Cisco Launches Desktop as a Service Solution; Based on Cisco Desktop Virtualization

Cisco has rolled out its new desktop as a service (DaaS) solution aimed at enterprises that want to take advantage of the benefits of desktop virtualization without having to acquire, build and manage their own infrastructure.

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Cisco has rolled out its new desktop as a service (DaaS) solution aimed at enterprises that want to take advantage of the benefits of desktop virtualization without having to acquire, build and manage their own infrastructure.

Cisco’s DaaS lets enterprise IT provide applications, content, on any device, and aims to simplify desktop operation and boost security while providing end users a better experience, according to Satinder Sethi, Ciscos vice president for engineering.

Cisco DaaS, which is designed to support deployments from on-premises or cloud systems, is scalable and simple to deploy, he added.

“Not only is desktop as a service a great solution for a growing number of companies, but Cisco’s offering is uniquely architected to help cloud service providers achieve rapid time-to-market while economically scaling their business,”  Sethi said in a statement.

Cisco DaaS is powered by updated Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution to deliver

  • Improved density of hosted virtual desktops offering up to 252 virtual desktops on a single UCS blade server
  • Support for end user applications that require high-quality rendering of immersive, 3D graphics
  • New UCS Solution Accelerator Packs for Desktop Virtualization, providing simplified ordering


Cisco DaaS also offers deployment options from partners including Desktone by VMware, and Citrix.

As an example, Cisco DaaS used with VMware’s Desktone has been fully tested and validated and its modular cloud architecture is scalable and secure, offers better performance with more virtual desktops per server, and easily adapts to an enterprise’s changing business needs, according to Peter McKay, VMware vice president and general manager for end user computing. 

“Desktone by VMware and Cisco have developed a complete and proven blueprint for enabling service providers to offer a desktop as a service solution for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service based on VMware Horizon View,” McKay said in the statement.

“Citrix is working alongside Cisco and its new DaaS solution to help service provider partners to scale quickly, easily and economically, while delivering high levels of performance and service,” said Mitch Parker, group vice president and general manager of Citrix, in the statement.  Citrix’ multi-tenant solution offers as desktop, mobile and thin-client support and is based on XenDesktop and XenApp, Parker added.

On that score, Cisco’s DaaS aims to help a wide range of cloud providers deliver desktops to numerous customers from one platform, as well as offer business customers scalability, security, performance, and efficiency, Cisco’s Sethi added.




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