The new Reuters development center in China has selected Suns virtual desktop solution, providing them a new workplace of the future where desktops are tied to an identity and not a device. The company made the decision to move away from the traditional PC model and instead host virtual desktops in the data center using Sun RayTM software and VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. Employees are equipped with Sun RayTM thin clients for on-site work and remotely access their virtual desktops through SunTM Secure Global Desktop software which allows employees to securely reach their virtual desktops from a wide range of client devices connected to the Internet. The switch from a traditional PC model to the Sun virtual desktop solution will dramatically enhance security, agility and flexibility plus reduce management and administration costs for its new center in Beijing.
The Beijing office will grow to have 600 employees over the next three years, relying on the flexible and mobile Sun virtual desktop solution. The Reuters' Technology China Ltd (RTCL) will provide content, analytics, trading, technology and messaging capabilities to some of its largest customers. The center opened October 9, 2006.
The press release explained that in opening the Beijing office, Reuters' needs went beyond the flexibility, efficiency and scalability expected from a 21st century desktop environment and also extended to pandemic planning and rigorous protection of intellectual property. Management and delivery of IT applications and desktops from centrally managed servers will support these needs, eliminating the space, management, cost, virus and security risks associated with deploying a desktop PC per employee and allowing quick and easy access through virtual desktops.
A centrally managed 'pool' of resources (hardware, software and tools) is virtualized using VMware technology and will increase utilization of assets, enable easy sharing and re-use between projects or across locations. Sun Ray thin clients produce no noise and minimal heat due to a power consumption of only 4W. Access to pooled resources is controlled through the integration of Sun JavaTM Directory Server, Sun JavaTM Identity Manager, and VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, permitting easy user provisioning of applications and resources from multiple application platforms such as SolarisTM 10 OS, Windows XP, Mainframe and Linux.
The infrastructure supports key Reuters' products such as its premium desktop 3000Xtra, Reuters Trader and Reuters Knowledge. By working with Sun and responding to the innovation of Virtual Desktop technology, RTCL can now have additional support for security, future growth and the opportunity of reduced total cost.
Alex Hungate, Managing Director in Reuters Asia said, "The talented developers and data analysts who will work here in China will be able to harness the latest technologies to ensure that financial institutions using Reuters services will get financial information that's fast and accurate."
"Efficient, flexible and secure IT systems are critical to the growth of an organization and first-rate customer service," said Larry Scott, VP Financial Services Industry at Sun. "Reuters' deployment of Suns virtual desktop solution highlights the business value that organizations can achieve through increased flexibility, tighter security and reduced administration and management costs and we are delighted that Reuters has entrusted Sun to manage its desktop environment."
"Sun and VMware are committed to enabling customers to migrate to a more secure and centrally managed desktop environment," said Brian Byun, VP of Products and Alliances at VMware. "VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure combined with Sun's Virtual Desktop solution can transform an enterprise by delivering desktop environments and applications with increased security and end-user mobility."
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