February 28, 2012, 7:20 AM — Seeking to capture a slice of market share in the emerging field of virtual desktop services, NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable managed service provider of cloud-based products has announced its next major endeavor: a desktop as a service (DaaS) offering aimed specifically at enterprise customers.
The service will allow enterprises to centrally manage virtual desktops while giving users the ability to access applications and data from a variety of platforms, from laptops to desktops and from tablets to smartphones.
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"Enterprises can now rapidly provision a secure virtual desktop for users that can be accessed on any device, anywhere without the upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktops while adhering to corporate security and compliance policies," said Denis Martin, executive vice president and CTO at NaviSite. "Two years ago ... there was a lot of interest in VDI, but no one was willing to write the check for it because when they tried it and it didn't work very well. Now, this stuff kind of kicks butt."
NaviSite powers the virtual desktop service using the latest offerings from a range of leading providers. The core servers supporting the DaaS offering are HP ProLiant BL490c G7 Virtualization Blades outfitted with Intel Xeon X5675 processors and running VMware.
End users access their virtual desktops using client software from Desktone, which is available for a range of operating systems, including Windows 7 and XP, Linux and OS X. It can be downloaded in the Apple and Android app stores and can run on most Android and iOS devices, Desktone officials say. The DaaS offering ranges in price from $50 to $110 per user per month based on the level of compute power and RAM used.