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Dell's new servers come preloaded with hundreds of virtual machines

Julie Bort | April 7, 2011
Dell on Thursday served up a new choice for buying its servers: plug-and-play configurations that include up to 200 VMware virtual machines along with the networking and storage needed to run them.

Plus, Dell is encouraging enterprises to take the plunge with VDI by similarly offering plug-and-play servers bundled with hundreds or thousands of Citrix XenDesktop or VMware virtual desktops. Customers can choose the number of desktops according to their needs. Dell technically announced its Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DDVS) offering in March but on Thursday reiterated that the VDI bundle can be had anyway the customer wants it: as an owned piece of gear, as a managed service, a cloud service, or some kind of custom package in between, with Dell doing all the integration work to ensure customers' apps work with it. It, too, is based on Dell PowerEdge servers, EqualLogic storage and PowerConnect networking.

Dell's new Email and File Archive service is orchestrated along the same lines. It can be purchased as a product based on Dell's pre-configured reference architectures, an on-premises managed service, through the cloud or some combination of these options.

 

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