Dell, Liquidware Labs Team Up on Desktop Virtualization

Dell Services representatives will leverage migration and monitoring tools from Liquidware Labs to make it easier to migrate businesses to a desktop virtualization environment.

Dell Services is teaming up with Liquidware Labs to make it easier for businesses to make the migration to virtual desktop environments.

Dell Services officials said July 15 that they will leverage Liquidware Labs' Stratusphere and ProfileUnity products to help assess a business's existing desktop environment, migrate user data and documents onto virtual desktops, and configure the new desktops.

The migration and monitoring tools from Liquidware Labs will enable Dell Services representatives to more efficiently help enterprises move tens of thousands of physical desktops into a virtualized environment, according to Dell officials.

"As we researched software and technologies that enhance virtual desktop services, we found that Liquidware Labs' end-to-end set of solutions helps eliminate inefficiencies and simplifies the process for customers," Mark Bilger, services product group leader for Dell Services, said in a statement. "We rigorously tested and evaluated the software and determined it provided a high level of support metrics and a comprehensive solution for planning and migrating customers' desktops into virtual desktop environments."

Liquidware Labs' software also will enable Dell Services officials to accelerate the adoption capabilities and lower the costs of new desktop software such as Microsoft's Windows 7, VMware View and Citrix Systems' XenDesktop.

Through the software, Dell Services also will be able to ensure service levels through user experience reports and provide ongoing management capabilities.

Dell has been aggressively building out its services business since it bought Perot Systems for $3.9 billion last year. Dell Services in January announced a $42 million military contract for network operations, desktop services and communications at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. The unit also is expanding into several areas, such as virtualization for health care institutions.