Dell has extended its portfolio of products for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with a new server appliance aimed at Citrix environments, alongside updated management tools including Wyse Device Manager 5.5 for endpoints and Foglight for Virtualisation 8.2 for monitoring and analysis of the infrastructure.
Announced at the Citrix Synergy event in Orlando, the Dell Appliance for Wyse - Citrix is aimed at making it easier for small and medium-sized business organisations to adopt Citrix-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) by delivering everything required in a pre-built system.
Available from Dell and Dell's PartnerDirect channel from this summer, the solution comprises Citrix's XenDesktop platform running on a Dell server, typically the PowerEdge R730 rack-mount system, with a configuration capable of hosting up to 200 users. When paired with Xenith thin clients from Dell's Wyse subsidiary, it provides a complete enterprise-ready desktop virtualisation solution, according to Dell.
The appliance is a pre-designed configuration that is as easy to order as a PC, and includes a set of Dell-designed wizards that reduce the number of tasks required to configure Citrix XenDesktop by more than 90 percent compared with manual deployment, Dell said. Pricing for the complete package starts at $410 (£260) per user.
For larger organisations, Dell already offers the Dell XC Web-scale Converged Appliance for VDI. This is based on Dell server hardware running the Nutanix platform with integrated compute and tiered storage, delivering a scalable solution that is well suited for running virtual desktop workloads.
Dell also announced Wyse Device Manager (WDM) 5.5 with enhancements to improve user experience, management and scalability. Due for availability within months, WDM 5.5 adds a health monitor interface providing a consolidated view of key performance statistics, along with a simplified installation.
Smaller organisations using the free WDM Workgroup Edition can now simultaneously update up to 250 endpoints, 10 times more than in previous releases, Dell said.
Meanwhile, Dell announced Foglight for Virtualisation 8.2, an update that now enables Citrix administrators to analyse and improve all aspects of the user experience in a VDI deployment by pinpointing and resolving performance bottlenecks, according to the firm.
The tool delivers a complete view of the underlying XenDesktop and XenApp infrastructure, allowing an administrator to analyse virtual desktops and streaming application sessions, as well as performance data from Active Directory, storage and network infrastructure.
Foglight for Virtualisation 8.2 is available now, with pricing starting at $7 (£4.50) per seat.
At the Synergy event in Orlando this week, Citrix also launched Citrix Workspace Cloud (CWC), a platform that enables the management and on-demand delivery of virtualised workspaces and apps via the cloud; along with the X1 mouse for iPad
that lets virtual desktop users navigate operating systems designed for laptops and PCs on the Apple tablet.
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