Desktone DaaS supports private, public and hybrid clouds

Desktop as a Service is a cloud model that hasn't caught on the way Desktone and others would have liked. Where and how data is stored and who has access to it has been of concern. Desktone has enhanced its offerings to make this choice more acceptable to everyone.

Desktone has extended its Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offerings and hopes the added flexibility will appeal to enterprises and service providers alike. Desktone's offerings now include support for private, public and hybrid cloud environments.

Here's what Desktone has to say about its new offerings

Desktone, Inc., the pioneer of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), announced today 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.

Desktone’s on-premises, cloud-managed virtual desktop solution enables Service Providers to deploy virtual desktops in the customer’s data center and remotely mange 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, NetApp or EMC 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.

    Leading cloud providers, such as Dell, Fujitsu, Time Warner Cable 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.

Snapshot analysis

Desktop as a Service (DaaS), or putting virtualized desktop environments out into the clouds, would appear, on the face of it, to be a low-cost but flexible option for those not wishing to deal with a personal computer on every desktop. It also appears to solve software installation, software maintenance, data sharing and remote data access problems as well. Why hasn't its use skyrocketed?

Concerns about performance and reliability, as well as putting corporate data into the hands of a service provider, all come to mind as inhibitors to adoption.

Desktone, one of the originators of the concept of DaaS, believes it has a solution. Why not, Desktone asks, make the infrastructure software that supports DaaS available to enterprises and service providers alike? That way, the company believes, companies can deploy DaaS in-house, in the clouds or use both approaches depending upon the individual, the workloads, or other categories.

Will Desktone's move change DaaS adoption strategies? The answer isn't clear yet. What is clear is that Desktone is doing its best to remove obstacles to DaaS adoption.