BARCELONA: VMware has acquired desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) specialist Desktone as part of a move to bolster its end-user computing offerings. The move adds another weapon to VMware's arsenal as it expands from being a data centre automation provider to offering a full range of cloud services.
VMware announced the acquisition at its VMworld 2013 conference in Europe. The transaction was completed earlier this month, according to the firm, but financial details have not been disclosed.
Desktone is a provider of a framework for delivering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as a service. It is architected as a multi-tenant solution, so it is aimed chiefly at service providers looking to offer a hosted virtual desktop service.
The acquisition enables VMware to offer a mature DaaS platform to its own service provider partners, which are already operating VMware-based public cloud computing environments or deploying them for customers. In addition, VMware gets access to Desktone's own existing global partner network.
Announcing the move, VMware vice president of End-User Computing Sanjay Poonen said the biggest barrier to VDI adoption by enterprises had been cost, and this is something that VMware intends to address.
"We're looking to reduce cost to the position where it [VDI] will be less than the cost of providing a laptop. DaaS is slowly being adopted, and we think this will be a breakthrough," he said.
VMware already has its own virtual desktop technology in Horizon View, part of the Horizon Suite launched earlier this year. The firm said that the combination of Desktone's DaaS platform along with Horizon View will significantly accelerate its DaaS strategy.
It is not crystal clear how Horizon View and the Desktone platform fit together in VMware's strategy. It was suggested that Desktone's multi-tenant capability makes it more suitable as a platform for cloud service providers to operate, while Horizon View is for enterprise customers that want to operate this service themselves from their own data centre.
However, Brian Gammage VMware's chief market technologist for End-User Computing, told V3 that this is too simplistic a viewpoint.
"It's all about giving customers choices. There is more than one way to provide a DaaS solution, and this enables us to go to market with a broader range of options," he said.
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