Cisco Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution benefits cloud vendors and enterprises

Networking major Cisco Systems on Tuesday introduced Cisco Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution, offering several benefits to cloud vendors and enterprises.

The new DaaS solution, a cloud-based desktop virtualization solution to Cisco’s existing desktop virtualization product portfolio, enables cloud providers to offer their customers a Cisco Powered, virtual desktop subscription service.

In addition, the Cisco DaaS solution enables cloud providers to gain operational capabilities such as management tools, licensing components and the ability to deliver desktops to multiple customers from one platform. The Cisco DaaS solution provides economical entry for cloud providers to this rapidly growing market and brings new service and revenue opportunities.

For business customers, the solution provides increased choice and flexibility, Cisco said. Customers can choose to build their own on-premises desktop virtualization solution or buy a cloud-based, as-a-service solution, with Cisco Powered performance, scalability, and security.

Satinder Sethi, vice president, Engineering

To further strengthen this platform, Cisco has improved its underlying desktop virtualization solution to deliver greater scalability and performance, optimized cost, and wider client use case support for DaaS deployments.

Benefits include 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 and new UCS Solution Accelerator Packs for Desktop Virtualization, providing simplified ordering.

These enhancements benefit both on-premise and cloud-based (DaaS) implementers and end users, and are the result of Cisco’s continued investment in desktop virtualization solutions.

“Many organizations are looking for ways to achieve the benefits of desktop virtualization without the need to install and maintain equipment or make capital investments,” said Satinder Sethi, vice president, Engineering.

The solution includes deployment options from ecosystem partners Desktone by VMware, and Citrix and is available through partners including ChannelCloud, Logicalis, Proxios, Netelligent, and Quest in the Americas; Dimension Data in APJC; and Adapt and ANS Group in EMEAR.

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