Infotech Lead America: Dell and VMware have expanded their partnership to simplify the delivery of desktop virtualization solutions, the companies announced at the VMworld 2012.
More than 60 percent of customers are planning to roll out or evaluate desktop virtualization in 2012, according to a study conducted by Spiceworks in April 2012. Channel partners are keen to address this demand by offering solutions that work seamlessly and offer greater flexibility to customers.
Dell and VMware have agreed to deliver new turnkey virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) bundles based on VMware View to provide customers and channel partners with a tested and validated hardware configurations and vertically optimized reference architectures.
Dell vStart for VDI, with VMware View bundle, combines Dell vStart preconfigured and tested server, storage and networking hardware that has been validated and optimized by VMware for optimum performance and scalability with VMware View. The bundle also includes Dell Wyse cloud clients designed for VMware View.
The combined technology helps customers and channel partners deliver more effective desktop virtualization solutions faster to drive business advantages, embrace bring your own device (BYOD) and mobility challenges and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
Channel partners will also be able to deliver a wide range of solutions from turnkey “View-in-a-box,” to a la carte components needed to expand existing VMware View installations. Moreover, solutions will be available in configurations optimized for healthcare, education and government organizations, as well as for the specific BYOD and mobility needs of private businesses.
“We are pleased to expand our strategic relationship with Dell to provide our joint channel partners and customers VDI solutions that offer security, ease of deployment and scalability,” said Vittorio Viarengo, vice president, End-User Computing, VMware. “With the new vStart for VDI with VMware View, we are enabling small and midsize businesses to quickly transform their organizations and help their employees work smarter, while reducing costs and driving efficiencies in IT.”
“Through our strategic relationship with VMware, we have devised a number of turnkey VMware View configurations, reference architectures and incentives to provide our joint partners with the tools needed to rapidly provide enhanced value to customers and prospects in the mid-market segment,” Tarkan Maner, vice president and general manager, Cloud Client Computing at Dell.