Dell Pushes Workstation Virtualization Vision
The virtual workstations will be another way for customers to access capabilities of the system, while meeting what Rhodes said were some of the key trends in enterprise environments. That includes security, given the rise of the increasingly mobile employee and the rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies. Having the data stored in the data center and able to be accessed remotely reduces the risks inherent in having the data spread around the world in users' systems, he said. In addition, it can add to the drive for greater collaboration among employees, according to Rhodes. It also means that anyone can access the data from any device, such as tablet, PC, other workstation, or thin or zero client from Dell's Wyse business. "The days of one person being able to finish one project are done," he said. "You [now] have multiple people collaborating all the time." It also improves the workflow for businesses, enabling them to speed up the creation of content by being able to leverage other virtualized workstations.The first of the reference architectures also will be optimized for applications from such vendors as Siemens, AutoDesk and SolidWorks. During the event, several Dell customers spoke about how they were using the vendor's workstations and other technologies. Richard Sparkman, IT director for carmaker Shelby American, said his company has been using Dell workstations since 1999 and is an all-Dell shop. The products have helped reduce the time it takes for Shelby to create designs. "Our product development for cars has gone from years to months to weeks and even to days, in certain cases," he said.
The virtualized workstation reference architectures can be deployed either using Precision R7610 rack workstations housed in the data center or PowerEdge R720 rack servers. Both the workstations and servers run on Intel's Xeon E5 v2 chips—which can hold up to 12 cores—and Nvidia's Grid K1 or K2 graphics cards. Organizations can also use solid-state disks (SSDs) to further improve response times.