In a surprise move, hyperconverged systems startup NIMBOXX has acquired Virtual Bridges’ VERDE VDI platform. NIMBOXX has received some early acclaim for its MeshOS™ hyperconverged appliance. This appliance takes a “simpler is better” approach to converged infrastructure platforms. NIMBOXX claims that customers can be up and running in as little as seven minutes after powering on its appliance. The company’s real business is its KVM-based MeshOS, delivered on a commodity hardware platform, with the business aim of keeping purchasing and installation as simple as possible.
Articles Tagged with DaaS
In my overview of Desktop as a Service (DaaS) delivery models last month, I touched on availability services, an emerging market that shows strong potential for future growth, and on DaaS services specifically tailored to disaster recovery. Now, fresh from witnessing the slightly embarrassing spectacle of San Francisco grinding to a halt after a little light rain, I thought it would be worth taking a closer look at Horizon Air Desktop DR.
I took an in-depth look at Microsoft Azure RemoteApp in June this year, praising its performance and ease of use while drawing attention to missed opportunities and unanswered questions. Now, five months later, Microsoft has taken the plunge and opened the door to paying customers, and it’s not at all bad.
In part one of this article, we looked at the different types of DaaS products and services that masquerade as cloud workspaces, breaking down the marketplace into:
- Desktop Platform as a Service: A bare-bones service offering licensing, infrastructure, and very little else;
- Integrated Desktop as a Service: Mainstream DaaS complete with integrated image and application management services; and
- Managed Desktop as a Service: The cloud desktop as a fully managed outsourced service.
IndependenceIT announced yesterday that leading DaaS provider nGenx is dropping Citrix in favor of standardizing IndependenceIT Cloud Workspace Suite (CWS)—covered in depth here last month. CWS will serve as the foundation for nGenx nFinity Workspace, nGenx XP apps hosting, and nGenx Line of Business Application Hosting for faster deployment and simplified management at a lower overall cost.
In reviewing various DaaS services over the last few months, a common theme has emerged: Any and every service provider wants to deliver, or at least wants you to think that it can deliver, some sort of cloud workspace.
But just what is a cloud workspace, and how does it differ from DaaS?