Cisco and VMware have announced desktop virtualisation tools that combine elements of the companies' existing services to accelerate customers' virtual desktop deployments.
The package is based on the Cisco Unified Computing System and VMware View 4.5, and is designed to make it easier for other vendors to sell virtual desktop services that best suit customers' needs.
Cisco Desktop Virtualisation Solution with VMware View 4.5 simplifies the infrastructure challenges associated with desktop deployments, while improving the user experience and ensuring performance and stability, the firms said.
"This solution builds on Cisco's relationship with VMware in accelerating the adoption of our virtualisation solutions," said Soni Jiandani, vice president of Cisco's server, access and virtualisation technology group.
"By combining our innovation in unified computing with VMware View desktop virtualisation we are helping our customers quickly benefit from the operational savings of desktop virtualisation."
Chris Young, vice president and general manager for end user computing at VMware, added that the company is committed to providing secure, scalable and high-performance virtual desktop solutions that deliver the best user experience while lowering costs and management overheads.
"We are excited to work with Cisco on new channel initiatives to provide partners with the support they need to help get these solutions into customers' hands faster," he said.
Cisco and VMware claimed that customers will be able to roll out virtual desktops in "minutes", and will benefit from lower component and storage costs.
Further benefits include a consistent desktop look and feel across locations and devices and consistent security policy implementation.
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