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With the new arrays, Dell is also introducing the Virtual Storage Manager, a VMware vCenter plug-in that provides the ability to allocate and manage multiple EqualLogic storage groups and streamline the replication process, Dell's Vigil said.
Michael Back, senior solutions consultant at Sidepath, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and Dell partner, said Dell's moves to increase the SSD support in its EqualLogic storage arrays is important move for customers.
Dell's ability to bring SSD support to EqualLogic results in storage with smaller footprints than other vendors can offer along with the support needed to support VMware environments, including VMware VDI, Back said.
"Dell is using its integrated technology to decrease the storage footprint and bring SSDs to a lower entry level than possible before," he said. "Dell brings a really nice price point to the table, and made SSD a lot more accessible for a lot more companies."
HP on Monday also unveiled new zero-client devices and VDI reference architecture it plans to show at VMworld next week.
New to HP, which is also a major provider of both zero-client and thin-client devices, are a couple of new zero-client devices.
The new HP t310 zero client, based on the Teradici Tera2 PCoIP (PC over IP) processor, provides single-screen display resolution of 2,560 by 1,600 or dual-screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,200. It includes AES256-bit encryption and consumes fewer than 7 watts of power.
The new HP t410 zero client is based on the Texas Instruments DM8148 system-on-chip (SoC) digital signal processor. This all-in-one zero client features an integrated display designed by 3M that HP claims has the same brightness as a laptop running at 250 Watts of power, but which uses only 13 Watts.
The HP t410 is currently available, while the HP t310 is slated to ship in September with a starting price of $369.
HP on Monday also unveiled the new HP Client Virtualization Generation 8 (Gen8) Reference Architecture for Citrix XenDesktop on VMware vSphere, which provides blueprints for building server, storage, networking, and software configurations for VDI implementations.
In order to provide consistent high-performance VDI end-user experiences, HP is also now supporting the Teradici APEX 2800 server offload card, which offloads PCoIP image encoding tasks, with its rack and blade servers.