NetApp said on Wednesday that it has acquired CloudJumper, a software company focused on the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and remote desktop services (RDS) markets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. NetApp plans to use the acquisition to bolster its desktop virtualization capabilities. NetApp's new Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) service will integrate CloudJumper's VDI and RDS technology and expand NetApp's offerings for deploying and managing virtual desktops in public clouds. "The ability to provide a consistent virtual desktop experience at scale while keeping data available and secure without sacrificing performance has always been important and is especially critical in today's unprecedented environment," said Anthony Lye, SVP and GM of NetApp's Cloud Data Services business unit.
Nutanix launched an integrated system that's designed to make it easier to deploy Citrix-based virtual desktops for mid-sized companies. The integrated system includes three years support and runs about 415 a desktop. Gartner estimates that the annual end-user computing cost is 1,015. Nutanix's argument is that its virtual desktop bundle with Citrix will cost less than a virtual desktop and then allow companies to support multiple end points. Nutanix in its statement noted that a Raspberry-Pi-based device system could run it.
Amazon Web Services said it will offer hourly billing to its WorkSpaces cloud service in a move that's aimed at companies with part-time employees, job sharing and temp workers. Under the changes, AWS customers can pay for WorkSpaces by the hour and get 80 GB of root volume. WorkSpaces is AWS' virtual desktop effort designed to support multiple devices. It is geared to play well with companies eyeing virtual desktop services. WorkSpaces have Microsoft Office, Trend Micro and utilities bundled together as well as browsers.
It isn't a secret I always loved the technology and solutions NVIDIA provides. Professionally my first encounter was with some Quadro cards and Citrix HDX 3D Pro. The ability to deliver a virtual desktop without poor graphics or finally being able to deliver powerful virtual desktops for GPU demanding applications was amazing. The technology opened up new opportunities. All of a sudden engineers, architects and designers scattered around the world where able to collaborate with their massive assemblies without the need to wait on file synchronization processes.