VMware Acquires DaaS Provider Desktone, Bulks Up End-User Computing Portfolio

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Microsoft hosting partners can sell Windows and Office-as-a-service through Microsoft's Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) using Windows Server and Remote Desktop Services (RDS). But, Microsoft doesn't have a SPLA for Windows 7, and some feel that has put a crimp in the lower end of the DaaS market.

"Without new terms, Microsoft requires dedicated hardware per customer, so it's hard to envision how Desktone will mesh nicely with vCloud Hybrid Service," Blaine Kahle, director of engineering at Five Nines Technology Group, a Lincoln, Neb.-based VMware partner, told CRN.

VMware actually closed its Desktone acquisition earlier this month but isn't saying how much it paid. In a Tuesday press release, VMware said it expects the deal "to be immaterial" to its fiscal third quarter results, which it will announce Oct. 21.

At VMworld in Barcelona on Tuesday, VMware is showing off updates to its End-User Computing portfolio, including Horizon View 5.3, which features improved multimedia rendering and video playback, as well as support for iOS 7 and Windows 8.1 devices.

vCenter Operations Manager for View is now being bundled into Horizon View, Courtney Burry, director of product marketing in VMware's End-User Computing unit, said in an interview.

"Any customer that wants to leverage VCOM to troubleshoot and monitor View environments can do so now for no extra cost," Burry said.

VMware is also showing off its vSAN public beta for desktop workloads. vSAN is a new storage feature that pools together storage capacity from Flash and solid state drives and lets it function as a virtual storage area network.

The idea behind vSAN is to make setting policies for how storage is allocated as easily as setting up a virtual machine, and it's a key part of VMware's "software-defined data center" vision.

"Now you can assign a single cluster across your workloads. This will allow us to drive down the costs and automate provisioning for users through View," said Burry.


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