|[March 07, 2012]
Dell OEM Solutions Helps Gratifon S.A. Power VoIP Kiosks and Prepare for Future Growth
ROUND ROCK, Texas --(Business Wire)--
Gratifon S.A. is leveraging Dell
OEM Solutions' OptiPlex XE PCs and cloud services for 50 kiosks that
provide sponsored phone calls at no cost to residents and tourists in
Panama. With Dell OEM (News - Alert) Solutions technology and services, Gratifon can
plan for future growth, focus on innovating its core business and
deliver new offerings that help connect consumers.
Gratifon (Gratifon.com) has invented a voice-over-Internet protocol
(VoIP) kiosk that connects consumers at tourist locations, hotels,
airports, malls and supermarkets to any landline or cell phone worldwide
at no cost. During the conversation, the kiosk displays interactive
video advertisements on its full-color screen. Gratifon's kiosks help
consumers find restaurants, attractions and lodging, and advertisers
benefit by being able to place relevant ads at point of sale locations.
Gratifon needed small, quiet, industrial PCs that would withstand the
humid, hot weather of Central America to power its kiosks. The company
turned to Dell OEM Solutions' industrial OptiPlex
XE PCs, which have an extended three-year lifecycle and can operate
in temperatures of more than 110 degrees F. OptiPlex XE PCs help
customers decrease field maintenance costs with component-level
stability and standards-based remote management while delivering the
performance needed to power quick calls, high definition video and a
pleasant user experience.
Dell OEM Solutions also provided the Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud®
Datacentr Service, a VMware-based public cloud service offering that
provides scalable computing power and storage, eliminating the need for
Gratifon to build out its own data center, while delivering simplicity,
ease of deployment and a single point of contact for support of the
overall solution. Managed by skilled Dell technicians, the solution
combines VMware's cloud software with redundant hardware, power, and
cooling to deliver high scalability and reliability. Beyond the software
and hardware, Dell's cloud specialists provided configuration assistance
and training, as well as ongoing support, through Dell ProSupport to
With Dell solutions technology, Gratifon has been able to expand,
deploying 50 kiosks throughout Panama and plans to add another 250
kiosks within the next six months. Longer-term goals are to roll out
approximately 3,000 kiosks in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil
within 12 to 18 months.
Dell OEM Solutions works with its customers to help them leverage Dell
hardware and services to bring their intellectual property to new
markets with greater efficiency so they can spend more time on their own
innovation. A division within Dell, Dell OEM Solutions provides original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with customized services, support and
technologies that meet their unique specifications. Many fast-growing,
innovative companies looking for a tier-one technology provider turn to
Dell OEM Solutions as their single, global source for comprehensive,
end-to-end design, manufacturing, logistics, supply-chain and support
services to help them improve agility and competitive differentiation.
"As a startup, technology is key to ensuring that our growing business
can thrive," said Oz Yosef, Gratifon CEO. "By leveraging the Dell OEM
OptiPlex XEs and cloud services for our kiosks, we were able to cut
costs and expand our business in ways we didn't know possible."
"We're pleased to help Gratifon bring their innovative VoIP kiosks
concept to the public and grow its business," said Ron Pugh, executive
director and general manager, Dell OEM Solutions, Americas. "By
providing Gratifon with a single source for the hardware, services and
support to power its kiosk, we give them the reliability and flexibility
to expand into new markets."
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