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Desktone Partners with GreenBytes to Offer 'All-in-One' On-Premises Platform

By Erin Harrison

On the heels of rolling out a hybrid cloud-based desktop platform, desktop as a service provider Desktone has partnered with IO-offload solution developer GreenBytes to offer service providers an “all-in-one” on-premises desktop solution.

With cost and management complexities major barriers to many virtual desktop deployments, the GreenBytes vIO virtual storage appliance combined with the Desktone DaaS Platform is designed to make high-performance, virtual desktop environments simpler and more affordable, according to Danny Allan, CTO of Desktone.

“Many businesses that want to implement full-featured virtual desktops have been waylaid by the high cost and complexities inherent in building and managing the infrastructure,” Allan said in a statement. “Desktone and GreenBytes have had great success in helping businesses remove those obstacles and now, by integrating GreenBytes’ IO offload solution with our purpose-built, cloud-managed DaaS Platform, we’re making it even easier for companies to implement high-performing, low-cost virtual desktops.”

The new product consists of a pre-configured, all-in-one virtual desktop appliance that includes storage, compute and desktop virtualization software, which reside at the customer site and is managed remotely through the cloud by a cloud provider, allowing service providers to offer a hybrid cloud model.

In addition, by combining GreenBytes technology with Desktone’s multitenant virtual desktop platform, the two companies are providing a desktop experience that is flexible and cost-effective, and requires very little management by the customer, according to Bob Petrocelli, founder and CTO of GreenBytes.

“Like Desktone, we believe businesses should be able to implement robust virtual desktop environments without having to invest in and manage additional infrastructure,” said Petrocelli.

The new appliance from Desktone and GreenBytes, which are known in the industry as providers of innovative cloud services and storage deduplication technologies that optimize desktop virtualization, helps reduce the complexities associated with migrating to virtual desktops, according to Mark Bowker, senior analyst at ESG.

“By providing a converged appliance that minimizes storage needs and offloads virtual desktop management to service providers, the companies can significantly ease the path to virtual desktops,” Bowker said.

In an effort to provide customers with hybrid options, Desktone recently expanded its cloud-based hosted desktop platform to include on-premises, cloud-managed virtual desktop functionality, MSP Today reported.

The expanded platform, which resides at the customer site but is managed remotely by a cloud provider, is designed to give enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) the flexibility to choose the cloud model that best suits their needs, whether it be public, private or hybrid, according to Peter McKay, CEO of Desktone.




Edited by Rachel Ramsey

Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

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