabling requirements to each desk.

Success and Company Benefits

This initial Citrix project has been so well-received that it is now being evaluated for sites in the US, Japan and China to deliver cost-effective remote access. By centralising its IT and delivering applications via Citrix technology, Westwind Air Bearings immediately reduced the costs associated with supporting, managing and powering the desktop estate. Additionally, the speed with which applications are delivered and its devices power-on and boot-up means that users are more productive in comparison.

John Doughty, IT Manager for Westwind Air Bearings, said: “By implementing the Citrix solution we now have a platform that is easy to manage, with desktops and applications rolled out across the business very quickly. It is a solution that gives our business a cutting edge, as well as reduces our impact on the environment.”

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