VMware has acquired desktop service provider Desktone to deliver a cloud-based PC for the cost of a laptop.
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Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, end-user computing, VMware, said: "By bringing Desktone’s innovative platform in house, VMware can accelerate the delivery of DaaS [desktop as a service] through its network of over 11,000 VMware service provider partners while helping to shape and lead the future of the industry."
The Desktone platform is a multi-tenanted platform designed to enable service providers to deliver windows applications and desktops as a cloud service. It provides a grid-based architecture that supports self service of virtual desktops. VMware claims the open-source based technology used in Desktone means organisations avoid Microsoft licensing fees and third-party software-management tools.
Desktone will fit alongside products such as Horizon to expand VMware's desktop virtualisation product family. Poonen said: "We are at a pivotal stage which will allow users to unify workspace across work and life, where apps work seamlessly together. This is the first major acquisition in six months. As we think about mobile in the cloud, Desktone with our partners will enable cloud-based desktops."
He claimed that with strong IT management it would be possible to reduce the total cost of running a desktop PC as a service will be the same as the cost of a laptop computer.
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