Rehab enables remote learning for 5,000 students through virtualisation

6 Jun 2012

Grace O'Rourke Veitch, Irish country manager, Citrix Systems; Gary Merrigan, CTO, Rehab Group; Marie Kelly, training director, Rehab Group; and Andrew Miller, head of sales and marketing, Unity

The Rehab National Learning Network has deployed virtualisation technology from Citrix to help design its training delivery system.

Unity Technology Solutions worked closely with Rehab Group and its training and education division to enhance its existing provision of FETAC-accredited courses to students across the country.

Rehab Group expects to rollout Citrix VDI-in-a-Box to all National Learning Network training centres over the coming months, which will ultimately help 5,000 students across 50 National Learning Network centres, including those that log on remotely.

An important aspect of service delivery includes distance learning and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box facilitates those students who are not in a position to attend training centres regularly.

Citrix VDI-in-a-Box also removes the need for storage area networks or network attached storage boxes in each training centre.

“It is important to us to provide quality services and training to every student who signs on for one of our courses,” Gary Merrigan, chief information and technology officer, Rehab Group, explained.


“Prior to Unity Technology Solutions deploying Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, we had to physically update individual computers with the latest software applications and with over 2,500 PCs, this was extremely time consuming.

“Rehab Group and National Learning Network are a progressive organisation that wanted to future-proof their ability to deliver the best and most relevant courses on an ongoing basis,” Andrew Miller, head of sales and marketing, Unity Technology Solutions, added.

Grace O’Rourke Veitch, Irish country manager at Citrix Systems, said training and education centres are continuously under pressure to ensure they can provide access to the best computing resources while also keeping costs low.

“Citrix VDI-in-a-Box makes desktop virtualisation easy and affordable for small and medium-size organisations, without sacrificing performance,” she said.

“It can be deployed quickly, to ensure high availability without requiring shared storage.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years