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.
A couple of months ago, I reported that Microsoft was looking like it would announce its Cloud PC service this summer. It now seems like next week, the week of July 12, is the announcement date, based on a placeholder session in the Microsoft Inspire partner conference session catalog. Microsoft has scheduled a session called "What's Next in End-User Computing" for July 15. One of the speakers in that session which is "about the newest Microsoft cloud solution for enabling hybrid work," is Scott Manchester. Director of Program Management for Cloud Managed Desktops, and a leader in the development of Windows Virtual Desktop, Remote Desktop Services, Second Screen Remoting, Multimedia, and Networking technologies, according to his bio.
Companies are looking for digital workspace solutions that enable them to respond faster and with a higher degree of confidence to cybersecurity threats. VDI, combined with services from HPE Pointnext Services, fits the bill. When the COVID-19 crisis hit, a chorus of industry voices (including some at HPE1) warned of new threat surfaces exposed by the sudden expansion of remote work. The risks were, and still are, very real. But many companies that had invested in digital workplace solutions may have anticipated, if not the epidemic itself, then at least some of the security challenges that might arise in those environments.
If you look back into history, there is a singular discovery at certain intervals that have affected human evolution and acted as a catalyst for growth. In ancient times, it was the fire. And in the 19th century, it was the computer. Since being invented in the 19th century, the computer has earned its place of being the most widely-used technological tool of the 21st century. From the education sector to the medical field, the technology of the computer has brought incredible innovation and benefited countless.