|[January 22, 2013]
Equinix and Desktone Partner to Offer Service Providers Desktop-as-a-Cloud Service
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX),
the global interconnection and data center company, today announced that
it has partnered with Desktone,
a pioneer of Desktop as a Service (DaaS), enabling service providers to
deliver a new scalable and profitable cloud services revenue stream via Platform
Equinix™. By leveraging Desktone software and locating
infrastructure in Equinix's (News - Alert) highly reliable, network-rich data centers,
service providers will be able to quickly provide customers DaaS
capabilities, while limiting downtime and geographic-induced latency to
improve the end users' desktop experience.
Highlights / Key Facts
Spurred by Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and mobility initiatives,
enterprises are increasingly deploying DaaS and virtual desktop
infrastructures (VDI). According to Cisco (News - Alert), 79 percent of organizations
either have current or future plans to use
virtual desktops, while 25 percent are already using VDI. However,
many organizations realize the upfront cost and complexity of
deploying VDI is prohibitive. Deploying desktops and applications in
the cloud provides customers with all of the benefits of virtualized
desktops while limiting the challenges.
Backed by the multi-tenant Desktone
Platform powered by Equinix, service providers can now rapidly
provision desktops and applications to users connected on any device,
anywhere, without the upfront costs and complexity of traditional
desktop virtualization. Desktone's DaaS platform is purpose-built for
the cloud, providing all of the benefits of virtualized
desktops-including reduced deployment complexity; improved management,
security and compliance; and superior end user productivity-without
any of the hassles.
For service providers, the Desktone opportunity translates into
additional infrastructure and services revenue with low risk, since
pilot environments can be quickly established in the cloud with easy
try and buy options for customers. A 1,000 desktop trial that would
otherwise take six to nine months to complete can be deployed in 45
days using Desktone's convenient reference architecture. With
Desktone's reference architecture, footprint and software package,
service providers can bypass the time and resources required to build
their own data center footprints, and instead, rapidly deploy and
scale DaaS environments without massie capital expenditure costs.
This ease of use and spin up enables accelerated time to market.
By delivering desktops as a cloud service, service providers can
easily wrap virtual desktops around their existing cloud offerings
such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) while providing customers a
flexible, affordable and device-independent desktop management
strategy. Once a customer moves their desktop environment to the
cloud, storage and applications often follow suit, opening up more
Providing the ability to directly connect with more than 900 networks
globally, Equinix is ideally suited to partner with Desktone, helping
service providers deliver an optimal end user experience and improved
time to market. Equinix offers network choice and density, which also
gives Desktone customers the option to power their DaaS connections
via public or private IP networks.
In February 2013, a Solution Validation Center (SVC) demo environment
will be available from Equinix to further complement the Desktone
offering. Built using NetApp storage systems, the demo environment
will be deployed across three geographically dispersed data centers,
allowing Equinix customers to test Desktone solutions from different
parts of the world and validate performance metrics around DaaS.
McKay, CEO, Desktone:
"The interest in
cloud-hosted desktops is at an all-time high as service providers such
as Quest Systems turn to Desktone for flexible, affordable virtual
desktops. By partnering with Equinix, we're able to provide coverage,
performance and flexibility for service providers that don't have
their own data center capabilities, helping them eliminate latency
issues and dramatically improve desktop performance."
Howard, vice president, Worldwide Channel Strategy & Sales,
"The Desktone/Equinix partnership provides service
providers with a turnkey solution for provisioning, delivering and
managing desktops and apps as a service. By incorporating the
NetApp/Desktone architectural blueprint into this offering Equinix
makes it simple for our service providers to deliver DaaS and meet
customer demand for mobility and BYOD initiatives at a significantly
lower price point than traditional solutions."
Adgate, general manager, Global Alliances and Partnerships,
"Desktone's innovative DaaS software and
Equinix's robust interconnection platform perfectly complement each
other, offering service providers the opportunity to deliver
profitable, value-added services to their enterprise customers."
Desktone provides the only unified platform for delivering desktops and
applications as a cloud service, enabling the deployment of Windows
desktops and applications from the cloud to any end user device.
Desktone enables IT service providers to rapidly provision desktops and
applications to users connected on any device, anywhere, without the
upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktop virtualization -
transforming desktops from a CAPEX to OPEX item. Leading service
providers, such as Dell, Fujitsu, NEC (News - Alert) Corporation of America, Time
Warner Cable and Dimension Data, have selected Desktone's Platform to
offer desktops and apps as a cloud service. Founded in 2007, Desktone is
funded by Highland Capital and Softbank (News - Alert) and is headquartered in Boston,
MA. For more information, visit www.desktone.com.
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), connects more than 4,000 companies
directly to their customers and partners inside the world's most
networked data centers. Today, businesses leverage the Equinix
interconnection platform in 31 strategic markets across the Americas,
EMEA and Asia-Pacific. www.equinix.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from
expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that
might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the
challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and
developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated
costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have
acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant
revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers;
failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to
time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to
generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or
outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key
customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see
Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from
Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the
forward-looking information contained in this press release.
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