February 27th, 2012
This morning NaviSite announced a new DaaS offering built on the Desktone platform. I am very happy to welcome NaviSite to the Desktone partner family. As a leading cloud infrastructure services company they will be able to deliver high performing virtual desktops to customers around the globe.
NaviSite has further extended the Desktone DaaS network to another 3 global data centers. In the desktop virtualization market data center proximity to the end user is very important for the performance of the desktop. This is one of the benefits of going with a DaaS model versus an enterprise virtual desktop deployment. Most organizations cannot afford to build virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) data centers close to all employees. Instead, they try to service all employees from one location. This is ok if your employees are geographically close, but imagine trying to service your UK office from a datacenter in California. NaviSite's DaaS offering enables you to provide high performing virtual desktops to employees regardless of their location.
They are also offering enterprise-class DaaS alongside their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings. Most organizations are looking to outsource as much IT to the cloud as possible transforming capital expenses (CAPEX) to operating expenses (OPEX).
Lastly, this is further validation of Desktone's unique position in the virtual desktop marketplace. We are the only desktop virtualization vendor build from day 1 for service providers to deliver DaaS. When conducting research in this market NaviSite looked at traditional Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) vendors and, like our other partners, quickly realized that these solutions were not built for a cloud-based service delivery. Traditional VDI solutions were built for individual onsite enterprise deployments.
So, what did NaviSite see that was so unique? It would take me hours to explain all the features Desktone has built for service providers but the big ones are: multi-tenancy, scale, security and role separation. It is extremely difficult to deliver DaaS if you do not have multi-tenancy. It's true, due to Microsoft licensing, that you can't yet leverage multi-tenancy across hardware but you can across the management layer which, for service providers, is extremely important and significantly reduces the cost of delivery. Service providers like NaviSite don't want to stand up siloed infrastructures for every customer. Scalability is also very important and due to our architecture this is virtually unlimited while other vendors require new installations to scale. Again, I could go on all day but we prefer to let our customers do the talking and the fact that another leading cloud services company has chosen Desktone for hosted virtual desktops does a lot of talking.
We look forward to working with NaviSite to deliver the industry's highest performing DaaS offering.