WCC mulls over more MetaFrame

Wellington City Council is exploring the possibility of using Citrix MetaFrame more extensively so it can deploy older and less expensive PCs on its desktops.

Wellington City Council is exploring the possibility of using Citrix MetaFrame more extensively so it can deploy older and less expensive PCs on its desktops.

The council has conducted a proof of concept trial, involving office applications — predominantly Microsoft Office and some of its specialist Maori language software — says business technology manger Andrew Ollivier, and it is currently building up a business case.

“That will establish not whether we use MetaFrame — we’re already using it with PeopleSoft and a housing application — but to what extent we will use it.”

The financial figures are comparable for long-term cost of operating under MetaFrame with a low-spec PC or with a higher-spec PC and local software, he says. Also to be considered is the one-off gain through deploying less fully featured PCs. Then there’s a need to support multiple and unforseen applications works against MetaFrame adoption by limiting the extent to which the council can “lock down” its desktop machines to a fixed application set, he says.

Where usage involves a standard set of applications, the Citrix environment will probably be a more appropriate choice, Ollivier says.

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