Dell gives up on vWorkspace virtual desktops

Support and sales continue for current users, but Dell's looking over the (VMware) Horizon


Dell has decided to cease further development of its vWorkspace product, a desktop virtualisation (VDI) tool it acquired along with Quest back in 2012.

In a statement sent to The Register's virtualisation desk, Dell said it is “transitioning vWorkspace to maintenance and support of its existing product.”

“Current customers can expand their existing environments and will continue to receive maintenance updates and support.”

The company also offered the following reason for the change:

As Dell looked across its portfolio of solutions, it made a strategic decision to focus our resources and leverage the existing strengths of its partners to provide cloud client-computing solutions.

Dell's partnered with just about everyone. In the VDI space that means it has an appliance for Citrix VDI. The there's the VDI appliance for VMware's Horizon.

Dell is of course about to acquire VMware. And VMware just today said its Horizon suite, of which VDI is a prominent part, is going like a train and displacing competitors.

Might Horizon be one reason Dell decided to “focus our resources” and “leverage existing strengths”? It certainly seems a plausible scenario. More plausible than Dell going cold on VDI altogether, as it has a decent-if-declining thin client business to defend. ®


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