Citrix-XenApp Case Study

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Executive Summary

As a marine transportation and service leader in the oil and gas industry, the client is focused on providing exploration and production solutions for its national and international clients. Onshore, the client needed a strategic partner to upgrade its legacy server environment to maximize performance for its 350 employees.

CHALLENGE

The offshore services company needed assistance upgrading its Citrix Presentation Server 4.5 environment to Citrix XenApp 6.5 to provide application presentation services for more than 350 users in three states. With limited IT resources for a large-scale assessment and virtualization implementation, it needed:  A strategic partner with strong Citrix XenApp and provisioning server implementation and migration experience  A comprehensive assessment of the existing technical environment to define strategies that maximized performance, increased uptime and improved security  On-the-job training for IT staff to seamlessly transfer knowledge and ensure ownership adoption

SOLUTION

As a strategic Citrix partner, Sparkhound was the right choice for the client’s server upgrade and enterprise migration:   Installed, configured and deployed Citrix XenApp for better user performance and increased uptime  Deployed a Citrix Access Gateway for more robust and secure method of external user access  Performed on-the-job training and knowledge transfer to all IT staff for long-term success

IMPACT

By centralizing the application management in the datacenter and utilizing Citrix XenApp’s virtual environment, the company reduced costs, increased uptime and improved productivity. Sparkhound’s training and knowledge transfer also increased IT staff’s confidence to sustain the new environment.

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