Dell adds workstation virtualization center of excellence

Dell today announced its Workstation Virtualization Center of Excellence and Dell Wyse Datacenter for Virtual Workstations solution.

The main aim of the two new initiatives is to support the growing use of graphics and data-intensive desktop virtualization workloads in enterprises globally, Dell said.

Dell said this is the first time a major technology company has worked with the ISV community, on behalf of the customer, to bring validated solutions to market in the form of reference architectures that can be readily deployed and easily scaled to meet varied customer needs within virtual environments.

“We are seeing a change in the way users of data and graphics intensive applications are able to securely access their data outside of the office. The idea of the fixed location-based workstation has changed as users need to be mobile and collaborate efficiently with others both within and outside of their organization,” said Andy Rhodes, executive director, Dell Precision.

Dell Workstation Virtualization Center of Excellence

Dell’s first Workstation Virtualization Center of Excellence (CoE) will provide a physical location and remote access capabilities for customers, channel partners and independent software vendors (ISVs) to evaluate the benefits of running their engineering, oil and gas, media and entertainment and other 2D and 3D applications on an end-to-end virtual workstation solution.


The CoE, located in the Dell Solutions Center in Round Rock, Texas, enables customers and partners to receive advice from Dell professionals on how to leverage virtualized workstations and architect a solution to best suit their business demands with no fiscal outlay.

ISVs can do compatibility test and certify existing applications for virtual workstation environments, and evolve their offerings to leverage the benefits of the new technology in this area, such as NVIDIA GRID, GPUs, which are designed for use in cloud deployments. Dell Solutions Center’s established methodology will enable these capabilities and resources to be replicated into other Dell Solutions Centers worldwide.

Dell Wyse Datacenter for Virtual Workstations

Dell is also introducing the Dell Wyse Datacenter for Virtual Workstations reference architectures that help customers simplify and speed the deployment of high-performance, reliable and secure desktop virtualization running graphic and data-intensive workloads.

This solution helps organizations gain workforce and IT efficiencies through secure sharing of applications and common data, rapid deployment and efficient scaling and centralized management of infrastructure.

The Dell Wyse Datacenter for Virtual Workstations can be deployed using Dell Precision R7610 rack workstations or Dell PowerEdge R720 rack servers with NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 graphic cards on the VMware Horizon View and Citrix XenDesktop platforms.

Powered by the latest Intel Xeon processors E5 v2 family featuring up to 12 cores, integrated I/O with PCIe 3.0 and AVX 2 for better data throughput and performance, resources can be allocated per user depending on their compute requirements giving them a highly configurable user experience.

In addition, SSDs can be used to decrease response times and increase user productivity. Users can connect via a diverse set of endpoints including desktops, laptops and tablets, Dell Precision tower and mobile workstations and Dell Wyse thin and zero clients.

The new Dell Wyse Datacenter for Virtual Workstations enables employees running demanding workloads to benefit not only from increased geographic flexibility through mobile access to applications, but also company BYOD programs, resulting in improved workflows, significant time savings and increased employee morale.

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