WDaaS is an integrated service offering that uses the desktop virtualization technologies of Citrix and Microsoft.
Technologies, an information technology, consulting and outsourcing business of
Wipro Ltd., in partnership with Citrix and Microsoft launched Wipro Desktop as
a Service, a desktop virtualization solution designed to deliver desktops, applications
and data as an on-demand service.
announcement was made at Citrix Synergy 2011 in San Francisco, though WDaaS was
announced earlier in October 2010 and is available in the market now.
is an integrated service offering that uses the desktop virtualization
technologies of Citrix and Microsoft and provides plug-and-play desktop and
application virtualization capabilities. The solution is built on HP Converged
Infrastructure. For enterprises that want to deploy desktop virtualization
on-premises, WDaaS will offer a preconfigured appliance (hardware, software and
services) that can be managed remotely by Wipro.
development of the Wipro Desktop as a Service offering is a good example of the
growing take-up of cloud desktops in the market," said Dominique Raviart,
research director of IT outsourcing for NelsonHall, an analyst and advisory
firm. "Interest is growing across the world and especially in the U.S. and
U.K., typically initially triggered by server cloud computing and
solution is designed to lower deployment cost and reduce the implementation
time by half as compared with traditional system integration approaches. For
enterprises seeking a hosted or cloud offering, Wipro delivers desktops and
applications as a service from a dedicated private cloud environment in its own
data centers or by leveraging cloud infrastructure providers.
WDaaS solution is based on Citrix XenDesktop, the Microsoft VDI (Virtual
Desktop Infrastructure) Premium Suite and Microsoft Application Virtualization
(App-V) software components. It leverages Citrix FlexCast delivery technology,
which enables IT to optimize the performance, security and cost of virtual
desktops, hosted or local, for any type of user, including task workers, mobile
workers, power users and contractors.
uses Citrix HDX technology that assures each user gets a high-definition
experience over any network on any device, including PCs, Macs, thin clients,
tablets and smartphones. The solution relies on Hyper-V for running the Windows
desktop in the guest virtual machines and incorporates Microsoft's VDI
infrastructure and management software, including Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote
Desktop Services, App-V as well as System Center management solutions so
customers can virtualize, manage and deliver applications and desktops. WDaaS
will be offered on the HP Converged Infrastructure solution. The hosted and
cloud delivery models leverage Rackspace infrastructure.
virtualization is a key priority for today's CIOs as they look to transform
their desktops to become more agile, flexible and secure. Citrix XenDesktop
supports this desktop change with market leading technologies that turn
desktops, applications and data into an on-demand service that can be accessed
from any user on any device," said Dave Jones, vice president of system
integrator development at Citrix. "WDaaS is a perfect example of how customers
can transform their workplace and quickly realize the benefits of desktop
virtualization through an integrated hardware, software and services offering
of a major global system integrator."