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Dell EMC Adds New Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for VDI

Dell EMC releases expanded hyper-converged infrastructure appliances for VDI for high-density and graphic-heavy work.

By Elizabeth O'Dowd

Dell EMC announced the expansion of its hyper-converged infrastructure for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) with Dell EMC VxRail Appliance 4.0 solutions for Citrix XenDesktop.

Dell EMC updates VxRail VDi appliance.

The hyper-converged solutions offer a flexible and scalable VDI solution for enterprises across all major industries including healthcare. Hyper-convergence is a type of infrastructure that utilizes software to integrate infrastructure solutions including networking, virtualization, and storage resources in a single hardware box.

VxRail Appliances are built for high-density work including graphics and can easily scale and deploy for on-premise users as well as remote users.

Dell EMC has released VxRail 4.0 for Citrix XenDesktop to increase the adoption rate of VDI by producing a multi-use case appliance for organizations of all sizes.

“Organizations today have a variety of profiles within their IT environment from the task worker to the power user, and are looking for solutions that can address these needs without adding cost and complexity,” said Steve Lalla, senior vice president, Dell Commercial Client Software & Solutions. “The Dell EMC VxRail Appliance solution for Citrix XenDesktop for VDI is easy to deploy and manage, yet offers higher performance and flexibility for multiple use cases.”

The appliances are available with all-flash or hybrid options and are scalable according to organization and end user demands.

“The hyper-converged solution configurations are specifically optimized for client virtualization in order to provide simplified deployment and management of virtual workspace, Dell EMC explained in the release. “It offers flexibility and high performance to accommodate a variety of needs with the additional functionality of enhanced virtualized graphics for demanding use cases.”

The Dell EMC VxRail solution provides organizations and users with management and scalability options including:

  • Flexibility and scale: single node scaling that allows customers to start small with an initial three-node cluster and scale as required with a predictable, fixed per-seat cost;
  • Simplified management: single management console of the entire appliance with included high availability, backup and data recovery;
  • Discrete GPU capabilities: for uncompromising, graphics-rich experiences and productivity with the option of the NVIDIA M60 GPU with NVIDIA GRID software.

The VxRail appliance is designed specifically for VDI environments and organizations looking for hyper-converged solutions.

VDI is gaining popularity in healthcare as part of a larger drive for virtual health IT infrastructure. VDI supports the active workflow of many healthcare organizations by allowing clinicians to take traditionally stationary desktops with them as they move throughout their day.

“The ability to allow rapid access to a desktop from various clinical areas is a foundational need for most organizations,” Vice President of Information Technology and CIO for Faith Regional Health Services Brian Sterud told EHRIntelligence.com. “

VDI improves user workflows, but also benefits organizations by generating savings. VDI can save organizations money by consolidating the management of desktops to one place by allowing IT departments to distribute all patches and updates in a centralized manner because desktops are no longer deployed on individual user devices.

Secure mobility can be implemented without purchasing separate enterprise mobility management solutions or corporate owned devices. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs can be deployed by accessing desktops using containerization and gateways. Organizations don’t need to budget for better user hardware because thin clients such as Dell EMC VxRail are accessing a remote desktop requiring less hardware per user device.

The goal of virtualization is to eliminate hardware expenses and increase productivity by providing quick access to data. Appliance solutions such as Dell EMC VxRail are built to provide users with powerful desktop environments without organizations needing to spend a significant amount of their IT budget on user hardware.

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