Today, Dell officially released the
details of its first service offering under the IT
initiative: on-demand
desktop streaming
. How does it work? Through a bundle of Dell hardware (its
now diskless OptiPlex 745 and 755 desktops, PowerEdge 2900 NAS storage,
PowerEdge 2950 server, and PowerConnect Gigabit Ethernet switch) and Citrix’s
Desktop Server software. The biggest opportunity for Dell however is the
services behind it, specifically with helping companies assess, design, and
deploy this alternative computing model.

Desktop streaming just happened to
be the most achievable first offering directly tied to the IT Simplification
theme. So what’s next? Expect more to arrive in the coming year around making
infrastructure management easier and enabling custom image design and management
that should suit verticals, like financial services, educational, and government
organizations, well.