Desktone Cloud-Hosted Virtual Desktop Platform Interoperates with Cisco
Integrated Services Router and Cisco UCS-E Series Server to Help Branch
Offices and SMBs Support Mobile and Remote Workforces
LEXINGTON, Mass. -- January 30, 2013
Desktone, Inc., the pioneer of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), announced today
the cloud-hosted Desktone virtual desktop platform is interoperable with the
Cisco Integrated Services Router Generation 2 (ISR G2) and UCS-E series
server, delivering simple, cost-effective Windows desktops and applications as
a cloud service to help SMBs, branch and remote offices meet demand for
mobility and remote workforce support. As a registered developer in the
Desktop Virtualization category of the Cisco Developer Network, Desktone has
completed interoperability verification testing required by Cisco.
Many branch offices and SMBs have explored virtual desktop infrastructure
(VDI) and found it too complex and costly. Cisco and Desktone help remove
these barriers by enabling organizations to receive all of the benefits of VDI
managed from the cloud. The Desktop Virtualization Cloud Connector delivers
simple, turnkey cloud-based virtual desktops that are pre-packaged on hardware
and remotely managed from the cloud by a service provider, transforming
desktops from a CAPEX outlay, into a predictable, easy to budget OPEX item.
The Desktop Virtualization Cloud Connector comprises the Desktone Platform
bundled with the Cisco Integrated Services Router Generation 2 (ISR G2) and
UCS-E Series Server. Desktone’s multi-tenant virtual desktop platform was
purpose-built for the cloud as an affordable, easy-to-use alternative to
traditional VDI technology. By hosting the cloud-based platform on the UCS-E
Series server, Cisco is able to offer centralized management and support for
end user desktops and apps, reducing the cost and complexity of desktop
virtualization. Service providers can offer a superior desktop experience with
no WAN limitations and end users can access full-functioning desktops with
local compute and all their applications from any device they choose.
“Mobility presents significant challenges for SMBs and companies with remote
offices, including device security, management and integration,” said Mike
Dillon, CTO, Quest®, one of the nation’s leading technology management firms.
“The Desktop Virtualization Cloud Connector is a simple, cost-effective way to
address these concerns, while enabling businesses greater flexibility in how
they work. Utilizing the cloud to deliver converged virtual desktop and
networking solutions makes it easy for us to provide our customers with
flexible, secure virtual desktops wherever and whenever they are needed.”
Cisco UCS E-Series Server modules are next-generation, power-optimized, x86,
Intel® Xeon® 64-bit blade servers designed to be deployed in Cisco ISR G2.
These price-to-performance-optimized, single-socket blade servers balance
simplicity, performance, reliability and power efficiency. They are well
suited for applications and infrastructure services typically deployed in
small offices and branch offices. Cisco ISR G2s and UCS E-Series servers lower
the TCO by reducing server hardware shipping costs, power consumption,
cooling, cabling, space and support costs. The built-in lights-out server
management through CIMC provides remote server monitoring and configuration
management for virtualized and bare metal deployments.
“Desktone has seen substantial interest from service providers that want to
service the branch office or SMBs,” said Peter McKay, CEO, Desktone. “With the
Desktop Virtualization Cloud Connector, service providers can easily
incorporate cloud-hosted desktops and apps into existing networking and
communications solutions without the cost and complexity typically associated
"Small and mid-sized organizations are quickly migrating to cloud computing
solutions as a way to adapt to changing business needs," said Mark Lohmeyer,
VP product management, Cisco. "With the inherent flexibility and scalability
the joint solution offers, virtual desktops hosted on the Cisco ISR G2 and UCS
E Series Server are an ideal solution for customers with branch offices and
remote workforces who are tasked with supporting numerous employees and
devices with limited IT resources."
Cisco will offer demonstrations of virtual desktops and applications hosted on
the UCS-E Series at Cisco Live 2013 in London, January 28 – February 1.
For more information on Cisco cloud connectors go to
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 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 and is headquartered in Boston, MA. For more information,
Interoperability testing is designed to simulate typical customer
configurations, and does not replace the need for on-site testing in
conjunction with actual implementation.
Press Contact for Desktone:
Kristin Villiotte, 781-684-0770
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