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Dell continues Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS) momentum

DVS Simplified offers easy-to-install and manage plug-and-play solutions.


Date: 16 May 2012

Following the recent announcement on its intent to acquire Wyse, Dell is continuing its momentum in the desktop virtualization space in the U.K., France, Germany and The Netherlands with the availability of end-to-end offerings that are designed to help a wide range of organisations implement virtual desktop technology and deliver productivity benefits for end-users and IT.

With trained Sales and Services Specialists in each country, the new solutions include:
• DVS Simplified Appliance, which delivers easy-to-install and easy-to-manage plug-and-play solutions for organisations with limited IT complexity - including Citrix VDI-in-a-Box software for easy, repeatable deployment.
• DVS Enterprise, for large-scale rollouts and for more demanding IT environments - integrating technology from VMware and Citrix.
• DVS Simplified Desktop as a Service (DaaS), a forthcoming solution based on Desktone’s leading software platform.

“Our portfolio of DVS solutions help organisations 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. “An increasing number of customers are 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 to fit diverse user needs.”

“Dell’s DVS offerings are now more flexible, scalable and offer better performance – and appeal - to a range of customers with a variety of IT environments as a result,” said John Abbott, Chief Analyst, 451 Research. “We see this as an important differentiator for Dell as it continues to grow its footprint in the desktop virtualization space.”

DVS Enterprise
DVS Enterprise is designed for organisations 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 Desktop Virtualization Solutions.

“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.”

Oundle School, the third largest boarding school in the U.K., recently deployed Dell’s DVS Enterprise solution which ensures that applications and critical information can be accessed anywhere on demand, improving effectiveness and efficiency of the school.

“At Oundle School, we are focused on providing a top notch education experience and therefore require a controlled, reliable, safe and flexible IT environment,” said Ian Peacock, Director of Computer Services, Oundle School. “With Dell’s Desktop Virtualization Solutions, we get that.”

DVS Simplified Appliance
DVS Simplified Appliance is an easy, affordable, all-in-one desktop virtualization appliance for organisations 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 setup 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 now or through Dell PartnerDirect resellers on May 22. 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 Simplified DaaS
DVS Simplified DaaS utilises Desktone’s Desktops as a Service (DaaS) software platform and Dell’s global data centers and Services to provide quick, seamless deployment of VDI environments. Available next quarter, 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 organisations, 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 data center 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.”


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