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Dell and EMC offer first EUC product integrations with VMware AirWatch and VDI efforts

At the 2017 Dell EMC World conference, the companies announced new integration between VMware End-User Computing Solutions and Dell Solutions.

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At the 2017 Dell EMC World in Las Vegas on Tuesday, the combined Dell EMC announced its first set of joint efforts in the EUC space since the acquisition closed in September 2016. VMware's AirWatch platform will integrate with Dell Client Command, while VMware Horizon will integrate with some Dell and Wyse converged infrastructure offerings to create a new solution.

Over the past few years, AirWatch has shifted from primarily offering MDM services, to acting as a unified endpoint management solution. By integrating with Dell Client Command, which provides a set of free hardware management tools, AirWatch users will be able to pull hardware level attributes from Client Command, said Jeff McGrath, senior director of product marketing for EUC at VMware.

"The integration allows us to bring information from Dell Client Command into the AirWatch console," McGrath said.

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Administrators who have Windows 10 devices under management will be able to drill down to see attributes like battery status and health, BIOS version, BIOS password, trusted platform module (TPM) management, trusted execution, virtualization IO state, and more.

According to McGrath, the integration will "allow you to go to a single console to manage the hardware, the OS, and the applications, to help you reduce cost and improve security, but also to ensure user experience and manage uptime."

The second core integration is an offering called Dell EMC VDI Complete, which is essentially VMware's Horizon pre-installed on Dell and Wyse hardware, McGrath said.

"They're complete, end-to-end, turnkey app and desktop virtualization solutions, including optional thin clients if you want to add those on," McGrath said said.

Users can build out a validated solution using Dell EMC vSAN ReadyNode and PowerEdge servers, or they can buy a turnkey solution that leverages the Dell EMC VxRail hyperconverged appliance series. Thin clients will be available through Wyse and Optiplex for an additional per user, per month fee. Overall, the per user cost for the solution is the "lowest in the industry," McGrath said.

The goal is to make it easier for large enterprises to deploy fully managed and optimized VDI solutions through a single vendor. "You have one throat to choke, one company to call, being Dell," McGrath said.

In a similar move toward hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) offerings, Dell EMC announced the availability of the VxRack SDDC rack scale HCI systems built on Dell's PowerEdge servers. It's clear that Dell EMC is taking steps to ease the transition for its legacy clients moving into next-gen HCI and SDDC initiatives.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. VMware's AirWatch platform will integrate with Dell Client Command, allowing administrators to pull in more information to monitor Windows 10 devices under management.
  2. Dell EMC VDI Complete solutions will provide VMware Horizon pre-installed on Dell and Wyse hardware, offering turnkey, end-to-end VDI solutions from a single vendor.
  3. Dell EMC has begun to collaborate more deeply between its product lines, offering an easier transition for traditional clients moving to next-gen infrastructure.

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