DELL HAS COMBINED virtualisation and some back-end cleverness to bring Windows applications to Google Chromebooks.
The new computing appliance, a tweaked PowerEdge R930 server, can provide up to 350 virtual Windows environments in a ChromeOS deployment in conjunction with Wyse vWorkspace virtualisation.
Dell bought Wyse in 2012 as a central plank of its thin-line client offering. Gartner recently reported a 10.1 percent slide in Dell's traditional PC market, which means that the company has more reason than ever to target the server room as a priority.
A centralised server for the Windows environment allows system admins to ensure that the system isn't being abused to run Halo in a browser, but rather is kept to mission-critical and approved applications.
The system is aimed at educational establishments and SMBs, which will please Google no end as they are two sectors that Google has been keen to target to migrate from the traditional Microsoft ecosystem.
The result is a removal of the 'But what about Skype/Yammer/Office?' conversations that inevitably happen when plans to migrate to Google emerge.
The solution isn't limited to Chrome OS as Wyse Workspace is able to render the virtualised Windows environment on any device with an HTML5 browser.
Prices are quoted as starting at $180 per user, all in, including server hardware, licences, hypervisor and vWorkspace broker, but we assume that this is based on an optimum deployment, and that an office of five would struggle to justify it.
Steve Lalla, VP of commercial client software and solutions atDell, commented: "Organisations today need to increase productivity while simplifying the management and delivery of applications and data.
"The Dell solutions announced today provide the benefits you expect from a sophisticated data centre in an easy-to-deploy and manage appliance.
"This will allow our customers to increase the speed at which they deliver applications and desktops to a wide range of endpoints, including thin clients and Chromebooks."
Dell Appliance for Wyse will be available in the summer. The PowerEdge R930 server will preceed it in June, and Migration Manager software is available today so you can prepare. µ
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