Dell unveils new virtual desktop portfolio catering to mobile workers

Summary:The PC maker boasts that these new product will cut the cost of VDI in half, adding that the portfolio includes the first dual-core and quad-core thin clients to offer virus immune endpoint solutions for enterprise customers.

With the PC industry facing arguably the worst time in its history, Dell is turning many of its efforts towards the enterprise market with more back-end solutions supporting current trends.

Namely, those two trends are cloud and mobile, which go hand-in-hand most of the time these days.

Unveiled amidst Citrix Synergy in Anaheim this week, Dell affirmed that the additions are specifically designed to complement virtual environments based on Citrix's XenDesktop and XenApp application delivery platforms.

Targeting enterprises with growing mobile workforces, the PC maker boasted that these new products could cut the cost of VDI in half, adding that the portfolio includes the first dual-core and quad-core thin clients to offer virus immune endpoint solutions.

Here's a rundown on each of the new products along with their scheduled release dates:

  • Dell DVS Enterprise Active System 800: Extends management features of Dell's Active System Manager from physical infrastructures to virtualized infrastructures and workloads. Available now for Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 FP1 in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, and Germany. Support for XenDesktop 7 in Q2.
  • Dell DVS Enterprise Integrated Storage: Supports local storage options meant to cut hardware costs for DVS Enterprise from $400 to less than $200 per user by eliminating the need to purchase a Storage Area Network. Available now for XenDesktop 5.6 FP1 in U.S., U.K., France, the Netherlands, and Germany. Support for XenDesktop 7 in Q2.
  • Dell Wyse Xenith Pro 2: Dell’s first dual-core zero client for unified communications and HD multimedia with scalable management for up to 100,000 devices. Available at the end of July 2013 worldwide for $399.
  • Dell Wyse D90Q7 and Z90Q7: Quad-core, fan-less, disk-less thin clients based on Windows Embedded supporting Citrix, Dell, Microsoft and VMware virtual environments. Also scalable to support management for up to 100,000 devices. Available early July 2013 in the U.S. and Europe.

Topics: Mobility, Cloud, Dell, Enterprise 2.0, Virtualization

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