Desktop virtualization and Managed Services solution for Height for Hire

Irish company Height for Hire provides powered access platforms for hire and sale to the Irish, UK and continental European plant industry. The company has over 30 years’ experience supplying a wide range of aerial platforms, from battery and diesel scissor lifts to articulated and stick boom lifts; mobile hoists from vehicle-mounted and trailer-mounted platforms to telescopic forklifts and an extensive variety of specialised access machines and mobile mini cranes. The company employs over 150 people throughout Ireland, UK and Eastern Europe.

Desktop virtualization and Managed Services solution for Height for Hire
The Challenge

With a significant growth in business and with eleven geographically dispersed sites in four countries, Height for Hire needed an efficient and cost-effective technology solution to orchestrate its information flow between offices, manage application deployment and maintain mobile users with the least effort and cost.

The Solution

Trilogy Technologies, a Citrix Partner, recommended and implemented a desktop virtualization and managed services solution for Height for Hire. A Citrix XenServer was installed in Ashbourne, Co Meath which connects users at eleven remote sites via an Eircom bipReach network. Trilogy installed SonicWall firewalls at all remote sites along with a new consolidated firewall at head office. The solution virtualizes Height for Hire’s existing infrastructure and consolidates the ERP system, all files and email accounts, Adobe and internet access. Trilogy implemented Citrix Access Gateway which allows remote users and mobile workers to log on securely and quickly to the data at Ashbourne data centre. This solution also acts as a fail-over should any links go down from the bipReach perspective allowing users to log in over the Citrix access gateway.  Trilogy’s managed service solution remotely manages both the head office and remote site infrastructure.

The Result

Key benefits include efficient and centralised management, rapid scalability, instant web-enablement of existing applications and flexible access to applications on demand. User files are located on Height for Hire’s central servers in Ashbourne and this solution means staff are PC independent. Centralised management and support reduces the requirement for administrators to travel to other locations and staff can now access applications from any location, at any time, on any device.

achievements

  • Height for Hire can now roll out the latest technology platforms including for example Microsoft along with their own in house applications from a central location
  • Efficient, centralised management, rapid scalability, instant Web-enablement of existing applications and flexible access to applications on demand

  • Remote users and mobile workers can log on securely and quickly to the data at Ashbourne data centre
  • Applications and upgrades can be deployed on the central server and made available immediately to all staff, thereby further increasing productivity and competitive advantage

client perspective

" This cutting edge technology allows us to function as one office. It allows us to open up new offices very quickly anywhere in the world. It also allows us to control bandwidth usage. "

John Ball, Managing Director