Dell Flaunts New OptiPlex Thin Clients and Expanded Desktop Virtualization

Paul Lilly

Dell today announced new OptiPlex thin clients designed for organizations such as education, financial, healthcare, and retail that have implemented or plan to implement a desktop virtualization infrastructure. For those that fall into the latter, Dell also unveiled additions to its desktop virtualization solutions portfolio, including an enhanced new Virtual Lab 2.0 solution aimed primarily at colleges and universities.

Using virtualization technology from partners like Citrix, Microsoft, and VMWare, Dell says it created an environment where students, faculty, and administrators can access even specialized applications for subjects like Statistics, Engineering, Science, and Design from any lab PC on campus, or even from a dorm room via a notebook. The beauty of this solution, says Dell, is that all computing is done in the data center, so performance will be the same whether you're rocking the latest and greatest hardware, or a 5-year-old PC that's seen better days. Dell's Virtual Lab 2.0 platform comes with validation testing on six leading applications used on campuses (Adobe Premiere PR CS3, AutoCad 2DLT, Wolfram Mathmatica 7, Mathworks MatLab, SAS, and IBM SPSS), with seven more expected by the end of the year.

Onto the hardware side, Dell's new OptiPlex thin clients include the FX170 and FX130. The higher end of the two, the FX170 comes with an Intel Atom N270 processor, 1GB DDR2-667, 1GB (Devon IT DeTOS Dell Edition) or 2GB (Windows Embedded Standard 2009) of flash storage, Intel GMA 950 graphics, internal 1W speaker, PS/2, DVI-I, GbE LAN, Kensington lock slot, four USB 2.0 ports, Firefox with Java (Devon IT DeTOS Dell Edition) or Internet Explorer (Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard), and Devon IT Echo Management Console Dell Edition for remote systems management duties.

The FX130 sports a similar configuration but with a VIA Eden ULV 1GHz processor and VIA VX855 graphics, and is only availabe with Devon IT DeTOS Dell Edition.

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