Citrix partners with Dell for VDI appliance

Solution is designed to simplify desktop virtualisation deployments

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Citrix partners with Dell for VDI appliance Citrix Systems has partnered with Dell to develop a solution to simplify desktop virtualisation deployments. (Getty Images)
By  Georgina Enzer Published  February 29, 2012

Citrix Systems has partnered with Dell to deliver a new VDI appliance designed to simplify and accelerate desktop virtualisation deployments for the mass market.

The Dell DVS Simplified solution with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box will be sold through Dell's global sales team and channels.

Leveraging the all-in-one Citrix VDI-in-a-Box software, Dell and Citrix have created a simple integrated hardware VDI appliance that is pre-certified to support defined numbers of desktops. Based on the VDI-in-a-Box grid architecture running on Dell servers, the Dell DVS Simplified VDI appliance is designed to be easily installed to create and rapidly scale a virtual desktop deployment in response to business needs.

VDI is designed to be easily implemented by light IT organisations that may have previously lacked the resources and datacenter infrastructure needed for desktop virtualisation.

"We are seeing tremendous customer and partner momentum with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box as SMBs and departments within enterprises seek to capitalise on the benefits of delivering IT services from the cloud by virtualising desktops. Our relationship with Dell and the new integrated VDI appliance is aimed at making the transition to the cloud a no-brainer for our mutual customers, ultimately breaking down the barriers to VDI adoption for this very important customer segment through a repeatable, simple, affordable and predictable hardware VDI solution," said Krishna Subramanian, vice president, Marketing & Business Development, SMB Solutions, Citrix.

The VDI appliance is backed by a full Citrix Ready verified ecosystem, designed to provide customers with tested and validated workforce mobility solutions, which supports devices including PCs, Macs, thin clients, tablets, smartphones, along with peripherals such as web cams, printers, mice and keyboards.

The VDI-in-a-Box design eliminates multiple moving parts that can potentially result in higher costs and complexity of infrastructure. The all-in-one grid architecture is designed to enable a building-block approach by leveraging Dell's off-the-shelf servers. Scaling a deployment involves adding additional servers, with nothing to re-architect or reconfigure.

"Our customers look to Dell as a trusted companion to deploy desktop virtualisation solutions that help them promote workforce mobility, business continuity and streamlined IT management. Our new DVS Simplified solution with Citrix VDI-in-a-Box addresses these issues so companies can focus on their core business objectives. Dell's DVS Simplified dramatically reduces VDI deployment complexity, with nothing to architect, configure or install - simply power it on and go. What's more, the solution enables businesses of all sizes to realise the benefits of central desktop management that were previously reserved only for the largest enterprises," said Steve Lalla, vice president and general manager of Dell's Mobility Products and Solutions.

Citrix has further simplified virtualisation by creating an integrated VDI hardware appliance that comes pre-certified to support defined numbers of desktops. This solution simplifies and accelerates VDI deployment especially for non-enterprise customers who may lack the resources and datacenter infrastructure that desktop virtualisation may require.

The popular Citrix Ready verification program, which is designed to help customers identify third-party solutions that are recommended for Citrix technologies, now includes testing and validation for VDI-in-a-Box. Using the Citrix Receiver, users can connect from over one billion devices, including tablets, smartphones, Macs, PCs and thin clients to access their VDI-in-a-Box virtual desktop.

Citrix has also launched a comprehensive, four-hour technical training curriculum for VDI-in-a-Box available free of charge to qualified partners.

The Dell DVS Simplified appliance will be available from Dell this spring 2012.

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