Citrix and Dell Launch Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Appliance

Citrix and Dell have partnered to launch a VDI (Virtual desktop infrastructure) appliance for the mass market. The Dell DVS Simplified solution with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box™ is an easy, repeatable solution that will be sold through Dell’s global sales team and channels.

Desktop Virtualization
Desktop Virtualization

Leveraging the all-in-one Citrix VDI-in-a-Box software, Dell and Citrix have created a simple integrated hardware VDI appliance that is pre-certified to support defined numbers of desktops. Based on the VDI-in-a-Box grid architecture running on Dell servers, the Dell DVS Simplified VDI appliance can be easily installed to create and rapidly scale a virtual desktop deployment in response to business needs, making VDI easily consumable by light IT  organizations/SMEs that may have previously lacked the resources and datacenter infrastructure needed for desktop virtualization.

The VDI appliance is backed by a full Citrix Ready® verified ecosystem, providing customers with tested and validated workforce mobility solutions – claims to be supporting over one billion devices, including PCs, Macs, thin clients, tablets, smartphones, along with peripherals such as web cams, printers, mice and keyboards.

This is an interesting development and is a step in making desktop PCs redundant (especially in enterprise space). The infrastructure to deploy virtual desktops amounts to only $260–$425 per virtual desktop. Workers can access their virtual desktops using repurposed existing PCs or Macs, or new thin clients and tablets and importantly, there is no need to determine how much disk, CPU and RAM to use. Simply unpack the box, power it on and go. Built on the VDI-in-a-Box grid architecture, adding virtual desktops is as simple as adding appliances like building blocks, and high-availability is built-in.

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