Today Dell announced a suite of new enterprise solutions and services. Dell and Citrix partnered on several important items within that announcement.

  • DVS Simplified: a single server SKU appliance that integrates Citrix’s VDI-in-a-Box software designed for organizations looking for a simple and affordable way to deploy VDI.
  • DVS Enterprise: an enterprise capable solution for the more demanding and comprehensive desktop virtualization deployments. Designed to reduce initial desktop virtualization acquisition costs by accommodating customers with deployments starting around 50 users and easily scaling to thousands of seats of XenDesktop.

In addition to our exciting new joint collaborative offerings, Dell also announced a full portfolio of new blade, rack, and tower PowerEdge servers to support customers ranging from small business to hyper-scale data centers.

The new 12th generation PowerEdge severs, along with management and workload solutions, will deliver dramatic performance and management gains to more effectively power the most popular and demanding business applications and workloads.

Dell worked with partners to design specific features to better run workloads like high-power computing, collaboration, database, ERP, business intelligence, and data warehousing.

Dell’s 12th generation PowerEdge server launch ushers in a new era for computing specific to the desktop virtualization space. These new servers, equipped with Intel Xeon E5 (Sandy Bridge) CPUs, up to ¾ of a terabyte of memory at the ready, and up to 16 2.5” SAS or SSD hard drives (in the 2U server line) leave a lot of headroom for exciting desktop virtualization potential in both rack and blade forms. Dell’s Desktop Virtualization Solutions leverage a careful configuration blend to capitalize on the maximum potential of this new platform; all while ensuring that bang-for-the-buck remains intact.

Dell and Citrix are working together on providing a best-integrated architecture based on the 12th generation platform. Dell is also in the process of completing characterization work with XenDesktop, and from the results thus far, they are expecting a significant increase in per-server user densities over the previous 11G platform. This in turn will contribute to a reduction in overall datacenter footprint and relative per-seat costs.

Be on the lookout for a future blog post where we share the results from the XenDesktop on 12G characterization work currently being performed by Dell.