Scotch Whisky Association moves to virtual desktops

Case Study: IT & Cloud Services

The Scotch Whisky Association can trace its origins back to 1912. Its primary role is to protect the integrity of Scotch whisky worldwide as the trade association for the industry; and its members account for 95% of production and sales of Scotch whisky.

From offices in Edinburgh and London, the Scotch Whisky Association promotes responsible attitudes to alcohol consumption and represents the industry’s interests at governmental level both at home and abroad. With annual exports of over £4 billion, Scotch whisky is one of the UK’s leading exports and supports over 35,000 jobs across the UK.

The Association had previously moved to a virtualised server environment but as the existing desktop hardware was reaching the end of its life they were reluctant to invest in an expensive physical infrastructure upgrade pathway.

Paul Roberts, ITC Manager at the Scotch Whisky Association, said:

“We looked at our options and asked Castle to deploy a virtual desktop solution that would meet our needs and deliver efficiencies in terms of management and cost. We were very impressed with the VMware virtual server solution that Castle had implemented and it was a logical and appropriate next step to take.

“The virtual desktop environment has delivered real efficiencies and ensures that all of our applications are up-to-date and everyone is working with the same versions.

“There is a noticeable reduction in maintenance costs and considerable time has been saved in system management, which allows the IT team to be much more productive. It used to take a day to
set up a new member of staff, whereas it can now be done in a fraction of that time.

“We were very impressed with Castle’s commitment to the project and their track record in virtualisation. They worked closely with us to develop a bespoke project timeline, which ensured that everything went according to plan.

“Having worked with many companies I found Castle’s approach to be refreshing and they ensured that all our needs were identified and met.”

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