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Dell Precision R5400 Dell FX100

With the Precision R5400, Dell has opted for performance over space savings and cost trimming for its data center-hosted desktop solution. Check out the TechRepublic article Dell launches high performance 2U desktop that lives in the data center to see why there might be an interesting ROI case to be made for all this computing power.

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6 comments
wagriff
wagriff

This will will be great for State and local governments,(ie;Law enforcement/and Prisons). Looks like a good move for DELL...

sda
sda

Sheesh - Thatsa lotsa rack space... even with a 250 seat shop - that would be somewhere north of 10 racks... where's the consolidation in that? Wow... I don't think I understand... SDA

somebozo
somebozo

perhaps you can host multiple virtual desktops eg: 5-10 virtual desktops per physical machine so there where cost saving and consolidation really come in. I have always been irritated by the "one desktop per cubicle" requirement considering the most users in any enterprise are noobs and their score on noob'o'meter is directly proportional to their shortcomings on computers. how about clustered virtual desktops so you can patch and reboot all day long without affecting users.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner moderator

The benefits of centralized management - and potentially using the CPU cycles as servers at night - would have to be significant for an organization to make this move. I look forward to seeing and hearing some case studies on this once more IT departments start trying it.

markvongarnier
markvongarnier

There have been several solutions around for years, Microsoft Terminal Service, Citrix etc..., just don't see the point of this 'solution'. What would the benefit be?

rimbus
rimbus

the idea behind this is to provide a powerful and robust remote workstation platform. If all you need to do is provide application access to thin clients, then other solutions are a better fit. If you need high end graphics, multiple processing cores, and a slew of memory, and you have users that may be in Chicago, New York, Madison or Dubai, and you want all of the data that they work on local to the workstation - not the user, then this is an awesome solution, and very unique.