Dell offers on-demand desktop streaming

Dell has introduced a new computing approach called On-Demand Desktop Streaming designed to simplify the deployment and management of information technology.

ODDS is part of a broader flexible-computing strategy in which Dell will offer solutions focused on managed network computing and secure access to network resources from multiple devices no matter where users are located.

With ODDS operating systems, applications and data are streamed to 100 diskless desktops from a shared Dell PowerEdge 2950 server over a Gigabit Ethernet network.

This will eliminate administration tasks being performed at the desktop because software and data reside in the data center, according to Dell officials. In Standard Image Mode, administrators can send a standard image across all systems for quick and easy changes while reducing the impact on network resources.

In addition, the product offers tighter security, eliminating risks associated with viruses and spyware, officials added.

The client portion of ODDS consists of diskless Dell OptiPlex 745 and OptiPlex 755 desktop computers, which include processors, memory and on-board graphics just like traditional PCs but minus the hard drive. The desktops will be available in November.

ODDS also includes a PowerConnect Gigabit switch, Citrix Provisioning Server for Desktops software and a PowerEdge 2900 storage server. Dell is the single source for all components of the product, officials said.

The product is available today at an average cost of $1,100 per user.

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