Dell Brings Workstations Into Age of Virtualization

Dell Brings Workstations Into Age of Virtualization
Expanding the Workstation in the Data Center
Making the Workstation Argument
Opening Another Center of Excellence
Virtual Workstations at Work
Into the Data Center
The Virtualized Environment at Work
Mapping It All Out
Workstations Gone Mobile
Choosing the Materials for the Systems
The Tower of Power
Partnerships a Key to Workstation Strategy
Customers Tell Their Stories
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Dell Brings Workstations Into Age of Virtualization

By Jeffrey Burt

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Expanding the Workstation in the Data Center

Dell brought the workstation into the data center with the launch last year of the Precision R7610 rack system. Workstation virtualization expands on the concept.

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Making the Workstation Argument

Some companies choose to run their compute-intensive workloads on high-end PCs rather than the more expensive workstations. The problem is that those PCs don't have some of the capabilities of the workstations, such as Intel's Xeon server chips and higher-end graphics capabilities, Dell's Rhodes said.

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Opening Another Center of Excellence

Dell officials cut the ribbon, officially opening the Workstation Virtualization Center of Excellence in Round Rock.

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Virtual Workstations at Work

Dell lined up various endpoints—from PCs to tablets—that were running applications housed in the facility's data center, showing off how workstation virtualization can work.

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Into the Data Center

Journalists and analysts got a look at the data center, where the R7610 rack workstations and PowerEdge R720 servers make up the foundation of the workstation virtualization center.

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The Virtualized Environment at Work

The demonstration was being run via a rack in the data center that housed physical workstations and servers powered by Intel Xeon chips and Nvidia GPUs, and running virtualization technology from VMware and Nvidia.

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Mapping It All Out

Dell customers and software partners who come to the Workstation Virtualization Center of Excellence can also look at the whiteboard to see how the whole system works, from the technologies used on the back end to some of the software that is optimized to run in the environment.

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Workstations Gone Mobile

Dell officials said the company was the first to launch mobile workstations and, during the event, showed off the Precision M3800 and M4800 mobile workstations.

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Choosing the Materials for the Systems

Paul Doczy, design director for Dell's mobile business, talks about the process his team underwent when deciding which materials to use for the M3800.

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The Tower of Power

Dell officials also demonstrated the Precision T7160 tower workstation.

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Partnerships a Key to Workstation Strategy

The system demonstrations also showed off how the workstations can work with other vendors' products. In this case, it was MakerBot's Replicator 3D printing machine, which already had pumped out a pair of high heels, a toy pink elephant and a miniature replica of the Death Star from "Star Wars."

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Customers Tell Their Stories

At the event, several customers talked about what they were able to accomplish using Dell systems, including Precision workstations. One was carmaker Shelby American, which used Dell workstations to design parts for the Shelby Raptor, a customized truck that features a 575-horsepower engine and was driven from California to Texas for the event.

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