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Dell Targets VDI Cost Reductions

Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace can be targeted for deployments as small as 10 seats and upwards of thousands, for as little as $250 per seat.

Dell has added a converged infrastructure solution to its cloud client-computing line, with the aim of effectively reducing costs of VDI deployments to around $250 per seat. The solution, Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace, can be used for deployments as small as 10 seats and upwards of thousands.

Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace is basically the combination of Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Dell vWorkspace desktop virtualization platform, sitting on top of a Dell PowerEdge R720 server and a mix of Dell networking, hardware and services. Dell vWorkspace is optional, but the company recommends it for large-scale deployments, since it includes Foglight for Virtual Desktops, which can be useful in troubleshooting performance and connection issues.

Some key features of this setup include support for Windows 8.1, a Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI plug-in, online data deduplication feature, and support for Microsoft's Storage Spaces storage virtualization implementation in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Dell vWorkspace is currently at version 8. The technology was developed by Quest Software, which was acquired by Dell early last year.

On a related note, Dell also announced hardware support for Storage Spaces within its PowerEdge and PowerVault boxes. It's the second company to do so, along with NTTX Select, a UK service provider who says it built a data center entirely on a Windows Server 2012 foundation with Storage Spaces for managing the storage infrastructure.

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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