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Kennet School easily virtualizes desktop infrastructure with PRIMERGY CX400 servers

"The energy efficiency of the Fujitsu hardware is great and there has been a massive difference in performance in terms of latency and Input/Output. Importantly, we will also be able to incorporate GPUs to handle the demands of processor-intensive applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, Corel Draw, Solid Works and XYZ 3D Printing software"

James Henderson, Network Manager, Kennet School

The customer

Kennet School is an academy secondary school in Thatcham, Berkshire. In 2011, Kennet School was the highest achieving state school in West Berkshire according to contextual value added results and third-highest using five good GCSEs. The school has an annual income of just over £8.9 million and spends roughly £5,000 per student per year. The school opened on 11 September 1957 as a secondary modern, before converting into a comprehensive in 1971 and finally changing to an academy on 1 April 2011. The school has over 2,000 pupils with 121 teachers and 78 non-teaching staff.

The challenge

Kennet School wanted to virtualise its desktop infrastructure and needed a reliable and flexible server platform to support the project.

The solution

Following an evaluation process, the school decided that Fujitsu offered the best price/performance ratio as well as being the only vendor to enable GPU integration.

The benefit

  • Reliable and cost-effective support for virtualisation of 200 desktops
  • Performance has improved while power consumption has been reduced, lowering the school’s carbon footprint
  • The ability to integrate graphics cards means the server will be able to handle processor-intensive applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, Corel Draw, Solid Works and XYZ 3D Printing software
  • Centralisation makes management and application provisioning simple, reducing the burden on the IT team

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