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Dell Builds its First Thin Client

Unveils an Atom-based $399-to-start OptiPlex FX160

With virtualization so terribly “a la mode,” the cloud hovering over head and green the color of the day, Dell is going with its own thin client business, an Atom-based $399-to-start OptiPlex FX160. (Score another one for the Atom.) Dell previously sold third-party thin clients.

It describes the thing as supporting embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations and says it's fitted with 2GB of flash and up to 4GB of memory.

The news came when Dell refreshed its Optiplex desktops Tuesday moving out a bunch of new models it's proposing to sell into what it's described as an increasingly soft market.

Dell is trying to get people to upgrade to greener boxes that consume less energy, claiming it'll cost them less money in the long run.

The widgetry supports:

* On-Demand Desktop Streaming - processing happens on the desktop where data is hosted on a partitioned server in the data center with processing happening on a local client for an uncompromised end user experience.

* Virtual Remote Desktop - datacenter processing and hosted virtual client desktops accessed from a variety of devices and locations.

* Dedicated Remote Workstation - PC-over-IP solution that connects to a Dell Precision R5400 rack-mount workstation in a datacenter for high-performance users in harsh or highly secure environments.

Dell will be happy to sell any of the new managed services it's assembled.

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