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HPE Intros New Virtual Desktop Wares Amid COVID-19 Remote Work Surge

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology to address the huge upsurge in remote work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fleets of workers at organizations of all sizes have moved to work-at-home schemes, straining networks, cloud services and prompting increased use of VDI and new products and services from several vendors, including Citrix, Cisco and VMware (for the latter, see hands-on guidance from our VDI expert in the article "Working from Home Via VMware Horizon in the Age of COVID").

In HPE's case, it introduced a beefier VDI solution along with separate pre-configured solutions for organizations of all sizes built on its servers. Financing offers were also unveiled.

The more-powerful VDI solution aimed at remote power workers sees the high-performance HPE Moonshot (for the financial services market) shipping with the new HPE ProLiant m750 server blade. HPE claimed a 70 percent performance boost along with 25 percent less energy use than its previous generation when Moonshot is deployed as a bare-metal VDI.

"HPE is also offering new, pre-configured VDI solutions to support small, medium and enterprise customers," the company said. "Built on either HPE ProLiant or HPE Synergy servers, these solutions can start as small as 80 users and scale to over 2,000 remote workers and are designed for Citrix and VMware environments."

Like many other tech vendors, HPE has summarized its efforts taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including "a portfolio of solutions for remote access through Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that can be implemented quickly and scaled rapidly."

Another VDI-based "as-a-Service" offering -- HPE GreenLake -- was detailed in a separate blog post. "HPE GreenLake VDI provides you with a fully managed and supported VDI environment and supports both Citrix and VMware environments," the post said.

The company said to check with local sales outlets or authorized resellers for availability of the wares introduced last week.

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