Desktop virtualization for Height for Hire

Height for Hire provides powered access platforms for hire and sale to the Irish, UK and 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 and specialised access machines and mobile mini cranes. The company employs over 150 people throughout Ireland, UK and Eastern Europe.

Desktop virtualization 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.

The Solution

A Citrix XenServer was installed in head office which connects users at eleven remote sites. Trilogy installed firewalls at all remote sites with a new consolidated firewall at head office. The solution virtualizes Height for Hire’s existing infrastructure and consolidates the ERP system, files and email accounts, Adobe and internet access. Remote users and mobile workers can now log on securely. This solution also acts as a fail-over should any links go down enabling 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

Benefits include efficient and centralised management, 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. Centralised management and support reduces the requirement for administrators to travel to other locations. Staff can now access applications from any location, on any device.

achievements

  • 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 enables us to open up new offices very quickly anywhere in the world. It also enables us to control bandwidth usage. "

John Ball, Managing Director