Polish Primary School Halves Technology Costs with NComputing’s Desktop Virtualisation



Polish schools have been dealing with computerisation for years now. Recently, the process has gained in importance as well as becoming subject to a growing number of requirements. Schools are forced to increase the numbers of their computer stations to ensure they are available to as many pupils as possible. Yet schools are facing budget constraints which means that they can rarely afford new PC purchases or foot the growing bill for computer maintenance. These needs and constraints are effectively addressed by NComputing whose desktop virtualisation solutions provide a reliable computing environment at lower rollout costs compared to traditional PCs.

Radom Public School

The Challenge: “One Computer Per Pupil” with Outdated PCs

Publiczna Szkoła Podstawowa Nr 21 im. ks. Jana Twardowskiego in Radom is a state-funded primary school with 601 pupils aged 5-12 across 24 classes. In the face of the statutory requirement of “one computer per pupil” in a lab, the school’s principal, Mr Robert Bartkiewicz, had some tough decisions to make as to the school’s future computing choices.

“NComputing turned out to be a solution that not only met all the technical requirements of our school, but also dominated the other solutions in terms of low cost of implementation. NComputing’s thin clients take up little space, are trouble-free and significantly reduce costs of IT administration. Students and teachers started working on the new thin clients without any delay and training. The lack of traditional PCs meant there was no fan noise so increasing the comfort in the computer rooms. I recommend this solution to any school looking for savings while maintaining the capabilities of the computing solution and comfort of the students.”

Robert Bartkiewicz

Director of Public Primary School No. 21 in Radom

A number of possible solutions were considered and analysed, leading to a decision that the school’s new computer lab and its 17 stations would be based entirely on NComputing vSpace platform with L300 client devices and Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2012. With this architecture in place, every user sees a familiar Windows 8 desktop on his or her monitor.

The decision was significantly influenced by earlier experiences where the labs were using traditional PCs . Year by year, this became an increasing burden: maintaining 20 PCs in a good working condition was a never-ending strain on the budget and a disruption to the teachers’ work. Slowdowns in operation and technical glitches during classes meant less material could be taught to pupils. Obsolete solutions would require frequent call-outs for lab personnel whose involvement in trouble-shooting meant they neglected their other duties, leaving the school’s governing body with no other choice but to hire more staff.

Deploying NComputing’s vSpace Solution

Deploying NComputing’s vSpace solution proved to be a simple and seamless experience with no hiccups or downtime, allowing pupils to take to their new stations with no further instruction. The new lab offers computer classes to grades 4 to 6 but is also used for teaching other classes, such as English, natural science and mathematics, as well as hosting pupils pursuing other interests as part of their extracurricular activities. Teachers appreciate simplicity, intuitiveness and transparency when working with NComputing thin client devices whose fan-less design guarantees that the classroom is a quiet place. As a result of choosing the NComputing solution, the school will save up to 50% compared to traditional desktop PCs. vSpace software allows tracking the progress of whatever work pupils are involved in, and makes it an easy task to install additional applications or updates.

Ultimately, the school intends to replace all of its traditional PCs with NComputing thin clients to ensure interoperability between the two of its labs and resolve its current problems with computerisation.

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The Challenge

To comply with statutory requirements of one PC per pupil while facing budget constraints, outdated PCs and a rising bill for computer maintenance.

The Solution

NComputing’s vSpace Platform with 17 L300 thin clients and Microsoft’s Windows MultiPoint Server 2012.

The Benefits
  • Cost savings of up to 50% when compared to the cost of traditional PCs
  • ICT lab is reliable and quiet, so now used for English, Maths and Natural Sciences and extra-curricular activities
  • Teachers appreciate simplicity, intuitiveness and transparency
  • Significantly reduced costs for IT management and maintenance
  • Enormous savings connected with the low power consumption

“NComputing’s vSpace solution and the L300 thin clients have been successfully used in our school for years. The solution is ideal for education. The vSpace solution can be used as a computer lab solution, as well as for the administration of the school. We were able to achieve superb results using Microsoft Windows Multipoint Server 2012, so that the user has the Windows 8 desktop for a fraction of the price of a PC or notebook. Also, do not forget the enormous savings connected with the low power consumption, and also the minimal work required for administrating multiple terminals.”

Artur Rudnicki

Deputy Director of ZST in Radom

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