The Year of the Virtual Desktop- really!

Since 2010, IT industry analysts have predicted the “Year of the Virtual Desktop” which has subsequently been met with limited fanfare or increase in market penetration.  Why has this been the case?  The benefits that desktop virtualization brings are strong and well known- increased end user productivity by enabling remote and BYOD capabilities, freeing up IT resources by streamlining management, and strengthened security of vital data.  However, barriers such as perceived cost and complexity around desktop virtualization deployments- especially for small and mid-sized organizations-have prevented the mass adoption predicted.

At Dell, we’re embracing  2012 as the “Year of the Virtual Desktop” and supporting the influx of BYOD initiatives through our focus on Dell Cloud Client Computing.  These end-to-end desktop virtualization solutions help break down the perceived barriers  and allow organizations to provide any app to any user on any device- securely and easy to manage.

One of the most popular cloud client computing solutions that we’ve launched this year to our customers and partners is the Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS) Simplified Appliance.   The appliance is a simple, practical VDI appliance that integrates pre-configured 12th generation Dell PowerEdge servers with factory-installed Citrix VDI-in-a-box software, world-class Dell ProSupport™ for both hardware and software, and optional Dell Wyse thin or zero clients like the new Wyse Xenith 2

The DVS Simplified Appliance has made VDI simple to implement and extremely cost-effective for customers, and  today we’re announcing the addition of a  NEW PowerEdge T620 tower version to the appliance lineup for installations where rack mounting is not needed or desired- and it delivers the same performance and scalability for demanding VDI workloads as the R720 rack model.  We’re also announcing even more flexibility with the DVS Simplified Appliance- now you can chose from Microsoft Hyper-V or Citrix XenServer as the integrated hypervisor.

Finally, for organizations requiring small deployments without need to scale in the future, Dell is now offering an entry-level 50 user appliance configuration to allow organizations with the greatest budget constraints to enjoy all of the benefits that a VDI solution brings.

We invite our PartnerDirect partners to join us in making 2012 the Year of the Virtual Desktop and Dell is enabling partners to do that by providing the tools and resources they need.  To learn more, simply visit the DVS Partner Portal on PartnerDirect.

About the Author: Eric Selken