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Thin client implementation for Choueifat schools

Four campuses of the International Schools of Choueifat, part of the SABIS School Network, have deployed Sun Ray ultra-thin clients in their examination halls

Four campuses of the International Schools of Choueifat, part of the SABIS School Network, have deployed Sun Ray ultra-thin clients in their examination halls.

The Sun Ray installation replaces PCs in 1400 seats across the four campuses with Sun Ray 2 clients on desktops, and uses the Sun x64 server for the backend.

The latest application to run on the Sun Ray platform, according to SABIS, is the Integrated Testing and Learning (ITL), which allows students to sit for a range of tests on their computers.

"We chose the Sun Ray solution because it was the best end-to-end solution to roll out new exam halls with our new advance ITL application (Integrated Testing and Learning). The advantages of deploying this solution are numerous; students can continue to access SABIS's standard Windows-based exam application, minimal maintenance is required on the long-run, no expensive, hard-to-manage PCs will be needed, and all worries regarding desktop patching, upgrades and viruses will be dissipated," said Serge Bakhos, group vice president for information technology and books publishing at SABIS.

SABIS is an international, college-preparatory education system currently implemented in 50 schools in 15 countries, serving 40,000 students around the world. The Choueifat schools are located throughout the Middle East in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, and Syria.

With a track record in high-security environments, Sun Ray was the perfect choice for the examination halls to ensure transparency in the examination process, according to Tarek Ayass, education and research regional manager at Sun Microsystems MENA: "Sun Rays, extensively used in environments where security is paramount - the United States military for example - provided a method to ensure a secure environment that would prevent pupils from being able to manipulate the system in any way."

The typical power consumption of each client is four watts, making it an energy efficient unit for cost-sensitive environments, Ayass added.

"By working with SABIS, we showed that a Sun Ray 2 client would reduce power bills for the desktop environment. It also offers various side benefits - rooms are quieter and cooler, thereby reducing air conditioning costs as well. This aligns with our growth strategy for delivering to regional customers the solutions that support their business more efficiently, while reducing energy consumption," he concluded.

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