More than ever, IT organizations and the people they serve are experiencing disruption and change at an accelerating pace.  IT decision making is being shaped by the forces of BYOD, personal cloud services and a Millennial generation with new ideas about where, when and how work is done.

Fortunately, Dell and Citrix are bringing new end to end desktop virtualization solutions to our partners to enable you to help your customers navigate this sea change into new, highly mobile work styles.  Dell Cloud Client Computing solutions enable any user to access their apps and desktop on any device, and this week at Citrix Synergy, we announced game-changing infrastructure, software, and end point solutions available to our PartnerDirect community:

Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS) Enterprise Integrated Storage solution:  Utilizing Citrix XenDesktop 7 and a single Dell PowerEdge R720 rack server, deploy virtual desktops to up to 90 users without need for a SAN (Storage Area Network) which can reduce the hardware cost of deploying VDI by 50%.  Winner of the 2013 “Best of Synergy” award for desktop virtualization! 

DVS Enterprise - Active System 800:  A pre-integrated, pre-validated,  converged Active Infrastructure platform combining Dell 12g rack and blade servers, EqualLogic storage, and Force10 networking with  Dell Active Systems Manager infrastructure management software and Citrix XenDesktop 7 virtualization software.   This helps you and your customers accelerate the deployment and configuration of VDI while maximizing efficiency, and delivering predictable and reliable applications and desktops to end users.

Virtual GPU support via DVS Enterprise for Citrix XenDesktop with NVIDIA GRID technology:   DVS Enterprise has incorporated and validated NVIDIA GRID K1 and K2 boards to deliver high performance 3D graphics and multimedia workloads running in virtual desktop and application environments.  DVS Enterprise with GRID technology allows users to securely access graphics intensive and rich Windows applications and desktops from any location and on virtually any device, while providing IT departments with the ability to centrally host and manage sensitive user data and resources.

Support for Unified Communications with Microsoft Lync:  End-to-end unified communications solutions and support with DVS Enterprise and Dell Wyse solutions for Microsoft Lync 2010, enabling your customers to extend the range of applications they can deliver to include voice, data, collaboration, and video teleconferencing within their VDI environment.

Dell Wyse Xenith Pro 2 zero client:  Purpose-built for Citrix environments, Dell’s first dual-core zero client is a high performance endpoint featuring ultra-secure firmware and an unrivaled user experience ideal for unified communications, HD multimedia creation and consumption, and other applications where end user experience is vital. 

So why is this important for our partners?  Simple- by enabling new use cases for VDI by supporting virtualized graphics and UC, reducing the price of entry with our integrated storage solution, by making it easier to deploy and manage using the Dell Active Infrastructure platform, we’re expanding the addressable market for desktop virtualization so you have a broad and deep set of customers to enable by working hand in hand with Dell.

Our goal is to enable our partner community with the knowledge and tools needed to configure, sell, and deploy desktop virtualization solutions to your customers, and I invite you to visit our Cloud Client Computing portal or join the discussion in the PartnerDirect TechCenter community to learn more.