The Plano, Texas company will utilise liquidware labs’ migration and monitoring tools known as Stratusphere and ProfileUnity to allow its services division to turn tens of thousands of customer desktops into virtual desktop environments.
The new alliance is expected to help Dell lower the cost of customers implementing virtual technology such as VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop and Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system.
“As we researched software and technologies that enhance virtual desktop services, we found that Liquidware Labs’ end-to-end set of solutions helps eliminate inefficiencies and simplifies the process for customers. We rigorously tested and evaluated the software and determined it provided a high level of support metrics and a comprehensive solution for planning and migrating customers’ desktops into virtual desktop environments.” said Dell’s Services Product group leader, Mark Bilger.
The deal marks a continuation of Dell’s move into corporate cloud/virtualised enterprise computing. The company announced on July 2 that it had agreed to buy data centre software management developer Scalent for an undisclosed sum. It gives Dell a desktop and server side virtualisation strategy. It also comes after Dell two days ago announced it will join forces with Microsoft to implement the software giants’ Windows Azure appliance platform.