January 30th, 2013
This morning we announced that the cloud-hosted Desktone virtual desktop platform is now certified with the Cisco UCS-E series router. Working together, Desktone and Cisco will offer the Desktop Virtualization Cloud Connector to enable service providers to deliver simple, cost-effective Windows desktops and applications as a hybrid cloud service to help SMBS, branch and remote offices meet demand for mobility and remote workforce support.
"Small and mid-sized organizations are quickly migrating to cloud computing solutions as a way to adapt to changing business needs," said Mark Lohmeyer, VP product management, Cisco. "With the inherent flexibility and scalability the joint solution offers, virtual desktops hosted on the Cisco ISR G2 and UCS E Series Server are an ideal solution for customers with branch offices and remote workforces who are tasked with supporting numerous employees and devices with limited IT resources."
If you happen to be lucky enough to be strolling the halls of @CiscoLiveEurope this week, swing by the Cisco booth to get a live demonstration of virtual desktops and applications hosted on the UCS-E Series thanks to today’s newly announced Desktone / Cisco interoperability. What a mouthful! But here’s the skinny on this exciting new pairing:
What is it and what makes it unique? Desktone’s desktop virtualization software comes pre-installed on Cisco Integrated Services Router Generation 2 (ISR G2) and UCS-E Series Server. This enables service providers to deliver a turnkey desktop virtualization solution to SMB customers who prefer a hybrid cloud deployment. Due to Desktone’s multi-tenancy and tiered role separation service providers can manage multiple ‘tenants/customers’ under one management interface delivering a new cloud service revenue stream while meeting demands of their customers. For the customer, you get a turnkey desktop virtualization solution that requires no installation and ongoing management and you get a superior desktop experience with no WAN limitations and end users can access full-functioning desktops with local compute and all their applications from any device they choose.
Why is this cool? Why is this newsworthy? Desktone has completed interoperability verification testing required by Cisco so service providers and customers can feel comfortable that the solution will deliver high performing virtual desktops.
Why does this matter and who will care? For one, SMBs and branch offices demanding mobility and remote workforce support, who are well aware that the options for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) are, as a whole, too complex and costly for legitimate consideration will be very interested in this offering. Now, the promises of VDI are made attainable by Cisco and Desktone, removing virtualization barriers by enabling organizations to receive all of the benefits of VDI managed from the cloud. Service Providers will also be intrigued by the option to offer a superior desktop experience with no WAN limitations and end users can access full-functioning desktops with local compute and all their applications from any device they choose.
How does it work? The Desktop Virtualization Cloud Connector comprises the Desktone Platform bundled with the Cisco Integrated Services Router Generation 2 (ISR G2) and UCS-E Series Server. The Desktop Virtualization Cloud Connector delivers simple, turnkey cloud-based virtual desktops that are:
- pre-packaged on hardware
- remotely managed from the cloud by a service provider
- easy to budget OPEX
- affordable alternative to complex and costly VDI
- purpose-built for the cloud
- centrally managed and supported desktops & apps
- hosted on cloud-based platform on UCS-E Series Server
- secure, integrated, easily managed
- quickly adapt to changing business needs by leveraging cloud technology
- extend your limited IT resources without adding headcount
How is this offering any different from other desktop virtualization vendor offerings? This is the only hybrid virtual desktop solution available. By utilizing the cloud to deliver converged virtual desktop and networking solutions, Service Providers can easily provide their customers with flexible, secure virtual desktops wherever and whenever they are needed.
Cisco’s UCS E-Series Server modules are next-generation, power-optimized, x86, Intel® Xeon® 64-bit blade servers designed to be deployed in Cisco ISR G2. These price-to-performance-optimized, single-socket blade servers balance simplicity, performance, reliability, and power efficiency. They are well suited for applications and infrastructure services typically deployed in small offices and branch offices. Cisco ISR G2s and UCS E-Series servers lower the TCO by reducing server hardware shipping costs, power consumption, cooling, cabling, space, and support costs. The built-in lights-out server management through CIMC provides remote server monitoring and configuration management for virtualized and bare metal deployments.
Cisco will offer demonstrations of virtual desktops and applications hosted on the UCS-E Series at Cisco Live 2013 in London, January 28 – February 1. Stop by and check it out!
Don't forget to check out our Desktone & Cisco Cloud Connect for Virtual Desktops data sheet!