NEC Launches Desktop as a Service Powered by Desktone

  NEC Launches Desktop as a Service Powered by Desktone

    NEC Leverages DaaS Platform to Deliver Easy-to-Use, Affordable Virtual
                                   Desktops

Business Wire

IRVING, Texas & LEXINGTON, Mass. -- April 24, 2013

NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of
advanced IT, communications, managed services and biometric solutions, today
announced that it has joined with Desktone, Inc., the pioneer of Desktops as a
Service (DaaS), to deliver cloud-hosted virtual desktops. By leveraging the
Desktone Platform, the industry’s only multi-tenant virtual desktop platform
architected for service providers, NEC can deliver cost-effective,
full-featured Windows desktops to any device, thus meeting enterprises’
demands for BYOD and distributed and remote workforce support.

NEC has created innovative private and public cloud environments for
organizations worldwide, with integrated hosted and managed services that
simplify the transition of critical business functions to the cloud. With its
new DaaS offering, NEC can extend the benefits of cloud computing – including
security, scalability and efficiency – to Windows desktops. NEC can rapidly
provision and deploy desktops from the cloud to end user tablets, smartphones,
laptops and PCs on demand, without investing in costly and complex on-site
infrastructure.

“NEC has deep experience helping and transforming organizations in multiple
industries, such as retail, healthcare, education, manufacturing and finance,
smoothly transitioning enterprise applications to the cloud to help improve
business agility,” said Vinod Muthuswamy, vice president, managed and cloud
services, at NEC Corporation of America. “By adding desktops to our private
application cloud, we’re able to broaden our cloud portfolio and provide
end-to-end automation and management of enterprise workspaces in a way that
makes IT more efficient and affordable.”

“Service providers are increasingly leveraging DaaS as a way to simplify
virtual desktop deployments,” said Peter McKay, CEO, Desktone. “Many have
tried traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offerings, but found
them to be not suitable for cloud delivery. By delivering desktops as a cloud
service, service providers such as NEC can easily wrap virtual desktops around
their existing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) services while offering
customers a flexible, affordable and device-independent desktop management
strategy.”

With an increasing number of employees working remotely each day from customer
locations, home offices or on the road, it’s essential that NEC be able to
provide its customers with real-time access to business-essential programs and
applications from a variety of end user devices.

“We looked at on-site VDI as a possibility, but found the difficulty and
expense of installing and maintaining hardware and software was too great,”
said Muthuswamy. “NEC’s cloud-hosted virtual desktops make it easy for
employees to access their complete Windows desktops from any device at any
time, helping our business improve productivity while reducing total cost of
ownership.”

NEC’s DaaS offering will be available beginning in the third quarter of this
calendar year. For more information about NEC, please visit: www.necam.com.
For more information on Desktone, please visit www.desktone.com.

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Contact:

NEC Corporation of America
Linda Graham, 214-262-3766
linda.graham@necam.com
or
Schwartz MSL (For Desktone)
Kristin Villiotte, 781-684-0770
desktone@schwartzmsl.com