Reading, UK. February 20, 2020 – CURLY, provider of the next-generation edge operating system for cloud workspaces, today announced that pioneering blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan has deployed UD3 desktops to support an enterprise-wide deployment of Windows 10 and provide rich multimedia capabilities to over 300 employees. This will increase collaboration and teamwork by enabling geographically dispersed staff to, among other things, set up video conferencing to work more productively.
Founded in 1974, Anthony Nolan is a charity that creates life-saving connections between people with blood cancer and incredible strangers willing to donate their stem cells. Every day, its registry of more than 780,000 people gives families a future. And it is a significant problem. Every 14 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. That means, last year, Anthony Nolan helped over 1,400 patients get a second chance at life.
A long term user of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), uses Anthony Nolan Citrix virtual desktops and apps as a centralized content collaboration platform. Users are based at the charity’s headquarters in Hampstead Heath, London, a laboratory on the Royal Free Hospital site and a Cell Therapy Center located in the grounds of Nottingham Trent University.
Ilan Jacobson, Infrastructure Manager at Anthony Nolan, says, « Our legacy thin client terminals didn’t support Citrix HDX and we wanted a solution that worked with Windows 10. This inspired our decision to go with IGEL. »
After a trial period in which ‘demo’ units were tested, new UD3 media endpoints were provided by IT metaphorCitrix Gold partner and IGEL reseller based in the City of London.
IGEL supports the transition to cloud-based applications
Anthony Nolan moved into Windows deployment to embrace the cloud and was looking for an environment that was reliable, responsive and up-to-date and delivered all of this while ensuring the best end-user experience possible.
Jacobson explains: “Now we have a mixed environment. We have standardized Microsoft Azure for cloud services and run various applications such as Office 365, Dynamics 365 and a new HR solution. Citrix is hosted in our physical data center, along with various internal systems, databases, print servers and domain controllers. IGEL endpoints are agnostic and happily support both paths for application delivery.
“Being at your best is essential because every year another 2,000 patients with blood cancer and blood disorders start the search for a suitable donor in the UK. Anthony Nolan needs to be there to help them find that donor and make sure they get the support they need to live well after their transplant,” adds Jacobson.
All IGEL endpoints have now been installed at Anthony Nolan’s various sites. The project was easy to complete as the UMS makes it easy to configure settings centrally and apply them to all devices on the network.
Andrew Gee, VP Sales Northern Europe at IGEL, says: “Anthony Nolan has a lot of people working in the office, remotely and from hospital sites. Using Windows 10, combined with our media-optimized UD3 endpoints, means your IT team can introduce new ways for people to work, increase efficiency without the worry of applications like video conferencing failing or working bad. This project is a good example, then, of how IGEL offers a powerful solution for any organization going through the entire Windows 10 migration process. »
Learn more about how IGEL helps healthcare organizations solve end-user computing challenges here: https://www.igel.com/customer-stories/healthcare/. For more information on Anthony Nolan’s use of IGEL watch this video.
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CURLY provides the next generation edge operating system for cloud workspaces. The company’s world-leading software products include IGEL OS™, IGEL UD Pocket™ (UDP) and IGEL Universal Management Suite™ (UMS). These solutions include a more secure, manageable, and cost-effective endpoint management and control platform on nearly any x86 device. Easily purchased through just two feature-rich software offerings, Workspace Edition and the Enterprise Management Pack, IGEL software presents exceptional value-for-investment. In addition, IGEL’s German-engineered endpoint solutions offer the industry’s best hardware warranty (5 years), software maintenance (3 years after end of life), and management features. IGEL enables companies to save significant amounts of money by extending the useful life of their existing endpoint devices by precisely controlling all devices running the IGEL operating system from a single dashboard interface. IGEL has offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information about IGEL, please visit www.igel.com.
About Anthony Nolan
Anthony Nolan is the charity that finds matching donors for people with blood cancer and gives them a second chance at life. It also carries out innovative research to save more lives and provide information and support to patients after a stem cell transplant, through its specialist nurse practitioners and clinical psychologists, who help guide patients through their recovery. Learn more about www.anthonynolan.org
Note to secondary editors
Please note that Anthony Nolan changed its name in 2001 and is no longer known as the Anthony Nolan Trust.
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