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Dell Refreshes Virtual Solutions With Additional Support For Citrix And Windows Thin Client

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Hot on the heels of Dell Security VDI press release last week, Dell has updated its entire thin client ecosystem. This includes hardware, client software, administrative console and storage management platform.

To recap the prior announcement, Dell created new solutions for securing Citrix and VMware virtual desktop (VDI) and virtual workspace environments. This is built on a similar advanced threat detection technology as the managed Red Cloak offering by the former Dell SecureWorks.

This week, the thin client updates include two new hardware offerings. Following Dell's naming convention, the new top-end model is the Dell Wyse 7040 (powered by quad-core Intel i5 and i7 Skylake processors), and the mainstream Dell Wyse 3030 LT.

The 7040 has top-end specs including Ultra HD (4K) video, which makes it a serious option for those using specialized graphic applications, including AutoCAD, PTC, engineering and similar apps. On the lower end, the 3030 LT is an excellent option for general use situations, such as call centers, government offices and K-12 education. This model offers a choice of Wyse ThinOS or ThinLinux.

Wyse ThinOS 8.3 catches up with Skype for Business (formerly Lync) and updated features including current Citrix, VMware, Teradici, RDP, Windows 10 VM protocol updates. For more flexible yet stringent user security, Dell has integrated Imprivata biometric fingerprint authentication. Finally, there is native support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) connections over PCoIP. The new Wyse ThinLinux software is now optimized for thin clients, and provides an additional OS option.

Wyse Device Manager (WDM), available for over 15 years, has also received a refresh. The user interface has been overhauled, with a whole host of improvements. Version 5.7 has an all-new, more intuitive, simplified browser-based UI and now may be accessible from the public cloud (AWS or Microsoft's Azure cloud). There is improved workflow functionality and internal search has been enhanced. Full responsive support is available for Internet Explorer 11, Chrome 40 and above, and Firefox 30 and later.

WDM is also available in an on-premises flavor, supporting the new devices and features listed above.

There are an assortment of security updates, including integration with Dell's Threat Defense and Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise for VDI. Notable is an artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) agent inside the virtual server or on the thin client, including the first such support for Microsoft Windows thin client. This includes a pre-processed queue, which can analyze, decide or allow binaries to execute. Dell claims that this protects from 99 percent of zero-day malware attacks, with focus on proactive prevention and protection instead of reactive detection and remediation.

Dell's two key benefits in the thin client space are time-to-value and support. Large enterprises and small businesses can install a 2U server in a rack, and be up and running with 75 "desks" within a couple of hours. The pre-loaded platform includes storage, network and a hypervisor. As with other Dell products, there is support in over 200 countries.

This is an excellent option for organizations who don't want to hire and support advanced IT staff. Dell's goal is to commoditize VDI; simplifying planning, deploying and running computing environments, while shielding people from the complexity. In other words, making it as easy to deploy virtual machines as it is to buy a laptop from dell.com. Dell has sorted the most important part: the infrastructure.

Scheduled release date is July. Pricing will be announced as it gets closer to general availability.

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