CASE STUDY: Userful MultiSeat™ Education
The Superior Education Specialized Institute for Health Professionals of El Salvador (IEPROES)
Cost savings allow for more computers so more nurses can learn
"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
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.
Quick Facts: 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:
Quick Fact: Total Cost of Ownership
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.
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.
"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
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