QueBIT Selects Desktone for Cloud-Hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

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Flexibility Provides Ideal Development, Testing and Training Environment for Fast-Growing Company

May 9, 2011 – Chelmsford, MA – Desktone, Inc., the pioneer of cloud-hosted Desktops as a Service, today announced that QueBIT, a consulting organization specializing in IBM Cognos performance management solutions, has selected the Desktone Cloud for its virtualization environment. QueBIT, ranked an Inc. 5000 Fast-Growing Private Company for the past four years running, is using the Desktone service to facilitate company growth, make virtual machines (VMs) readily accessible to employees, simplify software testing, and provide contractors with secure, temporary access to desktops.

“We needed an easy, cost-effective way to make images available for consulting, sales, and testing purposes. We also wanted the flexibility to add and decommission desktops for temporary use, and reduce the need for consultants to have the type of powerful, expensive hardware required to run VM images locally,” said Michael Cowie, Senior Consultant at QueBIT. “We evaluated many solutions, including Citrix and VMware, and none matched the Desktone Cloud, as it did not make sense to build our own environment. We are looking to leverage the cloud as much as possible and this was a logical next move. Only Desktone was able to provide a fixed, predictable-cost solution for cloud-hosted VDI that can be easily accessed from PCs and iPads, along with web-based tools that make it extremely simple to manage images. And equally if not more important, as QueBIT grows, the Desktone solution can quickly ramp up to support our business.”

QueBIT is leveraging the Desktone Cloud for key use cases including:

  • Consultant Use / Training: Providing easy access to images that QueBIT consultants can use for their own development, testing and training purposes, and enabling new employees to get quick access to applications. 
  • Sales Enablement: Making pre-built, standard product demos available at all times and accessible by any device. 
  • Test and Development: Testing QueBIT-developed software and installations on a variety of environments, and quickly configuring and deploying resources as needed. 
  • Contractors and Business Continuity: Rapidly adding and/or removing controlled, pre-defined desktops for contractors based on engagement needs, and facilitating productivity by enabling all workers to access virtual desktops from different devices in the event of hardware failure.

“We’re very pleased that such a successful, tech-savvy company as QueBIT is relying on the Desktone Cloud to virtualize its desktop infrastructure and is leveraging it across business-critical use cases. The fact that Desktone was selected after QueBIT conducted an extensive evaluation of alternative solutions validates the Desktone Cloud’s unparalleled flexibility and value,” said Peter McKay, CEO of Desktone. “We are seeing more and more organizations wanting to leverage virtualization and the cloud and—because traditional on-premise VDI requires significant upfront costs and is very difficult to deploy and manage—virtual desktops in the cloud makes tremendous sense.”

The Desktone Cloud is the industry’s only purpose-built product for delivering virtual desktops in the cloud. The Desktone Cloud lets customers quickly benefit from virtual desktops at a cost of $30/desktop/month—which is significantly lower than those typically associated with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and traditional desktop environments. By moving virtual desktops to the cloud instead of implementing an internally deployed and managed data center, companies can realize all the promised benefits of virtual desktops—centralized management, improved data security and simplified deployment—without the exorbitant cost or complexities of onsite VDI deployments.

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