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Dell and Citrix team up for VDI push

24 May 2013
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Dell is refreshing its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) hardware lines for use with the Citrix XenDesktop platforms.

The company said that the update, which will include both server hardware for administrators and client units for end users, will allow companies to transition their IT infrastructure from networks of desktop PCs to virtual machines stored and hosted in a central location.

The rollout will include the launch of a new XenDesktop-optimised server system known as the Active System 800. The unit will pair Dell server hardware and management tools with the Citrix platform to create a system designed specifically to host VDI deployments.

The company is also looking to add support for improved graphics on VDI systems by adding integration for the Nvidia Grid platform. The Grid system allows companies to improve the 3D graphics performance on VDI systems, potentially allowing the systems to offer greatly improved graphics quality and performance speeds.

Dell is also looking to improve on the client hardware in its systems. The company is adding three new models to its Wyse client platform, which will offer improved connection speeds and better graphics performance.

Additionally, the company is looking to cut down on the cost of deploying VDI systems by adding the option for local storage. Dell said that its DVS enterprise integrated storage platform can help to drive down the initial cost of building a VDI infrastructure by reducing the strain on SAN appliances.

The company said that the effort was part of a campaign to strengthen its ties with Citrix and build on the company's XenDesktop virtualisation brand.

Dell vice president and general manager for cloud client computing Steve Lalla said: Our strong relationship with Citrix is evident more than ever within the innovative new technologies for Citrix’s desktop virtualisation solutions here at Citrix Synergy.

We have been able to raise the bar not only in our virtualised desktops, but also in the functionalities that we bring to our data centre infrastructure solutions that give users an improved computing experience and help to bring down the cost and complexity of managing a desktop virtualisation environment.”

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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