Every now and then I run into folks looking for case studies on SoftGrid/App-V so I thought I would post a link to a couple here. Some not only have docs but videos as well.
New Case Study:
Kent School District
Kent School District (KSD) is recognized throughout Washington for using technology to enhance education. With 10,000 workstations already in use and a new initiative that will provide all secondary school students with their own laptops, KSD will be adding about 2,500 more computers to its infrastructure each year for the next several years. It needed a way to support a growing, changing computer base while ensuring teachers and students could get needed applications in a more timely fashion. Using Microsoft® Application Virtualization, KSD cut district-wide application deployments from months to less than two days, simplified break/fix, improved license metering, and is easing migration to the 2007 Microsoft Office system. It provides a more flexible environment where teachers and students get applications wherever and whenever needed--and does it all with the same IT staff levels.
For more information see http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000002269.
Case Studies with Video:
BASF IT Services
BASF IT Services supports networks and computers for nearly 60,000 users worldwide. The company followed an expensive certification process to ensure flawless operation of the applications it makes available—but the careful certification process was delaying the delivery of applications. BASF IT Services needed a way to shorten application deployment time while still keeping certification at the same high level of quality. The IT service provider found a solution in software virtualization technology. Microsoft® SoftGrid® Application Virtualization accelerates the certification process and reduces overhead considerably by delivering applications to customer PCs dynamically. Virtualization is invisible to users, who receive their new applications and updates sooner than before and can remain confident that the new software is compatible with their existing applications.
For more information see http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000001313.
The State of Indiana
In 2005, the state of Indiana embarked on an optimization of its core IT infrastructure to dramatically improve service levels while reducing cost. The state replaced a highly decentralized series of e mail solutions running on 100 server computers with Microsoft® Exchange Server software running on two 4-computer clusters. Hundreds of desktop applications—including many older applications that were causing conflicts with current software—were virtualized using Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. And software deployments, security updates, asset inventory, and remote help-desk support were enabled by a move from Altiris Notification Server to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. The state has saved U.S.$14 million by optimizing its infrastructure, while boosting IT availability and enabling a range of new services to improve the lives of people throughout the state.
For more information see http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000001697.
All Microsoft Application Virtualization (SoftGrid and App-V) case studies can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/search.aspx?ProTaxID=3123.
J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer
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