Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler

Sarah Richardson, Corporate Communications, Dell | 3/16/2011 | 10 comments

Sarah Richardson
If you’re a regular on sites like Network World or Channel Insider, you would have read the announcement of our new Desktop Virtualization (DDVS) offering built on Citrix XenDesktop. Below is a guest blog post outlining more about DDVS and our collaboration with Citrix, from Natalie Lambert. Director of Product Marketing at Citrix Systems, Lambert is responsible for the go-to-market strategy of XenDesktop. In her role, she is driving Web-based programs and key alliances to ensure broad understanding of desktop virtualization. She joined Citrix in 2009 after seven years at Forrester Research, where she was the leading expert on desktop virtualization, desktop management, and desktop security.

Desktop virtualization is a top priority for CIOs today. Why? Because desktop virtualization, in all of its various forms, can address some of the biggest business initiatives on the CIO's plate, such as compliance, global expansion, flexible working, consumerization, business continuity... the list goes on. However, there are still many companies that perceive desktop virtualization as too complex -- they have questions around infrastructure investments (servers, storage, networking, etc.), as well as understanding the different software components and endpoints. So fine, it may not appear that it will be the easiest initiative you will tackle in 2011.

Dell this week announced the availability of Dell Desktop Virtualization Solution (DDVS) built on Citrix XenDesktop. DDVS is a comprehensive solution portfolio that leverages pre-packaged, configured, and tested hardware, software, and services to help companies adopt and implement desktop virtualization and address the perceived complexity. If you pull down the covers, the capabilities that excite me about this announcement really fit into three categories:

  1. Dell and Citrix know that desktop virtualization is about providing customers with choice. Not all customers are the same, so their desktop virtualization implementations shouldn't be either. DDVS powered by Citrix XenDesktop delivers every type of virtual desktop (including VDI, shared hosted, and streamed), all apps (such as Windows, Web, and Saas), and data in a single, pre-configured solution. This enables companies to allow their employees to use any device to access all of the desktops, applications, and data they need to get their job done -- securely and with the best user experience.

  2. Dell won't let customers fail with desktop virtualization. With a comprehensive methodology, Dell will work with customers to define the right desktop virtualization solution to meet their needs. How? By working directly with customers to understand their challenges and needs, informing them of the options, and then designing, planning, and proposing a solution. And since DDVS, along with XenDesktop, includes every type of virtual desktop and app, solutions can be customized to meet user-specific needs of every organization.

  3. Dell provides implementation and management options specific to customer needs. Upon solution agreement, Dell will implement and/or operate the solution based on customer preference. This means that customers who want their solutions implemented on-premises have that option; for customers that want the solution hosted by Dell, well, that's fine, too. Same goes for solution management -- Dell gives customers the option for the entire solution (on premises or hosted by Dell) to be managed as a service by Dell. At the end of the day, this ensures desktop transformation success every time.

As companies use 2011 to transform their desktop environments, they need to be assured that their vendors are there to support them every step of the way. I am excited to announce that Dell will do just this -- from the initial assessment, to the design and user segmentation, to the actual implementation and support. Talk about desktop virtualization made simple!

We welcome any questions or comments below or on Twitter (@Citrix and @nflambert).

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batye   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   4/3/2011 10:27:25 PM
Re: Anything Would be Better Than Microsoft Remote Desktop

Dell this week announced the availability of Dell Desktop Virtualization Solution (DDVS) built on Citrix XenDesktop.- got raving review's as all in one total solution

hopefully technology get picked up by Big Corporation's as indeed Citrix always have a good grip on security..

but time will tell if CEO get it... and aproved it.. 

DBK   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   4/1/2011 11:13:31 PM
Re: Anything Would be Better Than Microsoft Remote Desktop
Plus with the touch screen it adds annotation capability in the same wireless environment
suranjithfernando   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   4/1/2011 8:12:53 AM
Re: Anything Would be Better Than Microsoft Remote Desktop
Yes, that's true.
DBK   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   3/31/2011 3:18:35 PM
Re: Anything Would be Better Than Microsoft Remote Desktop
As the tablets gain market share and the apps are developed quickly it gets really easy and cheap to integrate.  In the more traditional Audio-Visual market segment room automation system use touch screens and they cost between 3-7K depending on the size.  This has been one of biggest objections to adoption and now you can use the tablet and tie it into the wifi and go, much cheaper and deeper.
suranjithfernando   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   3/31/2011 5:27:42 AM
Re: Anything Would be Better Than Microsoft Remote Desktop
This sounds great... thumbs up for your worth solution.
DBK   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   3/30/2011 12:14:43 PM
Re: Anything Would be Better Than Microsoft Remote Desktop

As you mention this about healthcare I am working on a solution that will allow the doctors to use an i-PAD to connect to the EMR in a wireless environment.  The key to security, and I mean security of patient information, is that the data is resides securely on the Dr’s host desk side CPU, or in the cloud, not on the i-PAD.  The i-PAD is simply an interface or a gate way to the cloud.  I will also enable them to PAC’s data and key information that is available in their cloud and use for clinical but not diagnostics.  Pretty cool and not expensive either.  The app that enables this is under $100.00 and was originally designed for annotation in education, but I think they have another good sized fish to fry with it.

eethtworkz   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   3/30/2011 10:27:43 AM
Dell won't let customers fail with desktop virtualization. ...

Great post!Unfortunately for most entrenched IT staff like me,IT companies like yoruself need to go beyond the marketing and deliver actual performance for us to believe you.

Too much of IT Marketing is today totally unsuited to Companies real needs.

Its time for customer-centric marketing if ever there was a time for that.


suranjithfernando   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   3/30/2011 9:45:50 AM
Re: Anything Would be Better Than Microsoft Remote Desktop
Yes, I agree with you.

But, all in all, there are some drawbacks to desktop virtualization. It requires constant Internet connectivity, so laptops are not protected against data leaks when employees are working on planes or in other places without Internet access. Apart from the drawbacks, real advantage is, all data is located and all processing is done centrally... and most businesses particularly in the finance, healthcare and government sectors are looking at virtualization specifically for security reasons. A good move!
nimanthad   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   3/22/2011 5:52:41 AM
Re: Anything Would be Better Than Microsoft Remote Desktop
Virtualization has a lot more to offer and citrex does a great job in finding solutions right on time.
DBK   Desktop Virtualization Just Got Simpler   3/19/2011 9:00:47 PM
Re: Anything Would be Better Than Microsoft Remote Desktop

Citrix does offer solid solutions and they have a good grip on security.  I can see this being a great offering for them.

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