VMware announced on Tuesday at VMworld Barcelona that it has acquired Desktone, a Boston-based desktop as a service provider. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Destkone offers an advanced multi-tenant desktop virtualization platform for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a service. Desktone will join the VMware End-User Computing group.
By combining Desktone’s DaaS platform with VMware Horizon View, VMware will have a solid offering to help its service provider partners go to market with a cloud desktop service.
Desktone has an existing service provider base of around 40 providers worldwide. These partners will join VMware’s network of over 11,000 service provider partners.
Desktop as a service is becoming an increasingly popular cloud solution for business users as remote workforces are on the rise, with some 3.3 million people working remotely in the US currently. With VMware’s broad partner base, DaaS will become more accessible to businesses of every size.
Also on Tuesday, VMware announced its plans to bring its VMware vCloud Hybrid Service to the UK, with its first data center located in Slough.
VMware will offer a private beta of vCloud Hybrid in Q4, with general availability slotted for early next year.
“The UK represents one of the largest IT markets in Europe, and VMware is committed to providing customers with a local, in-country public cloud which will enable them to extend their current data centers and deploy new cloud-native applications,” Bill Fathers, senior vice president and general manager, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit, VMware said. ”This is the first significant milestone in our commitment to deliver cloud services in Europe. VMware vCloud Hybrid Service is growing quickly in the US, and this expansion addresses UK and European data locality, privacy, security and sovereignty challenges.”