Cisco made two announcements on Tuesday that reflect its intention to address the BYOD challenges faced by businesses, including the launch of a new Desktop as a Service solution and the acquisition of Collaborate.com, a company that provides tools for mobile collaboration.
Cisco said its DaaS solution is designed for cloud providers to offer their customers a virtual desktop subscription service. Cloud providers can access management tools and licensing components through its DaaS solution which can be delivered to multiple customers through one platform.
Business customers have the option of building their own on-premise desktop virtualization solution or buying a cloud-based solution. According to Cisco, its underlying desktop virtualization solution has been improved to deliver better scalability and performance and offer up to 252 virtual desktops on a single UCS blade server.
“Many organizations are looking for ways to achieve the benefits of desktop virtualization without the need to install and maintain equipment or make capital investments,” Satinder Sethi, Vice President, Engineering, Unified Computing said. “Not only is Desktop as a Service a great solution for a growing number of companies, but Cisco’s offering is uniquely architected to help cloud service providers achieve rapid time-to-market while economically scaling their business.”
Also on Tuesday, Cisco announced its acquisition of Collaborate.com, a move that will help it better address the mobile and cloud markets.
With the acquisition, Cisco is adding a team of cloud and mobile software developers, and plans to provide a “comprehensive solution that enables the mobile workforce to work smarter and more efficiently from virtually anywhere.”
Collaborate provides unified document sharing, task management and team communication capabilities. Users can create virtual collaboration rooms where they can chat and share documents, notes, photos and videos.
Recently, Cisco provided details around its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), a unified approach to data center and cloud automation that’s built around the network needs of applications.