Dell Extends Cloud Client Computing Portfolio with New Solutions Validated by Citrix
• Introduces vStart for VDI Citrix XenDesktop® reference architectures to help organizations achieve benefits of desktop virtualization in rapid, highly secure manner
• Enhances DVS Simplified Appliance to address cost and complexity challenges of virtual desktop adoption
• Adds Dell Managed Services to DVS Enterprise enabling IT to outsource the management of virtual desktops and focus on strategic projects
• Brings 3D graphics and multimedia users multiple thin- and zero-clients with Citrix HDX 3D support
Dell today is announcing new additions and enhancements to its end-to-end cloud client computing portfolio. The solutions, which are specific to Citrix-based IT environments and now available in the US and Europe, are easy to select, deploy, and support, and deliver a cost effective and highly secure user experience to any device anywhere.
End-to-End Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions with Citrix Products
Dell is unveiling new vStart for VDI Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 reference architectures today. Available in two configurations, vStart for VDI 50 and vStart for VDI 1000 are pre-engineered, pre-built and pre-integrated converged solutions that include Dell’s PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic or Compellent storage, PowerConnect or Force10 networking, Dell Wyse T10, Dell Wyse Xenith Pro and now Dell Wyse Xenith 2 thin- and zero-clients and management plug-ins. These VDI infrastructure solutions leverage XenDesktop and help organizations achieve benefits of desktop virtualization in a rapid, highly secure manner.
Dell is also updating its DVS Simplified Appliance this month to specifically address the cost and complexity challenges of virtual desktop adoption with new flexible server form factors, support for new hypervisors and additional new capabilities including:
• A new 12th generation Dell PowerEdge T620 tower server configured appliance in addition to the existing PowerEdge R720 rack configured appliance, which support up to 66 percent more users on every appliance over previous generation
• Support for Citrix XenServer® and Microsoft Hyper-V
• Integration and factory installation of new Citrix VDI-in-a-Box™ 5.1 software, helping to reduce initial typical deployment time to as little as four hours¹, supporting 100 virtual desktops²
• A new 50-seat validated architecture and configuration providing an extremely affordable entry price point of less than £350 or $500 per user.
In addition, beginning this month, Dell will offer optional Managed Services to organizations using Dell DVS Enterprise based on Citrix XenDesktop, a purpose-built, flexible, and highly scalable VDI architecture. Dell Managed Services enables IT organizations to outsource the management of their virtual desktop system and desktop environment so internal IT resources can focus on strategic projects. These service options include remote monitoring and remediation, 24x7 service desk support and incident management, monthly reporting and subscription billing, image management, and patch management.
Finally, Dell channel partners in the US and Europe now have access to Dell’s PartnerDirect Desktop Virtualization Solutions Competency and Cloud Client Computing Partner Advisor, via the Dell PartnerDirect Portal, to better serve their customers’ desktop virtualization needs.
New Cloud Clients with Citrix HDX 3D Support
Dell, the market leader in thin-clients³, is announcing new support for Citrix HDX 3D technology for zero- and thin-clients, enabling organizations to virtualize and centrally deliver 3D graphics intensive applications and high performing desktops with like native OS performance. Citrix HDX 3D support is now available on the Dell Wyse Z90D7 and Dell Wyse X90m7 Windows Embedded Standard 7 fixed and mobile thin-clients and the Dell Wyse Xenith 2 zero-client. The Xenith 2 is now shipping and offers outstanding performance, energy efficiency, and security while being 30 percent smaller and boasting greater display capabilities and affordability than its predecessor.
Dell’s new end-to-end cloud client computing and desktop virtualization solutions, including Imprivata’s OneSign No Click Access integrated with Dell Wyse thin- and zero-clients, will be showcased at Citrix Synergy™ Barcelona starting Oct. 17 in Stand #201.
“One of our business priorities is to decrease ’time to productivity’ in the use of technology without sacrificing data security. Increasing the time available for providers at the bedside improves the overall quality of care we provide,” said Dr. Vindell Washington, VP at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. “The combination of the Dell Wyse Xenith 2 zero clients and Imprivata OneSign provides clinicians with No Click Access to their roaming Citrix XenDesktop workstations. Physicians and nurses are pleased with the convenience and speed, and IT benefits from the reduced maintenance and increased security that result from all data being stored centrally. This combined solution is critical in healthcare as it has a clear impact on the care delivery process.”
“With an increasingly mobile workplace, the demand for desktop virtualization is accelerating. To address this need, Dell and Citrix are focused on delivering simple, repeatable, end-to-end solutions in the DVS portfolio that streamline deployment and management while expanding the addressable use cases,” said Krishna Subramanian, vice president of marketing and partner engagement at Citrix.
“Dell continues to strengthen its end-to-end cloud client computing offerings delivering our customers and channel partners even more choice in designing, implementing and managing their VDI solutions,” said Tarkan Maner, general manager and vice president, Cloud Client Computing at Dell. “We have achieved this by working closely with Citrix and integrating our own server, storage, networking and management technologies to provide the most comprehensive range of virtualization technologies in the market today.”
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¹ The initial configuration of the DVS Simplified appliance, including initiating the server grid, importing a single master image, creating a virtual desktop template, and assigning user(s) to a template can be completed in as little as 4.0 hours.
² Basic configuration cost is approximately less than $500 per user for up to 100 standard users (including single appliance, software, broker licensing and support)
³IDC WW Enterprise Client Devices Tracker, 2012 Q2 Release for Unit Shipments (Dell is the No.1 ranked vendor in 2012 Q2 with 29.8 percent unit share, 1.3 percent higher than its closest competitor)
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