2013 Winner Profile

King County (Wash.) Department of Information Technology

Project Description:
Instead of replacing its aging PCs, the King County IT department connected them to thin-client machines using VMware Horizon View. Today, these virtual terminals allow 50,000 employment-seeking residents a year access tools such as Worksource to explore job opportunities and enhance their skills. Because software and applications are stored on a central server, the IT team can make rapid modifications to existing labs and easily change operating systems and applications. The setup also improved security because the virtual desktops are deleted and refreshed every evening. The county also moved its VM storage to iSCSI technology, which cut costs and improved scalability.
Project type:
Enterprise Architecture, Virtualization: Desktop PC, Virtualization: Server
Business Functions:
IT Operations
Business Goal:
Social Impact
Bill Kehoe, CIO
Dow Constantine, County Executive
Seattle, Wash.
Government: State or Local (including Law Enforcement)
Revenue (2012):
$7.6 billion
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