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Cisco launches desktop as a service

After multiple stops and starts, Cisco says it’s targeting service providers with the new DaaS programme.

Cisco launches desktop as a service
Sethi says many organisations are looking for ways to achieve the benefits of desktop virtualisation.

After multiple stops and starts, Cisco says it’s targeting service providers with the new DaaS programme.

Networking giant Cisco has expanded its desktop virtualisation portfolio with the launch of the Cisco Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution, aimed at helping cloud service providers offer up virtual desktops via a subscription-based model.

The introduction of Cisco DaaS, according to the company, comes as demand for DaaS and virtual desktop infrastructures in general approach critical mass. Cisco said it projects 59 million new virtual desktop users to emerge between now and 2016, as issues that traditionally hindered adoption - like the cost of storage - start to dissipate.

The company said with the Cisco DaaS solution, cloud providers can offer their business customers scalability, security, performance, and efficiency. At the same time, these cloud providers gain operational capabilities such as management tools, licensing components and the ability to deliver desktops to multiple customers from one platform. The Cisco DaaS solution provides fast, easy and economical entry for cloud providers to this rapidly growing market and brings new service and revenue opportunities.

For business customers, the solution provides increased choice and flexibility. Customers can choose to build their own on-premises desktop virtualisation solution or buy a cloud-based, as-a-service solution, with Cisco Powered performance, scalability and security.

Cisco’s DaaS solution is based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), along with desktop virtualisation software from Citrix and Desktone, the DaaS vendor VMware acquired last October.

Cisco said DaaS is much more than that. After selling desktop virtualisation products for the past three and a half years, Cisco said the DaaS launch also marks the debut of a new Cisco Powered programme for service providers that is built specifically around DaaS.

“Many organisations are looking for ways to achieve the benefits of desktop virtualisation without the need to install and maintain equipment or make capital investments,” said Satinder Sethi, vice president, Engineering, Cisco. “Not only is DaaS a great solution for a growing number of companies, but Cisco’s offering is uniquely architected to help cloud service providers achieve rapid time-to-market while economically scaling their business.”

“Desktone by VMware and Cisco have developed a complete and proven blueprint for enabling service providers to offer a desktop as a service solution for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service based on VMware Horizon View.” said Peter McKay, vice president and general manager, End-user Computing, VMware.

“Citrix is working alongside Cisco and its new DaaS solution to help service provider partners, to scale quickly, easily and economically, while delivering high levels of performance and service. This enables partners to differentiate with flexibility in desktop deployment models while preserving margins to help them capture new service and revenue opportunities,” said Mitch Parker, group vice president and general manager of Citrix.

The solution includes deployment options from partners Desktone by VMware, and Citrix and is available through partners including ChannelCloud, Logicalis, Proxios, Netelligent, and Quest in the Americas; Dimension Data in APJC; and Adapt and ANS Group in EMEA region.

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