"One of the biggest successes of the Userful solution is that the users don't feel the difference between Windows™ and Linux, and don't know that they are working on a virtual machine."
- Roberto Arévalo, Sales Manager, SISCOM
Userful MultiSeat Education
The Superior Education Specialized Institute for Health Professionals of El Salvador (IEPROES)
The Superior Education Specialized Institute for Health Professionals of El Salvador (IEPROES for its Spanish acronym) has been educating and training nursing personnel for 15 years in the heart of El Salvador. Two years ago, the Health Ministry decided to migrate all its computers to Open Source software, and the institute, knowing that their students would have to work on Linux after graduating, decided to migrate as well. "We now support Linux strongly because anybody can find and use free and very useful Open Source applications to learn about everything," said Oscar Davila, Systems Department Director at the Institute.
- 1. Challenges
- 2. Solution
- 3. Result
The Salvadorean Ministry of Education asked to review the IEPROES ICT inventory to evaluate if it met the minimum standards for software and hardware in order to provide quality education. IEPROES has been growing quickly, so it is a continuous challenge adapting and improving the facilities to provide learning opportunities for more people. This new requirement from the ministry would involve a big investment on new software and hardware to update and increase the number of computers, and would require a very cost effective solution to fit budget constraints.
While doing research on the different options available to upgrade the computers at IEPROES, Oscar met SYSCOM – a partner of Userful Corporation in El Salvador. When SYSCOM presented the Userful MultiSeat Linux solution to Oscar, he knew he had found the solution he was looking for.
In order to save costs, the best old computers were updated, and then each computer box was turned into 4 independent computer stations using Userful MultiSeat Linux software and USB MultiSeat zero client devices.
IEPROES was visited by Microsoft while looking for the best solution to upgrade their computers, but Userful was the clear choice to provide more seats for a lower cost. "It simply makes sense. Userful not only is cheaper on hardware, software and maintenance, but also has other useful things like audio output and USB ports at each station," said Patricia Echavarría, open source teacher at IEPROES.
The institute saved 38% on hardware costs, saved on software costs, and lowered their electricity bill while expanding computer access. "Everything works very well, and the money that we used in anti-virus can now be invested on more MultiSeat stations," said Patricia. "We recommend it and feel very proud to say that we work with MultiSeat systems and open source software". Both Oscar and the students are also very happy with the new solution. "The savings part is really good, and all the available tools, apps, and open source software is definitely great," said Oscar. "The students now come with their laptops and ask us to install Linux."
IEPROES went from having 150 old Windows computers, to have 200 new Linux computing stations serving students in 3 different branches of the institute. "One of the biggest successes of the Userful solution is that the users don't feel the difference between Windows and Linux, and don't know that they are working on a virtual machine," Said Roberto Arévalo, Sales Manager from SISCOM.
Today, the IEPROES students and teachers are enjoying their new computers, and the wealth of open source software applications available at no cost. The solution has become a proven example of how MultiSeat technology will help the Salvadorean government migrate its computers to Open Source software for health and education, expand computer access, and lower costs.
Userful MultiSeat not only saves money, it also helps the environment by reducing electricity use and e-waste. As compared to a traditional PC-per-seat solution, over 3 years, one institution can make a substantial impact and save:
Total Cost of Ownership
Userful MultiSeat's(now Multiplatform) ability to turn one computer into many saves money by greatly reducing hardware, electricity and support costs lowering total cost of ownership
Saved 576,486 KWh of electricity, enough to power 319 homes for a year
447 tons of CO₂ was saved, equal to planting 110 acres of trees or taking 77 cars off of the road for one year
Increased Access to Technology
Userful MultiSeat software creates multiple high performance desktop stations, and other digital displays, from a central computer.
"We now support Linux strongly because anybody can find and use free and very useful Open Source applications to learn about everything."
- Oscar Davila, Systems Department Director, Nurse University Institute