Dell Introduces Power-Conserving Enterprise Desktops, First Thin Client

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-10-28 Print this article Print

The environmental IT mindset is moving to the workplace desktop. Dell announces wholesale upgrades in its high-end OptiPlex commercial desktop computer line that center around major power consumption cuts--in some cases nearly half--and a new feature set. The company also introduces its first thin-client desktop.

Green IT has made a lot of headway in the data center during the past 18 months with the deployment of improved power supplies and power-saving servers, storage arrays and special-purpose appliances.

Now the environmental IT mindset is moving to the workplace desktop. Dell on Oct. 28 announced wholesale upgrades in its high-end OptiPlex commercial desktop computer line that center around major power consumption cuts-in some cases nearly half-and a new feature set.

The company also launched four entirely new power-conserving OptiPlex models.

Finally, Dell introduced its first thin-client desktop, something that Wyse, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM/Devon and others have been making for years.

"We're refreshing our entire OptiPlex commercial desktop line. We're refreshing some products and expanding into other usage models and customer feature capabilities that we don't have today," Darrel Ward, director of Dell's Product Group, told eWEEK. "We're taking the two OptiPlex desktops we have today, doing some segmentation. ... We'll also be launching four new OptiPlexes."

Key feature points and pricing in the OptiPlex line include:

  • OptiPlex 960: Enables up to 43 percent less power consumption over the previous generation of OptiPlex desktops; optional QuietKit technology reduces noise by as much as 60 percent. Available in three chassis styles (minitower, desktop and small form factor); pricing starts at $863.
  • OptiPlex 760: Offers mainstream security, productivity and energy-efficient features with improved management capabilities; pricing starts at $593.
  • OptiPlex 360: Basic desktop for small and midsize businesses and small offices/home offices; pricing starts at $476.
  • OptiPlex FX160: Dell's first thin client supports embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations; pricing starts at $399.

In coordination with the release of the thin client and new desktops, Dell also said it is expanding its year-old Flexible Computing Solutions package to include availability of on-demand desktop streaming and the company's new Virtual Remote Desktop offering.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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