As you have heard already, last month VMware acquired Desktone, and as such now owns all of their intellectual property (i.e. their software stack which runs their Desktop as a Service (DaaS) platform, and their customers).
This is a really nice success story for Desktone, which went from being a kind of “service provider for service providers” a few years ago, to becoming an industry leader in the DaaS space today. And it’s well deserved, too -- Desktone is a renowned and advanced multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for delivering Windows desktop and applications as a cloud service.
For more information, please visit these links:Desktone and VMware - Partner Testimonials (YouTube video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9LveGp5-cY
Official VMware Press Release: http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/2013/vmw-euc-daas-10-15-13.html
Why did VMware acquired Desktone?
We think there are a couple of key reasons why acquiring Desktone is a great move for VMWare:
1. It gives VMware an edge on its main competitor, Citrix, and shows the market that they’re very serious about desktops in the cloud. According to Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager at VMware's End-User Computing unit: “VMware instantly becomes a provider of desktop-as-a-service with the opportunity to set the course for the entire industry moving forward”.
2. This acquisition helps complete VMware’s virtualization solution. It can now offer all of the advantages and benefits of Desktone to its 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners, and enable them to easily manage desktops and apps through the cloud for any devices, from anywhere.
How Does this Effect Devolutions?
As you may recall, last year I wrote an article the Devolutions’ story, and highlighted how Desktone helped us launch our company in 2010. To make a long (but interesting!) story short, Desktone invested in the development of Remote Desktop Manager, in exchange for the use of our technology. However, now that Desktone has switched its focus on DaaS and is now part of VMware, our partnership has ended.
Yet, this is certainly not a sad ending. While we’ll miss working with the experts at Desktone, we’re happy for their success, and excited for their future. They worked very hard to get to this point and deserve all the credit.
We wish them the best, and wanted to say thank you once again for helping us become the company we are today.