Case Study

    Emiliy Gierczak’s High School nr 44 in Szczecin/ Szkoła Podstawowa nr 44 im. ppor. Emilii Gierczak w Szczecinie

    Nordweco company, vCloudPoint Poland partner, delivered in February 2020 to Emiliy Gierczak's High School nr 44 in Szczecin a complete vCloud terminal laboratory, based on ASUS TS300 server.

    The school management considered various scenarios for modernizing the computer laboratory. Until this moment, students used to work on laptops, but they were already out of date and did not provide for the students the possibility to learn and work comfortably. After verifying majority of the technologies available on the market, it was decided to implement vCloudPoint terminals. Most important factor for the school was the lowest costs of the purchase in comparison with classic school computer laboratories.

    The overall performance of the terminal based laboratory does not differ at all from traditional, computer-based ones, moreover it will be easier to modernize it in the future and manage than the classic one based on standard laptops.

    What is more important is that terminals use less energy than stationary computers, which cause a significant difference in electricity bills throughout the year.

    New computer laboratory in school is professional and works efficiently. The installation itself was professional and smooth and ended in valuable training for the teachers in school on how to use infrastructure and work in new environment.

    Goals of the project

    The school had a computer laboratory equipped with laptops, but the equipment was already old and worn out: it did not meet majority of modern standards. The room needed to be updated using modern technologies, that would enable students to comfortably use the all up to date and demanding programs. After verifying all the possibilities, advantages and disadvantages of different solutions, it was decided to stop using laptops. New laboratory is now equipped with several terminal stations, comfortable monitors, keyboards and mice.

    The core of terminal solution is of course the server, which resources are shared by the users. Due to that reason, it is the server, that has to meet the highest standards and provide top quality – those factors were guaranteed by ASUS Company.

    Server platform TS300 not only fulfilled all the requirements of school but due to its capabilities, will allow easily to expand the infrastructure and increase the efficiency anytime the needs of the users will increase. It will allow as well to increase smoothly the number of the users any time.

    Customer's opinion

    The TS300 platform supports the newest CPU, RAM memory modules and drives – both traditional and M.2. It provides Hot-swap bays, supports RAID levels and much more. It is, without a doubt, the solution designed for our needs, which will serve us for years. We thank Nordweco company for professional consulting and support at every stage of the project and the closure. Due to the outstanding cooperation we introduced top quality solutions – vCloudPoint terminals based on ASUS server.

    Julia Rusiecka
    High School Managing Director

    Implementation details
    Number of workplace terminals: 15 vCloudPoint V1 terminals
    Teacher's unit: All in one Prowise

    Server's configuration :
    Platform: ASUS TS300
    Processor: Intel Xeon E-2136
    Memory: 32 GB
    Drive: SSD 500 GB
    Drive: HDD 1 TB
    GPU: GTX 1050
    Software: Windows Server 2019, NetSupport School, AVG, GIMP, Scratch, Open Office, vMatrix
    Advantages from the implementation

    Comfort for the teacher - teacher manages the entire class from one place, can easily share files with all the students, assign tasks, tests and verify results. Moreover teacher can preview at any time student's desktops. She or he does not have to walk around the entire room - sitting at the stand one can watch that students work with the topics of the lesson, and do not focus at any other distractions. In addition, the terminals do not emit heat or generate noise.

    Financial savings - the purchase price of entire solution, was one of the most important factors. The vCloudPoint terminal based laboratory for the school is cheaper than a typical computer laboratory. Lower energy consumption - vCloudPoing terminals consume only 5W of power (at the peak of power consumption), which allows to significantly lower electricity bills for the entire 44 school in Szczecin.

    Less effort to manage system entirely – system administrator at school now dedicates much less time to manage infrastructure than is case of traditional computer laboratory. The server is one, thanks to which all administrative operations, installations, updates, etc. are performed on one machine. Data security - terminal server based on ASUS platform is well protected against attacks or data leaks, and vCloudPoint terminals do not store any data on them, so even if they fail or are stolen - the school will not lose any data.