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AWS doubles down on DaaS with virtual desktop app marketplace

AWS is bolstering its ecosystem around desktops

Amazon has launched an application marketplace for AWS WorkSpaces, the company’s public cloud-based desktop-as-a-service, which it said would help users deploy virtualised desktop apps more quickly while keeping costs and permissioning under control.

Citic Telecom taps VMwarre for desktop as a service

Citic Telecom is using VMware Horizon to stand up its desktop as a service offering

Hong Kong-based telco Citic Telecom CPC has launched a desktop as a service offering based on VMware Horizon, which the company claims is the first of its kind in the region.

UK DaaS provider Atlas Cloud scores £350k to fuel growth

Newcastle-based DaaS provider secured £350k in funding, which will help fuel the company's expansion efforts

Newcastle-based desktop as a service provider Atlas Cloud announced this week that it has secured £350,000 in new investment from Northstar Ventures and other private investors, which the company said would help fuel the next stage of its UK growth strategy.

Marist College CIO: How Big Data and cloud can improve learning outcomes

William Thirsk, vice president and chief information officer, Marist College

Leveraging cutting edge technology to improve the learning process in higher education is a concept most universities strive to practice but increasingly struggle to afford. Bill Thirsk, vice president and chief information officer of Marist College, a medium-sized liberal arts university in New York said that technology, particularly cloud and Big Data, is essential to how the school improves the learning outcomes of its students.

Telefónica acquires eyeOS to bolster cloud services with VDI

Telefónica announced Tuesday that it has acquired eyeOS, a cloud start-up providing browser-based VDI

Spanish operator Telefónica announced Tuesday that it has acquired eyeOS, a cloud start-up providing browser-based desktop as a service capabilities, for an undisclosed sum. Telefónica said the move will bolster its cloud strategy by enabling enterprises to virtualise legacy applications and make them available to users anywhere via the cloud.

Places for People replaces PCs with Citrix cloud VDI

People for Places replaced its PCs with cloud-based VDI

UK property management and development firm Places for People announced this week that it has replaced its on-premise infrastructure with a cloud-based VDI from Citrix, shaving nearly £1m off the company’s IT bill in the process.

Google, VMware team up to bring Microsoft legacy apps to ChromeOS

DataHotel will deploy its gaming-focused platform as a service on IBM SoftLayer's infrastructure gloablly

Longtime collaborators Google and VMware are teaming up to expand Google’s ChromeOS to support legacy Windows-based applications. The companies believe that enabling Windows applications on Chromebooks will make the desktop as a service platform more popular among enterprises.

Mobile and DaaS setting of VMware/Citrix war for 2014?

Citrix and VMware are pitted against one another in the battle to virtualise end-user computing, both on the desktop and mobile platforms

Citrix and VMware released their fourth quarter financial results this week, with both companies reporting a mixed bag as they go toe to toe in the desktop, mobile and datacentre segments. But Citrix, which has held somewhat of a lead in mobile and desktop virtualisation over its rival, may see that gap narrow as DaaS and mobile cloud become intensely competitive over the next year.

Cisco throws its hat into Desktop as a Service game

Cisco is entering the desktop as a service game, targeting cloud service providers and MSPs

After several years selling desktop virtualisation products Cisco announced a Desktop as a Service offering this week, targeted at cloud service providers. Cisco, which said it expects 59m users of virtualised desktop infrastructure by 2016, is partnering with virtualisation incumbents Citrix and VMware to deliver the service.

Cloud providers need to work on SLA’s and reliability, says NATS CIO

NATS is one of Europe's largest air traffic control service providers

Cloud service providers have been improving their service terms but still have a way to go when it comes to guaranteeing service reliability, says NATS CIO Gavin Walker.