A the VMWorld conference, Dell displayed its first Intel-based thin client that functions as an all-in-one unit for creating virtual desktops and “datacenters in a box” for small to medium-sized companies. Dan O’Farrell Senior Director of Marketing for cloud products at Dell said, “We’re really focusing on expanding the use cases, the feasibility, the viability and resourcefulness of virtual desktops to more organizations and to more people. We think desktop virtualization is on the cusp of going mainstream.”
Dell’s best selling thin-client unit has five connection options on the back and is efficient and convenient to use; “We wanted to create a device that literally can be put anywhere, ” said O’Farrell. The model provides double the processing power of the previous product. Dell’s Linux-based thin clients are ideal for clients who use multi-media, and is compatible with Dell’s 5000 and 7000 models. There are no local apps, since it is meant virtual desktops, is compatible with Teradici’s PCoIP protocol for connection with VMware.
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O’Farrell says this “data center in a box” is a boon to small and medium-sized businesses; “Consolidating storage into one unit could result in cost benefits of 10-40%.”