Dell Cuts the Cost of Desktop Virtualization Infrastructure in Half with New Integrated Storage Infrastructure Solution for Citrix XenDesktop 7

Today at Citrix Synergy, Dell introduced the latest addition to its family of end-to-end efficient, affordable, and secure virtual desktop infrastructure solutions, Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS) Enterprise Integrated Storage for Citrix XenDesktop 7. The new solution uses local storage, lowering the barrier to entry for organizations interested in moving to cloud client computing. Awarded Best in Show in the Virtualization category at Citrix Synergy 2013, the solution is a game changer that lowers the cost of desktop virtualization infrastructure while retaining essential enterprise functionality in an easy-to-use configuration.

Using local storage reduces the cost of hardware acquisition for DVS Enterprise from $400 to less than $200 per user. This more than 50 percent cost savings makes desktop virtualization a reality for a wider range of organizations while providing them with the tools to work securely and productively in any location with a broad range of applications.

Small and medium businesses that would benefit from the flexibility of desktop virtualization may be deterred from implementing a virtual desktop environment because of the perceived high upfront cost. Dell’s Integrated Storage solution enables growing businesses to scale their virtual desktop adoption as they add users and upgrade as their needs grow. This option also gives organizations such as government, finance, or healthcare, the ability to pilot virtual desktops and build their business case without risking a large upfront investment.

Integrated Storage configuration for DVS Enterprise

DVS Enterprise Integrated Storage solution is a comprehensive enterprise-class solution designed to be simple to plan, order, deploy, support, and expand. Key specifications include:

  • Citrix XenDesktop 7: This powerful combination provides an unmatched range of application support in a VDI environment with a best-in-class management experience.
  • Dell PowerEdge R720 rack server with local tier 1 storage: By building the solution on a rack server instead of a blade server (which is the standard for existing solutions in the industry), Dell enables customers to provision compute and management functions on a single server.
  • Entry Level Configuration: DVS Enterprise Integrated Storage solution starts with infrastructure that supports as few as 50 users and can be scaled to support thousands of users.  Suited for organizations looking for a low cost on-ramp to desktop virtualization running XenDesktop, they can take advantage of the combination of enterprise features and low cost of implementation, and scale with Dell as they grow.

DVS Enterprise Integrated Storage solution is one of many new cloud client computing solutions Dell announced today at Citrix Synergy for Citrix virtualized desktop environments to enable increasingly mobile and cloud-based work styles. Dell and Citrix continue to build on their strategic partnership by creating new joint initiatives and tools designed to reduce the cost and complexity of managing a desktop virtualization environment.

Dell is showcasing new solutions for Citrix at Citrix Synergy this week. If attending Synergy, stop by booth #200 for more details.

Pricing and Availability

DVS Enterprise Integrated Storage solution for Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 is available immediately in US, UK, France, Netherlands, and Germany. Citrix XenDesktop 7 will be available Q2.  Pricing begins at less than $200 per seat.

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