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VMware Buys Desktop-as-a-Service Provider Desktone

VMware Buys Desktop-as-a-Service Provider Desktone
By Barry Levine

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Desktone offers more features and functions to VMware’s virtualization offerings, targets the service at virtualization service providers, and keeps the small but active company out of competitors’ hands, said analyst Laura DiDio, commenting on the announcement that VMware has acquired the DaaS provider made at VMworld 2013 Europe.
 


To boost its offerings, virtualization software provider VMware has acquired Desktone, a cloud-based desktop-as-a-service provider. VMware announced the acquisition today at the VMworld 2013 Europe conference, underway this week in Barcelona, Spain.

Desktone offers a multi-tenant virtualization platform through the cloud that delivers Windows desktops and applications. Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and GM of End-User Computing at VMware, said in a statement that “by bringing Desktone’s innovative platform in house,” his company is able to “accelerate the delivery of DaaS through its network of over 11,000 VMware service provider partners.”

Desktone is already certified for VMware technology, including cloud computing virtualization OS VMware vSphere and desktop virtualization solution VMware Horizon View. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

No Microsoft Fees

In its announcement, VMware said that the Desktone platform offers options to its customers, such as multi-tenancy, where security is enhanced by delivering a separate virtual environment to each customer, as well as the ability of a provider to manage multiple customers via one platform.

Desktone also offers self-service provisioning for IT of a full virtual desktop infrastructure, in addition to shared session remote service desktops and applications that can be provided without hardware or software. A grid-based architecture enables unlimited scalability across geographies and data centers, and, without Microsoft licensing fees, the companies said the open source technology can lead to cost savings over competitors.

VMware is planning to launch a beta test of the new virtualization platform within the next few weeks, running on its vCloud Hybrid Service. It also plans to improve performance, so that DaaS-based apps run as well as those on a local computer.

We asked Laura DiDio, an analyst with industry research firm Information Technology Intelligence Corp., for her thoughts on the Desktone acquisition. She pointed out that, in the fast-moving virtualization market, VMware has to be aggressive to maintain its position as a market leader.

Targeted at Service Providers

She added that Desktone offers “more features and functions” to VMware’s virtualization offerings and helps target the service at virtualization service providers. The acquisition also keeps the small but active company out of competitors’ hands. In addition, DiDio noted, Desktone’s single management interface can simplify operations, especially for branch offices and remote offices that don’t have a network manager onsite.

DiDio also pointed out that Poonen just came over from SAP two months ago, and this is his most visible effort yet to “make his mark.”

In a posting on the VMware company blog Tuesday, Poonen said with this acquisition, VMware “instantly becomes a leading provider of desktop-as-a-service.” He praised Desktone’s “industry-leading" technology and operational expertise.

In addition, he pointed to Desktone’s global partner network, a base of 40 service providers worldwide that can be combined with VMware’s network of more than 11,000 service providers.

VMware also announced Tuesday that it is enhancing its virtualization software -- vCloud Automation Center 6.0, vCenter Operations Management 5.8, and vCenter Log Insight 1.5. Enhancements include support for public cloud services, an employee self-service catalog for IT, and the ability to design a new, custom IT service, such as Hadoop-as-a-service.
 

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Posted: 2013-10-16 @ 1:05pm PT
Why no MS license fees? Is it because they are using a skinned Windows Server OS or they are using a Linux OS?



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