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Ma'arif Group deploys virtual desktops

Private school group to swap PCs for NComputing virtual desktop solutions

Ma'arif Group deploys virtual desktops
Ma'arif Group is replacing its computer lab desktops with virtual desktops.

Ma'arif Group, the largest owner and operator of private schools in Saudi Arabia is switching its computer laboratories from desktop PCs to virtual desktop solutions from NComputing.

Replacing PCs with virtual desktop solutions in its computer laboratories.

The Ma'arif Group, which has more than 80 schools in Saudi, said it is replacing its aging PC fleet with more reliable, and easier to maintain virtual desktops.

Computer laboratories are integral to the education that Ma'arif provides and are heavily utilised for lessons and examinations. The previous PC infrastructure used in the laboratories was proving to be increasingly unreliable with old desktop computers unable to run video and multimedia applications and requiring regular maintenance and repair. Moreover, the management of PCs for schools which are spread across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was time consuming and required a lot of manual maintenance.

Ma'arif worked with Virtual Tech for Information Technology EST, an NComputing Authorised Gold Partner to identify a solution, and ran a pilot project to test NComputing solutions. The group selected NComputing's vSpace session virtualisation solution, including L300 thin clients. The group said it selected this technology as provided superior multimedia capabilities, ease of use and remote management for multiple locations.

The NComputing solution is now deployed in 25 schools and allows Ma'arif to run one standard version of an operating system, which is accessed by multiple users, from a central vSpace server in each lab. A standardised desktop, as well as a set of applications are delivered to students and teachers in each of the computer labs. This enables Ma'arif to control and support all computer labs centrally, improving speed and effectiveness of maintenance work and minimising any downtime.

Abdullah Omran, PMP, IT manager, Ma'arif said: "NComputing's vSpace solution and Ma'arif for Education & Training's world class education services have been a winning combination. We plan to equip all our computer labs with the NComputing L300 over the coming months. We are looking forward to continued positive benefits for Ma'arif for Education & Training, and most importantly, for the schools, teachers and students."

Maurice Johnson, regional director, NComputing Middle East added: "We are delighted to be supporting e-learning at such a prestigious and important education organisation as Ma'arif. This is an excellent example of how schools and colleges in the Middle East can embrace powerful, easy to manage desktop virtualisation to widen access to information technology and improve education for students and teachers alike."

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