Dell teams with VMware on pre-configured virtual desktop pool

Summary:Dell and VMware are teaming up again, this time on a pre-integrated converged infrastructure for virtual desktop environments.

Dell and VMware are teaming up once again on a new virtualization angle for enterprise customers, this time with a pre-configured converged infrastructure for pooling virtual desktops.

Announced amid the VMware Partner Exchange conference in Las Vegas this week, the new solution is dubbed the Dell DVS Enterprise - Active System 800 for VDI workloads with VMware Horizon View 5.2.

If that's not a mouthful already, there's plenty more under the hood packed in -- especially from Dell's side as the platform is comprised of pre-selected server, storage, networking, thin clients and infrastructure management software from the Round, Rock. Texas-based company.

The new system also stems from the resources acquired from Dell's purchase of cloud and software management provider Gale Technologies in November . VMware's Horizon View 5.2 essentially serves up the user experience while deploying personalized virtual desktops to multiple devices.

Overall, the infrastructure is designed to enable companies to more easily deploy and manage VDI workloads.

Janet Diaz from Dell's global marketing and communications team explained further in a blog post on Wednesday that this Dell-VMware collaboration is "is capable of running VDI along with general and specific workloads including cloud and enterprise applications in a converged infrastructure."

Specifying that the solution supports up to 135 users per compute node, Diaz outlined that the major benefits include rapid scalability, faster and easier provisioning, automated storage load balancing, and integrated data protection.

The Dell DVS Enterprise – Active System 800 with VMware Horizon View is slated to roll out in the United States in March, with a global launch scheduled for this summer.

Today's introduction follows a few other releases from this alliance, including a jointly-produced VDI designed to offer customers and channel partners with validated hardware configurations and vertically optimized reference architectures, which was unveiled during VMworld 2012 last August .

Topics: Virtualization, Data Centers, Data Management, Dell, VMWare

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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