Requirement : Citrix XenMobile
GreenSquare Group chose leading Desktop Virtualisation experts Blue Chip to design and implement a secure and flexible mobile working solution across the business.
GreenSquare Group is a major provider of housing, regeneration, care and support, and commercial services. It was formed in 2008 and has more than 650 users across its sites in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.
GreenSquare required a mobile working strategy which would give its users access to applications and data on any device. However as a business holding sensitive customer information, they had a responsibility to ensure that this data was not compromised by unauthorised third party access should the device be lost or stolen. To address this issue, GreenSquare appointed Blue Chip to design and implement a secure and flexible solution using mobile device management technology from Citrix.
Blue Chip implemented a 10 user proof of concept (POC) for Citrix XenMobile Enterprise, with configuration of the mobile device management and sandbox application features. The three servers required were configured as virtual machines within GreenSquare’s VMware environment with a Citrix NetScaler Access Gateway VPX providing external access to the infrastructure. Trial licencing of Citrix XenMobile Enterprise was also used allowing GreenSquare to take advantage of all functionality within XenMobile.
The solution was rolled out to the sample of employees using a mix of Apple iOS and Android devices. Blue Chip completed the POC within the scheduled 2 week time allocation ensuring minimal disruption to users.
Success and Company Benefits
Mobile device management technology has enabled GreenSquare to ensure that a device can be remotely wiped or have its services restricted should this be necessary. It has also provided a secure area for business applications and data. The solution also means easier management and control for IT staff by standardising the applications used by employees regardless of the device they are using. It also integrates well with Citrix XenApp which is already used throughout GreenSquare, providing a familiar interface to users and requiring less training for the GreenSquare IT team.
Chris Gough, ICT Infrastructure Manager, said: “As the leading product in mobile device management, XenMobile has given our employees flexible and secure access to their apps from any device. It has also given us confidence that our data cannot be compromised and has minimised the risk to the business.
“Following a successful trial, we were happy for Blue Chip to implement XenMobile to relevant users across the business, which they have done with the utmost professionalism and expertise.”