Virtual is a virtue for McDonald’s supplier

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Keystone Distribution, which distributes to McDonald’s, has installed a hosted virtual desktop infrastructure (HVDI) service from Pasporte which enables it to extend access its Paragon system.

Keystone manages the distribution to 1,200 McDonald’s sites in the UK delivering fresh, frozen and ambient food, promotional items, point of sale material and cleaning products. It uses Paragon to plan more than 500 deliveries a day.

Mark Ridgewell, Keystone’s head of information systems, said:  “Paragon is an integral part of our business, but the system was previously only accessible from designated desktop PCs.

To safeguard the continuity of our business we needed to extend authorised users to the system and ensure it could be securely accessed from any device, at anytime and any location, including home workers.”

Pasporte’s HVDI service has enabled Keystone to triple its authorised Paragon users, and ensure the system is accessible from any permitted client. While this helps to mitigate risk to the business, Keystone is realising other significant benefits as a result.

Ridgewell said: “HVDI is transforming how Keystone operates. From improved process integration to centralised maintenance of Paragon and reduced hardware; we’re shaving costs, increasing efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint right across the business. Already we’re assessing other areas of the business that will benefit from migrating onto a virtual desktop infrastructure.”

Gary Woodward, managing director of Pasporte, said: “Though VDI is still in its infancy, it is also now a proven technology which, as Keystone demonstrates, delivers real business benefits.”

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