Newsroom Press Release

May 18, 2011

Desktone to Offer Cloud-Hosted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure on Platform Equinix

Unique deployment enables Desktone to deliver a cost-effective solution that ensures a high quality end-user experience 

REDWOOD CITY, CA — May 18, 2011 — Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, today announced that Desktone, the pioneer of Cloud-hosted Desktops-as-a-Service, will leverage Platform Equinix to launch the next generation of its cloud-hosted virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Desktone selected Equinix for its proximity to existing customers and target markets, flexible global infrastructure, and ability to scale to support rapid growth in end-user utilization and adoption. Desktone will initially deploy in North America, and has plans to expand globally across Platform Equinix.

“Desktone launched the industry’s first cloud-hosted desktop service platform over four years ago and has the only cloud-hosted VDI offering in the market,” said Peter McKay, CEO of Desktone. “Cloud-hosted VDI enables customers and service providers to get all the benefits of virtual desktops without the upfront costs and complexities that plague traditional onsite VDI deployments.”

The infrastructure required for cloud-hosted VDI is very different from traditional IT servers, previous generation virtual desktop technology, and conventional data center environments. Equinix’s flexibility and capability ensures that Desktone is able to deliver this next-generation blueprint in the most cost effective manner. Desktone has two offerings on the Equinix Platform:

Desktone Cloud:  A direct to-end customer service built on the cloud-hosted VDI blueprint that is the most cost-effective and easy to deploy VDI solution. Desktone eliminates the high upfront capital investment needed with traditional VDI and the ongoing capital expenses of managing complex environments by providing the virtual desktop environment in the cloud. Unlike other offerings, Desktone offers a complete, dedicated desktop for each user with zero upfront costs, no software/hardware to deploy, and flexible deployment and pricing options.

Desktone Cloud-Hosted VDI Blueprint for Service Providers: The industry’s first blueprint designed to give service providers everything they need to provide compelling, profitable cloud-hosted VDI offerings as quickly as possible. It includes software and a comprehensive reference architecture for operations to ease and accelerate building the offering, and a quick-start environment that utilizes the Desktone Cloud, which service providers can use to immediately offer cloud-hosted VDI. 

Cloud-hosted VDI requires unique infrastructure to support end-user performance requirements and lower service delivery costs. When latency targets aren’t met, end-user applications are significantly impacted and compromise the customer experience. As such, proximity of the VDI cloud deployment to the end-user communities is one of the crucial requirements when choosing a data center provider. Desktone is committed to delivering sub-20 millisecond latency for all of the markets it serves to ensure a differentiating, high-quality customer experience.

“Cloud services such as VDI require a comprehensive service delivery capability to achieve the performance necessary for a quality end-user experience. When end-users are impacted by latency, the business value proposition of Cloud services can become highly compromised.” said Vince DiMemmo, general manager, global Cloud and IT Services at Equinix. “The combination of Desktone’s technology and VDI infrastructure on Platform Equinix has yielded a highly optimized service delivery capability.”

“As more enterprises leverage Cloud services, end-user quality of experience will be essential to drive loyalty and further adoption. As such, it is critical for enterprises to work with service providers that overcome latency induced by the distance to customers, within the service delivery and access networks, and within the underlying technology stacks,” added DiMemmo.

About Desktone

Desktone is changing the way people buy and manage desktops. Desktone pioneered the concept of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), the easiest and most affordable way to deploy hosted virtual desktops. The Desktone Cloud, Desktone’s DaaS offering, provides all of the benefits of virtualized desktops without any of the hassles. By delivering virtual desktops in the cloud, Desktone enables enterprises to rapidly provision desktops to users connected on any device, anywhere, without the upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktop virtualization—transforming desktops from a CAPEX to OPEX item. Founded in 2007, Desktone is funded by Highland Capital and Softbank and is headquartered in Boston, MA. For more information, visit www.desktone.com

Informationen zu Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects businesses with partners and customers around the world through a global platform of high performance data centers, containing dynamic ecosystems and the broadest choice of networks. More than 3,350 enterprises, cloud, digital content and financial companies connect to more than 650 network service providers and rely on Platform Equinix to grow their business, improve application performance and protect their vital digital assets. Equinix operates in 37 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific and continually invests in expanding its platform to power customer growth. www.equinix.com

Forward Looking Statements

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