Cisco Launches Cloud Desktop Virtualization Solution
The company is partnering with Citrix and VMware in a solution that is aimed at both enterprises and cloud service providers.Cisco Systems is teaming up with VMware and Citrix Systems to offer service providers and enterprises a cloud-based desktop-as-a-service solution, which will complement Cisco's existing on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure offering. The new Cisco Desktop as a Service (DaaS) offering will be based on the networking giant's Unified Computing System (UCS) converged data center solution and the company's enhanced desktop virtualization solution. The new cloud offering will give service providers a new service to offer their customers, while at the same time, enterprises will be able use the solution to launch a DaaS solution in their private clouds. "Many organizations are looking for ways to achieve the benefits of desktop virtualization without the need to install and maintain equipment or make capital investments," Satinder Sethi, vice president of engineering at Cisco, said in a statement, adding that for cloud service providers, the solution will help them "achieve rapid time-to-market while economically scaling their business." Cisco's offering, announced Dec. 17, comes a month after public cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced its own cloud-based desktop virtualization solutions. AWS officials said Amazon Workspaces is in preview, but that the service will be available for less than half the cost of a traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offering, with prices between $35 and $75 per workspace used each month.
They also said Amazon Workspaces will enable users to move their sessions seamlessly between PCs, tablets and smartphones.