Dell Debuts Desktop Virtualization Offering

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Dell is offering a variety of delivery models ranging from Virtual Desktop as a Service to custom solutions.

Technology giant Dell announced the availability of Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions, which utilizes prepackaged services with configured and tested hardware and software. DDVS was developed to ease the design and implementation complexities inherent in deploying virtualized desktop environments and accelerate the adoption of desktop virtualization.

Dell offers four delivery models designed to address specific customer business requirements and IT environments. Solution delivery models include Virtual Desktop as a Service (vDaaS), where Dell provides managed virtual desktops hosted from the Dell Cloud; a Managed Service solution, where Dell implements and manages the customer-purchased Integrated Solution Stack; and a Customer Managed solution, where the company implements the customer-purchased Integrated Solution Stack within the customer’s on-premises location.

Dell turns over management of operations, monitoring and incident resolution to the customer after the deployment is completed. This solution comes with ProSupport for Desktop Virtualization, providing the customer with a single support line for both hardware break/fix and solution troubleshooting inclusive of the software stack.

Finally, Dell offers deployment in a Custom solution model, where the company provides design, build and/or implementation consulting services to deliver custom-built solutions utilizing Dell’s ingredients and modified reference architectures. The ingredients include purpose-built hardware including PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic storage and PowerConnect networking.

Designed to accelerate return on investment and solution stability and part of DDVS, the Integrated Solution Stack is a configured and tested solution that includes hardware and software as well as Dell Services. The Integrated Solution Stack represents over 50,000 hours of testing and validation—all designed to simplify virtualized deployments.

The company also announced plans to expand DDVS to include solutions specifically designed for vertical markets. Examples of purpose-built vertical solutions currently available from Dell include Virtual Lab for education institutions and Mobile Clinical Computing Solution for clinicians in health care. Dell Services, including ProConsult, ProManage and ProSupport for Desktop Virtualization, are utilized to properly size, configure, manage and/or support the solutions.

"Desktop virtualization offers customers an opportunity to drive technology productivity by streamlining and simplifying the management of the desktop, enabling workers to use virtually any device, anytime, from anywhere," said Jan Uhrich, vice president of solutions for Dell. "Given Dell's proven strengths in both managing the entire set of hardware and software assets as well as services capabilities, organizations know the solution is fully unified and integrated, helping them achieve an efficient enterprise."