Cisco Ramps Up Desktop Virtualization and Collaboration Efforts

By Sean Michael Kerner | Dec 18, 2013 | Print this Page
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Cisco is well known for its networking equipment, the cornerstone of its business operations, but the company also wants recognition for its collaboration and desktop efforts.

Cisco has acquired the assets and technology behind Collaborate.com for an undisclosed sum. collaborate.comCollaborate.com offers a mobile collaboration and project management platform that will now extend the Cisco portfolio.

"Cisco’s acquisition of Collaborate supports our goal of driving market leadership in collaboration," Hilton Romanski, senior vice president of Global Corporate Development at Cisco, wrote in a blog post. "Together, Cisco and Collaborate plan to provide a comprehensive solution that enables the mobile workforce to work smarter and more efficiently from virtually anywhere."

Desktop-as-a-Service

Another area that Cisco hopes to grow in 2014 is continued use of the network for application delivery and, in particular, desktop delivery.

Cisco is now leveraging its UCS server systems for Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) deployments. From a product perspective, Cisco now offers UCS Solution Accelerator Packs for Desktop Virtualization. Accelerator packs are Cisco's packaged offers that enable organizations to quickly get up and running. In November, Cisco announced accelerator packs for UCS to support the OpenStack cloud platform.

Cisco is partnering with both Citrix and VMware to enable the new Cisco UCS-based DaaS offering.

The Citrix desktop solution leveraged Citrix's XenDesktop and XenApp virtualization technologies to deliver the DaaS offering with Cisco.

The VMware solution leverages technology from the company's recent Desktone acquisition.

"Desktone by VMware and Cisco have developed a complete and proven blueprint for enabling service providers to offer a Desktop as a Service solution for delivering Windows desktops and applications as a cloud service based on VMware Horizon View." said Peter McKay, VP and GM, End-User Computing, VMware, in a statement.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist