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Devon IT Offers Free VDI Blaster to Dell Education Customers

Devon IT, a leading provider of thin client and VDI hardware and software solutions, today announced at Educause the availability of free VDI Blaster software for any current Dell K-12 and higher education customers. This offer is valid for 20 copies of VDI Blaster available through November 30, 2011.   

Devon IT VDI Blaster is the most popular software tool that enables a PC to act as a thin client currently available in the growing VDI market. VDI Blaster converts PCs into secure and centrally manageable desktop appliances, enables organizations of all sizes to realize benefits of thin client computing, and extends capital investment in PCs. VDI Blaster offers the benefits of a thin client at a smaller cost than a new device.

There are many benefits that VDI Blaster offers. Once a PC reaches the end of its useful life, VDI Blaster provides a simple plug-and-play solution to transform the PC into a thin client, which is still able to run Windows OS and applications. It also allows the PCs to return to their previous state if necessary. It minimizes the risk of switching to a fully virtualized architecture. VDI Blaster makes centrally-managed desktops possible, which reduces risk and allows for synchronized system updates. Devon IT VDI Blaster will connect thin clients to Microsoft Terminal Services, shared services, and virtual desktops from Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft, or VMware View.

“Virtualized desktop computing is gaining momentum the education market as a cost-effective, secure, and manageable way to gain the advantage of a thin client in PC environments, and Devon IT is leading the charge,” says Joe Makoid, President, Devon IT. “Our offer of free VDI Blasters will help schools of all sizes realize the benefits of a VDI solution. Devon IT is running this promotion to expose customers to the power of virtualizing desktops with Dell servers and storage. By centralizing the management of all client devices, users will reduce operational cost by up to 50% while implementing leading virtual desktop approaches. This promotion will allow customers to test the VDI environment with very little upfront cost.”

VDI Blaster can be managed by Devon IT Echo – a universal thin client management software platform. Devon IT Echo ties everything together and is compatible with the entire Devon IT software stack. It manages every device running Devon IT VDI Blaster software and comes included with each VDI Blaster license. Features include thin client system image updates, maintenance and management functionality, including inventory, status, and remote service as well as profiling, logging, and shadowing.

“Customers will be able to experience the value of some of the world’s largest banks and corporations are already seeing,” concluded Makoid. “We are committed to expanding the market potential for server-based and virtual technologies, and are thrilled to share this offer to Dell customers at Educause.”

School districts, colleges and universities should contact their Dell sales representative to confirm eligibility for this program. For more information about virtual desktop hardware and software solutions orderable through Dell, or to schedule a private demonstration, email or call 610-757-4220 or 888-524-9382. For more information about Devon IT DeTOS, Echo, and VDI Blaster, please visit

Published Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:00 PM by David Marshall
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