Published: January 8th, 2013

Dimension Data announced it has partnered with Desktone, Inc., a desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) provider, to offer virtual desktops as part of its cloud computing services.

The plan is for Dimension Data to leverage the Desktone virtual desktop platform, which is intended to better support remote workers and the adoption of mobile computing.

According to Dimension Data, IT departments are facing increased demands such as employees being more mobile and often work remotely, budget pressures and the need to constantly improve end user productivity. On-site virtual desktop infrastructure or VDI offers only a partial solution to these challenges, but many organizations are deterred by the high capital expenditures and complex infrastructure requirements.

Dimension Data are turning instead to desktops delivered as a cloud service which they believe will reduce capital expenditure while allowing workers to take their desktop experience anywhere on any device.

Leigh Jackson, Technology Manager for Dimension Data, said organizations are increasingly embracing cloud computing for its flexibility, efficiency and ease of use. Dimension Data’s been aggressively building its cloud services portfolio with solutions from Desktone’s multi-tenant virtual desktop platform.

By leveraging a local cloud, Dimension Data can allow organizations to provision, deploy and scale desktops on demand without maintaining an on-premise infrastructure. End users can access all of the programs and applications they need on any device from any location, and desktop quantities can be scaled up and down to meet changing business needs.

Peter McKay, CEO of Desktone, said DaaS is outpacing onsite enterprise VDI as a solution to market demands for device independence and controllable IT costs.