Desktone Launches Industry’s Only Desktop Virtualization Solution that Offers Choice Across Public, Private and Hybrid

Lexington, Mass. -- 05/13/13
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Extends DaaS Platform to Deliver On-Premises, Cloud-Managed Desktops and Apps

Desktone, Inc., the pioneer of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), today announced it has extended its cloud-hosted desktop platform with a new on-premises, cloud-managed virtual desktop solution. The new offering resides at the customer site and is managed remotely by a Cloud Provider, giving enterprises and SMBs the flexibility to choose the cloud model that best suits their business: public, private, or hybrid. Now, Desktone provides the ultimate flexibility by offering different desktop options, including Microsoft RDS, VDI, and Remote Apps, across public private and hybrid cloud environments—eliminating the barriers associated with traditional VDI deployments.

“Cloud-hosted virtual desktops offer great benefits, but not everyone is ready or willing to go 100% hosted. Some businesses want to leverage the capacity of their own private infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environment or retain more control by keeping hardware on-premises. Others want a hybrid model, where certain offices are fully cloud-hosted and others are cloud-managed. These companies, and Service Providers, have been asking Desktone for a solution,” said Peter McKay, CEO, Desktone. “We’re excited to be the first vendor addressing broad-spectrum needs with our new on-premises, cloud-managed offering.”

“Desktone’s on-premises, cloud-managed solution is ideal for The Harris Trusted Enterprise Network. It enables us to meet the needs of our users by keeping compute in the corporate data center, while at the same time benefitting from the flexibility and efficiencies inherent in cloud-managed services,” said Mark Graham, CTO, Harris Mission Critical Networks.

"With the recent rise of public cloud hosted virtual desktops, businesses have had a hard time choosing whether to adopt virtual desktops as a service or on-premises. Depending on the use case, one model may be more appropriate than the other. However, a hybrid approach like Desktone's allows companies to deploy desktops in a way that makes most sense for a particular set of users, while leaving time-consuming infrastructure management to their Service Provider," said Brett Waldman, Research Manager, IDC Client Virtualization Software.

Desktone’s on-premises, cloud-managed virtual desktop solution enables Service Providers to deploy virtual desktops in the customer’s data center and remotely manage provisioning and ongoing management. By leveraging Desktone’s unique multi-tenancy and multi-data center capabilities, Service Providers can securely manage virtual desktops for multiple customers using a single platform, while IT can easily add, remove and edit their virtual desktops across locations.

The new on-premises offerings include both enterprise and SMB/Branch Office configurations:

Enterprise customers can leverage existing private cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environments or use the Desktone blueprint, which includes a choice of server hardware, storage, and desktop virtualization software.

SMBs and branch office deployments can deploy a pre-configured, all-in-one virtual desktop appliance, which includes GreenByte’s vIO virtual storage, as well as compute and desktop virtualization software. [See separate press release about the GreenBytes partnership, announced today.]

Leading cloud providers, such as Dell, Fujitsu, Time Warner Cable, Marubeni, Kumo and Dimension Data, have selected Desktone’s Platform to offer hosted desktops and apps as a cloud service due to unique cloud features that enable them to deliver the easiest-to-deploy and lowest-cost virtual desktops in the market.

Desktone’s cloud-managed virtual desktop offerings are available immediately from authorized Service Providers. For information, contact or one of our Desktone-powered cloud providers:

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