Dell Adds to Its VDI, Thin-Client Lineup
The company introduces an enhanced Dell Virtual Lab 2.0 package, aimed at educational use cases, along with new OptiPlex FX170 and FX130 thin-client offerings.Dell, knowing that the trend toward virtual desktops is still ramping up, isn't wasting any time moving ahead with its virtual desktop infrastructure and thin-client product lines. The company on May 25 introduced an enhanced Dell Virtual Lab 2.0 package, aimed at educational use cases, along with new Dell OptiPlex FX170 and FX130 thin-client offerings.
Virtual Lab 2.0, Dell's higher-education package designed specifically for colleges and universities, has added validation testing on six of its popular applications, allowing students and faculty members free access to secure, lab-based software at any time-and from any device-they choose.
- optional support for dual monitors;
- the ability to centrally manage data and images in the data center;
- fan-less systems with no moving parts;
- measurements less than 1.5 inches wide and weight less than 1.5 pounds; and
- Standard Dell ProSupport for simple, quick hardware replacement.
These desktop virtualization systems can be cloud- or locally-based and are comprised of prepackaged services with pretested hardware and software, Dell Director of Solutions Program Management Terry Vaughn told eWEEK. Very little IT-specialist work needs to be done for installation. Citrix and/or VMware supply the virtual desktop software secret sauce for these new packages. Dell supplies its PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic storage and PowerConnect networking.