Felix Platter Spital (Felix Platter Hospital, FPS) is the leading provider of university geriatric medicine in the Basel area and employs 800 people.
Project requirements & goals
“Most of our IT infrastructure had to be renewed. We had previously worked using a classic client-server approach. But our existing system clearly could not meet the demand for considerably greater mobility, maximum flexibility and the utmost stability. Then there were mandatory updates from Windows XP and Office 2003 to Windows 7 and Office 2010,” the Project Manager in charge and Head of IT at the FPS, Dieter Brodbeck, tells us.
Implementation & project outcome
Upon in-depth analysis, the FPS chose a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that would be implemented using VMware View. All 32 applications were checked for compatibility and integrated into the new environment using virtualisation. After a successful pilot phase, the client roll-out was prepared within just a few weeks, to ensure the exchange could be completed at each workstation within 30 minutes. At the same time, a new, blanket WLAN infrastructure with 230 access points in nine buildings was integrated. Dieter Brodbeck is delighted to find that Axians GNS’ concept proved successful: “User feedback has been nothing but positive. Our medical staff are particularly pleased with this single sign-on solution. They can each sign onto and work from any workstation they like. If they move to another ward or building and log in again, they are met with the exact same environment: desktop, programmes, data – everything just the way they left it.”
Within just four weeks, the FPS received an all-new WLAN infrastructure and new virtual desktops, with all of their employees benefiting from the ease of a single-sign-on solution using ProximityCard.