Museum Creates Modern, Mobile Working Environment

The National Maritime Museum (Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum) located in the Arsenal, a historic building in Amsterdam dating back to 1656, is home to the most important collection of historic maritime documents in the world. After undergoing a four-year major renovation project, the museum was transformed into a modern, multimedia museum, allowing visitors to interactively explore 500 years of maritime history.

Continuing to Modernize

Expanding upon the modernization efforts, the museum also sought a way to improve the overall employee experience through mobile working. The goal was to reduce log-in times, and enable employees to work with compute-intensive multi-media apps—all while adhering to budgetary constraints. Additionally, in an effort to comply with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) guidelines, the museum wanted to find a way to reduce energy consumption.

Corporate social responsibility means that mobile working must be possible for us. We access our online workplace (without having to face rush-hour traffic), irrespective of location and device, and are logged out automatically. That saves a great deal of energy.

Rene Schroder, Head of ICT

Deploying VMware Solutions

Following a thorough market investigation, VMware proved to be the most viable option for the museum. With the help of partner DHS, the museum deployed VMware Horizon® for a virtual desktop solution and User Environment Manager for simplified end-user profile management. The museum also added VMware’s AppVolumes and ThinApp products. After the implementation, René Schröder, ICT Head with the National Maritime Museum, commented that “it’s a splendid solution. Everything connects with the VMware solution so quickly. It’s really unrivaled.”


The use of VMware products provided the museum employees a more flexible work environment and allowed them to work remotely. Shorter log-in times allowed staff to begin working quicker, and bottlenecks in mobile working were resolved. Furthermore, additional computing power sped up working with large multimedia files.

The museum was also able to achieve its goals of reducing energy consumption and adhering to budget constraints. Automatic staff log-out led to fewer licenses required, saving money and energy. The new solution also significantly reduced IT maintenance in addition to increasing the speed and efficiency of adding new work stations.

Read more about the National Maritime Museum, and be sure to explore this popular museum when in Amsterdam.