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VMware launches service to enable easy desktop delivery in the cloud

Lucy Carey

VMware go live with ‘Horizon DaaS’ as trend for cloudy companies to drift towards higher-functioning offerings picks up pace.


Using last year’s Desktone acquisition and a
recent Google partnership as its

, VMware is pushing out a new
cloudy Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering -
Horizon DaaS -
which will deliver virtual desktops
running on its vCloud Hybrid Service.

With prices starting from
around $35,
VMware are pitching VMware
Horizon DaaS as a “
cost-effective enterprise-class”
solution that can be accessed from
full Windows desktops to end-users tapping in
from laptops, desktops, zero/thin clients, Chromebooks, and mobile

VMware’s new DaaS baby will be doing battle with
the mighty Amazon, who put their offering ‘Amazon WorkSpaces’ to
the market within six months of VMware acquiring Desktone. The key
differentiator between the two products is that Horizon DaaS comes
integrated with View, allowing admins to manage their on- and off-
premise deployments from a single screen.

Speaking to
, Dave Grant, Senior Director of
Product Marketing for DaaS, End-User Computing, at
VMware explained;
“The world of end-user computing is changing dramatically…I think
the latest stats are that over 50 percent of us are using three
different devices to access stuff to do our job every day.
There’s…this shift away from Windows applications to cloud
applications, from physical devices to mobile devices. [While]
that’s all been happening…the cloud option has been blowing through
the roof.

The company has been investing in “both ends” in
reaction to this trend, making, as Grant puts it, “a lot of
investments around helping people with their end-user computing
strategy”. Along with their virtual desktop, they’ve also put
stakes in both AirWatch on the end-user computing side, and on the
hybrid cloud front with the VMware
vCloud Hybrid
, making sure their bases are fully

Today’s announcement is a natural progression of
these investments Grant added, commenting that: “ a hosted, virtual
desktop sitting on top of the VMware
vCloud Hybrid
. And this enables us now to deliver a
company’s desktop and Windows applications out to any device,

Hybrid cloud has been tipped to be one of the
big tech stories this year, offering both the security of
traditional on-premise data centers and the scalability of
pay-as-you-go public clouds. Going forward, we can expect to see
more companies floating out more higher-functioning offerings as
opposed to the lower layers of the stack. Amazon continues to lead
the pack, but that doesn’t preclude smaller players like VMware
from honing in on more niche markets with low-cost solutions such
as Horizon DaaS.

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