The growing DaaS (Desktop-as-a-Service) market has a new provider; Appia Communications, the cloud communications and networking services provider, has launched a new cloud desktop service on Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 7, plus Microsoft Office, hosted Exchange and a range of free applications, i.e. Adobe Reader, line of business applications, such as accounting apps, as well as provide customers with print, file, storage and domain servers and secure backup.
Victor von Schlegell, President at Appia, explained: “We believe that small and midsize companies and organisations will be moving desktops to the cloud, just as they have moved their phone services. Both save capital and operating dollars, and free up IT staff to focus on more mission-critical projects. In addition, cloud desktops provide much better security since data are stored in the cloud, not locally.”
With more and more organisations deploying DaaS services, and particularly with the launch of AWS by Amazon late last year, as well as new solutions from VMware and Horizon, cloud service providers are starting to partner with distributors to offer cloud-based desktop services.
Von Schlegell added: “The experience of working from a cloud desktop is just like working from a local desktop or laptop. But people can also work from smartphones and tablets, which enables much greater mobility.”
By Allie Philpin