Dell goes virtual with Citrix XenClient

One-time king of computers, Dell has unveiled a bunch of "solutions", aimed, it said, at simplifying desktop virtualisation deployments.

The outfit is working with Citrix to validate its Dell Latitude laptop and Dell OptiPlex desktop client systems for the new XenClient technology, which launched yesterday. It also launched a bunch of business laptops which integrate the technology.

Dell's new additions to its portfolio of Latitude E-Family laptops include the 13.3-inch Latitude E4310, available now, at a cost of £1029.

The bigger 14.1-inch and 15.6-inch Dell Latitude E5410 and E5510 start at £409 and £419 GBP, respectively. All are Intel powered and frankly we're struggling to see what makes the E4310 so expensive.

The laptops all include a new Fast Response Free Fall Sensor and StrikeZone shock absorber that can help prevent data loss from drops. All the E-Family systems fit a single dock, Dell said, making fleet management easier

Advanced Security and Systems Management claim secure data protection, asset monitoring and remote management while allowing for fast IT response to business threats, Dell said.

Dell also introduced the Latitude 2110 netbook, aimed at high schools and elementary schools. It is supposed to build on the success of the 2100 and comes in different configurations, starting at a measly £295. It's powered by a Intel Atom N470 chip, running at 1.83GHz and features include a claimed battery life of up to 10 hours, collaboration tools, including microphone and optional webcam; and connectivity options such as WiFi, mobile broadband and WiMax.

Steven Lalla, vice president and general manager, Client Product Group, Dell said the company is, "committed to providing innovative and flexible virtualisation solutions that help customers reduce costs, increase security and improve manageability. This approach to flexible computing also has the ability to enable choice and flexibility to help boost productivity within our customers’ workforce.” So there.