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Desktone Debuts Desktops-as-a-Service

Startup Desktone claims to have developed a new, outsourced approach to desktop virtualization.

Today the startup unveiled its Virtual-D solution, which despite sounding like a rap album, is actually a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering for service providers.

Whereas traditional desktop virtualization works with servers and storage within users own data centers, Virtual-D transfers the images off to a third-party service provider such as Verizon, according to Jeff Fisher, Desktone’s senior director of strategic development.

“This is a new model that we’re hoping to pioneer in terms of desktops as a service,” says Fisher. “What we do, essentially, is that we move the problem outside of the data center.”

The Virtual-D solution uses Linux code and VMware’s ESX hypervisor to link service providers’ hardware together. These server and storage ‘elements’ are then connected to a user’s data center via an OC3 link, for example, enabling users to send their virtual desktop images off-site.

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