VMware to innovate around mobile and cloud

by CXOtoday News Desk    Oct 16, 2013

mobile cloud

Companies that are constantly bringing innovation around cloud, mobile and analytics are in a much better position to sustain and beat competition. The recent offerings from VMware – aimed at mobile workforce - marks a turn toward managing workloads in cloud environments. The company has acquired a desktop-as-a-service or DaaS provider Desktone, to further consolidate its position in that area.

Horizon View Suite

The recently released VMware Horizon View Suite is an integrated platform that supports the mobile workforce by connecting end-users to their data, applications and desktops using any device without sacrificing IT security and control. It creates a single, unified solution designed to transform technology silos into centralized IT services that can be easily provisioned, managed and delivered to end-users. According to a company release, VMware Horizon View 5.3 will offer an improved user experience, streamlined management, reduced TCO and a new route to market for virtual desktops. VMware Horizon Mirage 4.3 integrates with Horizon View to enable IT to use image layering to manage both physical and virtual desktops at scale, while also offering enhanced Windows 7 migration and web management capabilities. According to the company, Sony smartphones will join the growing list of VMware Ready devices that help IT administrators improve their enterprise mobile management strategy and support bring your own device (BYOD) policies.

“The innovations we are introducing around cost, management and performance of our products make a compelling case to companies searching for a modern approach to supporting their mobile workforces,” says Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware.

Acquisition for gain

Poonen, a former SAP executive has joined VMware in August believes in innoavting through strategic acquisition. The company has recently acquired Desktone, a desktop-as-a-service startup company consolidate its position in desktop virtualization – both on-premise and the hosted model.

Desktop as a service involves the outsourcing of a virtual desktop infrastructure to a third-party provider who is responsible for managing the data storage, backup, security, and upgrades. According to analysts, this DaaS model allows smaller companies to gain some of VDI’s benefits, such as running Windows apps on mobile devices, with the security and control that IT has come to expect, without having to invest in the complicated infrastructure in house. 

VMware can Gartner analyst Gunnar Berger explains that Desktone also has some other interesting technology, such as the ability to manage virtual desktops in multiple geographies using a single management pane, which will benefit VMWare gain market share in these areas.

“Desktone has been running DaaS at scale for many years and has a strong reputation in helping service providers go to market quickly,” Poonen writes in a blog post. Desktone’s platforms are currently integrated with VMware’s vCloud, vSphere and the new Horizon View products.