Park Holidays UK is using technology from endpoint security firm IGEL to support merger and acquisition growth and cloud adoption. The partnership will also help the holiday provider to use Microsoft 365 applications for new staff collaboration opportunities.
The organisation began working with IGEL in 2012, when it deployed a combined IGEL and Citrix solution for virtual desktop infrastructure. This helped the firm address bandwidth issues, standardise desktops, simplify PC support and speed up endpoint deployment, configuration and management.
“We’ve taken a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to the desktop,” said Michael Procyshyn, IT director at Park Holiday UK. “In other words, we have one uniform system across the company so that when new parks are acquired, we just drop in Citrix and IGEL to rapidly deploy desktop services. It allows us to scale up our infrastructure and systems quickly and cost effectively, with the joint solution a real enabler for growth.”
Since then, Park Holidays UK has modernised its IT environment with new desktops, server virtualisation and storage area networks. The joint IGEL and Citrix solution continues to provide a number of other benefits, including native support for cloud-based applications, fast staff onboarding, enhanced security, reduced costs, and enabling staff to work easily across sites.
“When we last reviewed our desktop approach, we concluded that moving away from IGEL’s technology to laptops or PCs would be cost prohibitive,” said Procyshyn. “IGEL and Citrix helps our rapid expansion plans because we know we can deploy endpoints simply and painlessly.”