Desktone , the desktop-as-a-service (DaaS?) company, has just signed on both HP and Verizon to provide desktops-as-a-service to their customers. Right now Alessandro says they're only based on VMware's VI3 infrastructure, which is insteresting since Citrix was one of the investors who threw $17M into the company last summer.
It's still not 100% clear to me exactly what Desktone does. I caught up with Desktone CTO Clint Battersby for some beers a few months ago in NYC. I left the bar five beers heavier, several brain cells lighter, and about fifteen napkins full of drawings that Clint made explaining what they do and how it works.
According to their website and what I can deduce from my napkin pile, the Desktone Virtual-D offering is a hosted desktop platform, based on VMware (and soon Citrix) technologies on the backend. The idea is that Desktone combines off-the-shelf technologies with a bunch of custom code and know-how to deliver an enterprise desktop at a pricepoint that actually makes ROI sense for large enterprises. The desktops will be hosted offsite in the huge datacenters that most enterprises already use for a lot of their data.
If none of this makes sense, then feel free to hit up CTO Clint Battersby at BriForum next month in Chicago. Clint will be one of our four camera operators this year.
So yeah, at BriForum, even the camera operators are geeks. It's like that joke with the Pope in the limo. If a VDI CTO is operating a camera at BriForum, who do you think he's recording? :) Seriously, how did Clint end up running a camera? Last year we sold out of all of our attendee spots for BriForum. Clint called us and said "I really, really want to come to BriForum. Is there ANYTHING I can do to get there?" Emily thought about this for awhile and said, "Do you know how to operate a video camera?"
Clint had such a good time doing so that immediately after last year's event he said "Count me in for next year too!" And this is fine by us. So even though Desktone is not exhibiting in our DEMO lab, you can look for Clint behind the camera and find out what exactly they do.