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Netelligent Offers Virtual Desktops as a Service

Cloud and managed services provider Netelligent has partnered with desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider Desktone to offer cloud-hosted virtual desktops as a service. The new service from Netelligent combines Desktone's DaaS platorm with Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) and NetApp's storage system.

The Netelligent service runs on Desktone's DaaS platform to provide users with secure access to cloud-based virtual desktops. The virtual desktops run the Windows 7 operating system, and users can access them on their tablet, smart phone, laptop, or desktop computer, giving the user complete access to their virtual Windows desktop from anywhere with an Internet connection.

"Because Desktone's mission from day one was to provide a platform for DaaS from the cloud, we are able to pass on the efficiencies created by cloud computing but still can offer a full-featured Windows 7 desktop experience," said Aaron Stone, CEO, Netelligent, in a prepared statement.

Desktone uses a multi-tenant cloud architecture that lowers the cost for service providers to deliver virtual desktops as a service because the management and orchestration layer of the service is shared across all tenants. "DaaS is making it easier and more affordable than ever for enterprises to realize the benefits of VDI," said Peter McKay, CEO, Desktone, in a prepared statement.

Netelligent uses the NetApp storage system to quickly provision new desktop images for customers, up to thousands of new desktops in minutes. NetApp FlashCache and clustering also helps ensure availability of the Netelligent service and reduce latency.

Netelligent also uses Cisco UCS as a component of its service. "By combining Cisco's expertise in cloud and virtualization environments with Desktone's multi-tenant virtual desktop platform, we make it easy for service providers to deliver Desktop Virtualization as a Service to end user customers on their journey to the future Workspace," said Phil Sherburne, vice president of engineering, Cisco, in a prepared statement.

Further information can be found on the Netelligent site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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