Will Dell’s Irish centre of excellence drive European workstation innovation?

The Boardroom

by Duncan MacRae| 02 July 2014

The centre provides a physical location with remote access capabilities.

The Dell Solutions Centre in Limerick, Ireland, has expanded to include its first European Virtual Workstation Centre of Excellence.

The move follows the opening of Dell's first Virtual Workstation Centre of Excellence (CoE) earlier this year in Round Rock, Texas, to provide customers and partners with the necessary resources and expert advice to help them leverage virtualised workstations and architect a solution to best suit their business needs.

The Irish centre will provide a physical location with remote access capabilities, enabling Dell customers, channel partners and independent software vendors to replicate and test their desired configuration or full end-to-end model to ensure the hardware and software environment meets their requirements.

It is hoped that this will help more European organisations transition their environments, allowing customers to safely access their data from multiple devices and locations - supporting better collaboration and increased productivity for today's dispersed teams.

Customers will also be able to schedule meetings with virtualisation specialists to discuss their unique IT infrastructure challenges, overcome any concerns they may have about no longer having physical workstations on every desk, and explore how Dell technology and applications can enhance their end users performance, mobility and security.

European customers, such as Caterham F1 Team, are already benefitting from the adoption of virtualised workstation solutions. Over the past year the team's designers, responsible for developing the car's aerodynamics, have replaced Dell Precision workstations with Dell Wyse zero clients. These small black boxes now sit alongside high-definition monitors and connect designers to the rack-mounted Dell Precision workstations residing in the data room, which provides access to all the high-end design programmes they use every day.

The solution has assisted Caterham F1 Team in moving towards reducing the number of devices tied to individuals, reducing the cost, time spent and power consumed managing multiple devices and helping to lower noise and heat levels in the office. Furthermore, it's helped to simplify overall processes and improve flexible working capabilities.

Alistair Gardiner, HPC Support Engineer at Caterham F1 Team, said: "It is better that designers are not tied to one particular desk. They regularly need to physically move locations when they hook up with different units across the team. Anything we can do to simplify that change is good for the business and for the designers."

As an end-to-end solutions provider, Dell has thousands of conversations with customers each day, and strongly believes that organisations should be able to talk through solutions and see them in action before having to commit to a decision. The Centre of Excellence will allow local and remote customers to carry out performance benchmarking, subjective user-assisted testing, and even help customers to choose the right endpoint devices and monitors - paving the way for more European customers to test drive applications and explore workstation solutions.

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