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Dell Expands Portfolio of Desktop Virtualization Solutions for Light IT and Complex IT Environments

Dell is further strengthening its position in the desktop virtualization solutions (DVS) space with the availability of end-to-end offerings that are designed to help a wide range of IT organizations implement virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI).

The new solutions – which deliver an array of productivity benefits for end-users and IT managers – include:

  • DVS Simplified Appliance, which delivers easy-to-install and easy-to-manage plug-and-play solutions for organizations with limited IT complexity. It includes Citrix VDI-in-a-Box software for easy, repeatable deployment.
  • DVS Enterprise, for large-scale rollouts and for more demanding IT environments. It integrates technology from VMware and Citrix.
  • DVS Simplified Desktop as a Service (DaaS), a forthcoming solution based on Desktone’s leading software platform.

With virtual desktop initiatives, organizations in such diverse sectors as education, healthcare and finance benefit from advanced security, enhanced mobility and streamlined IT management so they can focus on their core business objectives.

“Our portfolio of DVS solutions help organizations of all sizes quickly and easily take advantage of the many benefits of deploying virtual desktop initiatives,” said Dell’s Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager of the company’s mobility solutions group. “We see an increasing number of customers turning to Dell as a trusted partner to help take the guess work out of developing virtual desktop architectures. With DVS Simplified we took our expertise in engineering an out-of-the-box experience to the virtual desktop space, and with DVS Enterprise, we make it easy to deploy desktop virtualization solutions across the enterprise that fit diverse user needs.”

DVS Simplified Appliance

DVS Simplified Appliance is an easy, affordable, all-in-one desktop virtualization appliance for organizations with less-complicated IT environments. This solution is uniquely designed to remove traditional cost and complexity barriers associated with deploying virtual desktop infrastructures. The simple integrated VDI appliance can be set up in hours and scales seamlessly by simply snapping together more of the appliances.

The integrated appliance consists of a Dell server pre-configured with virtual machines, management software, and hypervisor components from Citrix installed and ready-to-run. It includes three years of Dell ProSupport™ service for hardware and software. DVS Simplified is available direct or through Dell PartnerDirect resellers. For more information, please visit Dell PartnerDirect resellers can access related DVS Simplified content at the DVS partner portal page.

“Dell and Citrix are bringing the benefits of desktop virtualization to the mass market with Dell DVS Simplified, which makes virtual desktops simple, with affordable and predictable costs,” said Kumar K. Goswami, vice president of Products, Citrix. “This-easy-to-deploy and easy-to-manage appliance expands our ability to deliver on the vision of empowering efficient workplaces that support mobility, the freedom to Bring Your Own Device and streamlined IT management to businesses that may have previously lacked the resources and infrastructure needed for desktop virtualization. Combining the simplicity of the solution with the market presence that Dell has in the desktop space, we are excited about the opportunity to reshape the desktop virtualization market.”

DVS Enterprise

DVS Enterprise is designed for organizations with more demanding IT environments and diverse end-user requirements. It enables deployments starting with as few as 50 seats and the flexibility to scale to thousands of seats, helping to reduce key initial acquisition costs. DVS Enterprise combines the latest Dell 12G servers, Dell storage and Dell network components with VMware or Citrix software. For more information, please visit

“Dell and VMware’s collaboration efforts continue to enhance the end-user experience and performance of virtual desktop environments for customers of all sizes,” said Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, End-User Computing, VMware. “With the availability of Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions Enterprise for VMware View™ 5, Dell expands upon its desktop virtualization portfolio to deliver secure and easily managed VDI solutions.”

The University of Connecticut, one of the most revered higher education institutions in the Northeast, recently deployed Dell’s DVS Enterprise solution as part of the school’s distant-learning program, which links the university with individuals statewide, nationally and internationally.

“We are focusing on distance-learning and online education, and Dell’s Desktop Virtualization Solutions are helping us accomplish our goal of expanding student access to the university’s resources, from anywhere, anytime,” said Jeremy Pollack, director of IT for the University Of Connecticut School of Business. “The desktop virtualization solutions from Dell are powerful and easy to implement and allow us to run demanding applications in a VDI environment.”

DVS Simplified DaaS

DVS Simplified DaaS utilizes Desktone’s Desktops as a Service (DaaS) software platform and Dell’s global datacenters and Services to provide quick, seamless deployment of VDI environments. Available next quarter, DVS Simplified DaaS will provide quick, seamless deployment and management of VDI environments. This solution expands upon Dell’s Enterprise ‘as a Service’ virtual desktop offering released last year, which targets customers requiring fully-managed, fully-outsourced services. The new solution is designed for an array of organizations, from small and medium businesses to large enterprises, to deliver a turnkey virtual desktop solution with rapid on-boarding, scalability, self-service, and self-management.

“The combined power of Desktone’s DaaS Platform—which was built from the ground up to deliver desktops from the cloud—and Dell’s datacenter IP and Services delivers the reality on the virtual desktop vision for everyone,” said Peter McKay, CEO of Desktone. “This is the revolutionary step in cost and scale that the industry has needed in order to accelerate the adoption of virtual desktops.”

Committed to helping customers solve their toughest IT needs, Dell’s Desktop Virtualization Solutions team provides full end-to-end solutions -– from datacenter hardware, software and services to end-user devices, including thin clients.

Published Friday, March 30, 2012 5:53 PM by David Marshall
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