Telfair County Schools Trusts 2X for Educational Excellence
- 12 November, 2009 00:59
<p>Dallas, TX, Nov. 11, 2009 - As a rural Georgia school district, Telfair County Schools was faced with the challenge of
affording its students the same educational opportunities as other, wealthier school districts, who routinely provided their
students with advanced technology offerings. To match the capabilities of peer districts, Telfair chose to deploy a 2X
ApplicationServer solution, along with the 2X ThinClientServer, to guarantee reliable remote application access to their
schools’ computer labs and FTP system. Use of the solution will allow students the use of quality published applications in
school computer labs, while providing teachers access to critical files and applications outside the classroom.
David Walker is Telfair County Schools’ Director of Technology, who monitors the technology requirements of the district’s
elementary, middle and high school. Due to the district’s small size, up until this year, David has run his department single-
handedly, making the search for a straightforward, easy-to-manage connection broker solution a critical pursuit. David first
considered using a Citrix solution, claiming that the product was “feature rich, but came with a cost that far outweighed any
potential benefit we would receive from the solution.” Wanting to maximize benefits for the district’s students on a fixed IT
budget, David began investigating more cost-effective options, eventually settling on a 2X solution. He states that while he
“was impressed with the Citrix features list, 2X has a great product as well, and was able to meet every requirement we
were looking for, at a much lower cost.” As a result, rather than paying additional hardware and licensing costs, he is now
saving “well over 50% from our original costs,” significantly more than what was possible using a Citrix solution.
In deploying his 2X solution, David purchased both the 2X ApplicationServer and the 2X ThinClientServer, to provide
effective remote application access while effectively converting his existing desktops to function as thin clients. He chose
to install the 2X ApplicationServer to 12 terminal servers, with a total of 9 Windows 2003, 32-bit and 3 Windows 2008, 64-
bit servers. While initially choosing the Virtual Iron virtualization platform, he explains that he is in the process of switching
to a VMware platform, specifically considering VSphere 4. Despite changes in virtualization platforms and the number of
users serviced, David notes that 2X’s per-server license model and virtualization platform-independent design ensure that
he can service as many users as possible from his 2X server with no required licensing changes or virtualization platform
integration problems. This flexibility has created a “powerful, yet simple solution” that he can “trust completely.”
Apart from providing significant cost savings and improving remote application publishing reliability, David boasts that
choosing 2X provided his district with specific advantages when compared to his original solution. Though he admits that
other solutions also provided a broad array of features, David claims a defining advantage of his 2X solution is the “simple,
straightforward way it performs the functions it’s designed to perform.” Speaking to IT professionals in other districts, David
became aware of the lengthy process required to complete Citrix installations, noting that to install their solution properly,
Telfair would “need a lot more hardware, and the solution would take far more upkeep to maintain.”
David notes that though it’s a feature-rich solution, if he had continued with his original Citrix choice, he “didn’t know that
it would’ve done everything we were expecting,” claiming that the simplicity of 2X solutions “ultimately makes them the
better product.” Use of his 2X solution thus gives David little day-to-day stress in meeting the needs of Telfair’s students.
Based on the success of his 2X experience so far, he explained that this year, he would like to “make applications available
to students at home, allowing them to continue to have access to teaching materials after the end of the school day.” He
explains that as long as his server can handle additional users, his 2X ApplicationServer solution can bear the heavier load
with ease, making hardware capabilities the only limit to network expansion.
About the 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services
The 2X ApplicationServer tunnels any Windows application or desktop onto remote computers, including Mac and Linux
desktops, without the need to install the application or desktop onto each user’s machine. This provides significant savings
on administration and support.
• Application publishing, rather than local installation
• Tunneling specific applications rather than a complete desktop
• Publish applications to Web interface
• Publish Windows applications to Linux and Mac
• Multiple monitor support
• Automatic redundancy
• Publish applications based on username, group membership or IP
• Seamless integration with local desktop and taskbar
• SSL secure connection to applications
• Universal printing
• Application license management
• Integration with 2X LoadBalancer
• Windows 2008 Server 32 / 64 bit support
Obtaining the Trial Version
2X is offering a 30-day trial version of 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services. After the 30-day trial period, users can still use the 3-connection free version by registering for the 3-connection license key on the 2X website. Download
the trial version today, at: http://www.2x.com/applicationserver/download.html.
2X Software is a company developing software for the booming server-based computing market. Thin client computing controls skyrocketing PC management costs, centralizes application and desktop management, improves security and performance and allows users to work remotely. The company’s product line includes: 2X ThinClientServer, 2X LoadBalancer for Terminal Services/Citrix, 2X ApplicationServer for Windows Terminal Services and 2X VirtualDesktopServer. 2X is a privately-held company, with offices in the USA, France, Germany, UK, Australia, Japan and Malta. Its management team is backed by years of experience in developing and selling network infrastructure software. 2X is a Microsoft, IBM and VMware partner. For more information, visit: http://www.2x.com.
About Telfair County Schools
Telfair County Schools will prepare students to be productive members of society by fostering a caring environment with meaningful experiences and high expectations for all. For more information, visit: http://www.telfair.k12.ga.us.
For more information, please contact Ryan Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org.</p>
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