Tag Archives: Desktop as a Service

DaaS Service Level Agreement Immaturity Can Hamper Technology Adoption

DesktopVirtualizationA recent survey by Entelechy Associates indicates that while interest in DaaS is growing, no more than 2% of IT organizations are currently committed to adopting DaaS by 2014. While DaaS technology is rapidly maturing, the same cannot always be said for the service offerings themselves. The problem is not necessarily with individual DaaS products, but with service providers’ interpretations of how these products should be measured. Continue reading DaaS Service Level Agreement Immaturity Can Hamper Technology Adoption

Thames Water dips its toe in Desktone’s pool – DaaS throws off it’s waterwings?

Thames Water have signed up to give a sizable part of its desktop infrastructure management  to services built on Desktone’s VDI stack hosted and maintained by Molten Technologies.  Thames Water is the UK’s largest water and sewerage company, serving one of the world’s largest conurbations.  Is this a significant landmark for Desktop As-A-Service (DaaS) provision? The utility sector is very focused on costs, tends to be studiously following the curve rather than forging fast into uncharted waters. DaaS, for some, is still interesting concept, but has the perception of risk.

Thames Water CIO Aiden Heke said: “Our decision to invest in virtual desktop technology demonstrates our innovative approach and our long-term commitment to contain costs and boost staff productivity by improving flexibility and security. This supports our main aim of delivering the best possible service to our 14m customers.”

Sounds canny. But, what have Thames Water and Molten Technologies done with Desktone’s software? Is DaaS now a service that can accommodate a company with a client base of 14 million? Desktone had a major campaign around the $1/day desktop: is that’s what’s in use here? Indeed, are Desktone a software company, or a hosting company? Given the known costs and complexity of a virtual desktop infrastructure, can you only deliver a VDI if you situate your services in the cloud? Where does DaaS sit in comparison to a virtual desktop infrastructure?  Will Desktone leave Citrix and VMware in the Doldrums?

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Podio Released. Does the social work platform herald the beginning-of-the-end of desktops?

After two years in development, the latest workplace collaboration service, Podio, was stood up to be counted at the end of March. Podio is focused on improving execution and collaboration for  business processes, knowledge and projects. With Podio, business teams can define their own customizable work spaces: without external programming support.

Why is this important? There is much discussion on improving desktop management: and typically the driver is “to reduce cost”. This involves looking to ease deployment; introduce user personalisation and rights control; considering application virtualisation. The simple fact is, if you want to control your desktop management costs, you introduce better management: you make an unmanaged device, a managed one. However, when tightly defining a desktop workspace and controlling how it is configured (to reduce costs) it often prevents users from accessing their data in ways that they need. IT can become a barrier, not an enabler. Continue reading Podio Released. Does the social work platform herald the beginning-of-the-end of desktops?

MokaFive Suite 3.0

Redwood City-based MokaFive is bringing its year to a close with two major product announcements. Releasing both MokaFive Suite 3.0 as well as its first cloud offering, the MokaFive Suite Service Provider Edition, on the same day.


MokeFive Suite is an enterprise desktop management platform that is used to create and administer layered virtual desktop images called ‘LivePCs’  which execute as guests on a type II hypervisor. LivePC images are authored using the MokaFive Creator which also serves as a test platform to simulate and end-users experience.  LivePC images can be stored on centralized or distributed file stores. MokaFive also provides support for Amazon S3 storage, which can be of significant value in managing highly distributed environments, or run directly off USB flash drives. MokaFive LivePCs are effectively hypervisor agnostic; support  is currently available for VMware’s free Player and the open source Virtual Box. Beta support for Parallels Workstation is new in MokaFive Suite 3.0, and MokaFive’s own bare metal platform will be shipping in Q1 2011. Continue reading MokaFive Suite 3.0