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Cloud and virtualization provider VMware has wrapped its acquisition of Desktone, a pioneer in desktop-as-a-service. Desktone offers an advanced, multi-tenant virtualization platform for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service.
"The combination of VMware and Desktone's global partner network will allow customers in all regions to benefit from the economies of scale provided by DaaS," said Peter McKay, president and chief executive officer, Desktone. "With the Desktone platform already certified with the VMware vCloud technology, VMware vSphere and VMware Horizon View, customers will be able to quickly modernize and move their desktop infrastructure to the cloud and open new possibilities for customers, users and service providers."
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
" ... I think this is good news for both Desktone and VMware customers," noted Forrester analyst David Johnson. "On one hand it provides an alternative for VMware prospects who are unsure whether they want to make the investment in ramping up an in-house VDI initiative, and it provides a scale-out option for existing VMware View customers who may be loathe to make additional capital investments to expand their capacity. With Citrix also developing their own homegrown DaaS infrastructure offering for service providers, this move further legitimizes the DaaS market."
Meantime, at its VMworld 2013 Europe event, VMware announced new capabilities and enhancements across its portfolio of cloud management solutions that are designed to simplify and automate management of IT services for multiple clouds and platforms.
The new product releases introduced today include VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.0, VMware vCenter Operations Management Suite 5.8, VMware IT Business Management Suite, and VMware vCenter Log Insight 1.5. In addition, VMware will update the automation and management capabilities of VMware vCloud Suite 5.5, introduced in late August.
"For IT to keep pace with business demands, stay relevant and deliver IT services with agility, it must transition from being builders to brokers of IT services," said Ramin Sayar, senior vice president and general manager, cloud management, VMware. "VMware cloud management solutions enable IT to deliver this agility while standardizing and ensuring governance and control – whether the goal is to better manage a highly virtualized environment, build a vSphere-based private cloud, extend to the hybrid cloud or broker services across many providers."
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