Dell expands cloud client solutions to support Windows Server 2012 R2 and Dell vWorkspace

Enterprise IT vendor Dell has expanded its cloud client solutions to incorporate support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Dell vWorkspace.

As part of the strategy, Dell will combine existing infrastructure offerings for Windows Server 2012 R2 and for vWorkspace into a single, Hyper-V based desktop virtualization solution.

Starting at under $250 per seat including data center infrastructure, licensing and a three year Dell ProSupport subscription, the new reference architecture will deliver performance, agility and efficiency, while ensuring enterprise-level VDI features for one of the lowest price-per-seat solutions available today.

Dell says its Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace is a cost-effective solution that can scale from ten to tens of thousands of seats. It is suitable for organizations wishing to leverage their data center investment and existing expertise in Microsoft infrastructure to provide workers secure and flexible access to data and applications.

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The solution supports a greater range of audio and graphics applications enabling IT departments to virtualize applications, including unified communications on Microsoft Lync 2013 and virtualized shared graphics with AMD FireProTM S9000, S7000 and W7000 cards.

Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 and Intel Ivy Bridge processors delivers user density up to 225 users per R720 server, set up either as RDSH, pooled or persistent Windows 8.1 VMs

It offers support for affordable personal desktops with a persistent profile, taking advantage of Windows Server 2012 R2 built-in active data deduplication feature.

In addition, it ensures unified communications support with the Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI plug-in for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8 end points increases user productivity without affecting server user density

Virtualized shared graphics using AMD FireProTM S9000, S7000 & W7000 server GPUs provide up to 85 Shared Graphics users per R720 server.

Dell enables a low cost per VDI seat through high-user density, optimized licensing price structure, data deduplication in Windows Server 2012 R2, reduced storage space requirements by up to 93 percent on persistent desktops and low IOPS requirements.

With vWorkspace HyperCache and HyperDeploy, IT can provision 150 Windows 8.1 Virtual Machines in only 26 minutes, resulting in significant infrastructure savings while increasing speed of deployment.

Klaas Langhout, principal director project management, Windows Server, Microsoft, said: “Dell Wyse Datacenter for Microsoft VDI and vWorkspace will allow IT to use their existing skills on Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V to reduce operating and capital expenditures with RDP deployments.”

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