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March 2, 2010

Dell launches OptiPlex 980, FX100 zero client

Claims to help organisations enhance IT performance and reduce costs

By CBR Staff Writer

Dell is expanding its portfolio with addition of two new offerings OptiPlex 980 Desktop and FX100 zero client offering, which it claims to enable organisations enhance their IT performance while helping to reduce energy and operational costs.

The company claims that the new OptiPlex 980 Desktop combines management and design to deliver up to 35% greater performance than previous generation OptiPlex systems. It comes in three different chassis options minitower, desktop and small form factor.

In addition, the new OptiPlex 980 features Intel Core processor technology options and solid state drive options for increased performance and reliability; 90% energy efficient power supply; quiet workplace that reduces system noise by up to 50%; and advanced security and systems management.

The company siad that the Dell FX100 zero client is a communication system that uses PC-over-IP technology (PCoIP) to help businesses centralise client desktops while delivering the performance and flexibility of a traditional PC.

Dell said that the FX100 uses PCoIP for providing high performance desktops over both LAN and WAN. It also provides benefits of virtual remote desktops such as centralised client image management, storage and processing in a secure location; flexible access to virtualised client desktops; and a near-zero footprint on account of the FX100’s fan-less.

Brett McAnally, director of Dell Product Group, said: “Our customers, including large businesses, government agencies, healthcare organisations and small, medium businesses are looking to explore overall efficiencies in their IT infrastructure which means looking at systems that enable better productivity but result in greater power and cost savings. With the OptiPlex 980 and FX100 we’re helping our customers strike a balance, offering flexible solutions and services that meet their complex demands.”

The OptiPlex 980 is expected to be available at a starting price of $807, and the FX100 is shipping with new firmware that adds support for VMware View 4.0 with PCoIP.

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