Dynastack to Launch Cloud Desktop Service Powered by OpenStack

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 7:57 am

Dynastack Cloud Desktops allows users to provision virtual desktops and workstations complete with profiles, roles, security, applications and storage Dynastack Cloud Desktops allows users to provision virtual desktops and workstations complete with profiles, roles, security, applications and storage

Cloud services provider Dynastack announced on Thursday the first release of its Cloud Desktops product and the planned release of its Hybrid Cloud Desktop solution powered by OpenStack.

Though cost has hampered market penetration of virtual desktop infrastructure, Dynastack says it sees more enterprises adopting VDI with thin client and bring your own device architectures as well as moving to desktop as a service offerings. A study by Visiongain last year estimated that the global cloud-based VDI market would reach $11.2 billion in 2012.

Those findings are contrary to a more recent Forrester Research study which found that less than 10 percent of IT decision makers in North America and Europe plan to implement virtual desktop infrastructure deployments.

Dynastack Cloud Desktops allows users to provision virtual desktops and workstations complete with profiles, roles, security, applications and storage one time and then deploy that instance to dozens or hundreds of users in a matter of minutes, according to the press release.

Dynastack says that it has found the primary complaint among current adopters of VDI and DaaS technology is the high latency of the remote display. Since 2011, Dynastack has been working on several solutions to the issue and will launch its Hybrid Cloud Desktop solution in the coming months to address these needs.

“VDI represents an intriguing prospect that hasn’t really reached fruition in terms of enterprise rollout,” Dynastack CEO Jared Rice said in a statement. “I suspect that is largely due to the inherent video latency issues with traditional VDI offerings and the underlying costs to address it. Our Hybrid Cloud Desktops solve the problem by using local resources primarily and then burst to the cloud when more resources are needed all while continually backing up both instances. Hybrid gives mobile workers the flexibility enterprises are looking for, while at the same time creating the ultimate BYOD. Since everything is really in the cloud ecosystem, it’s as secure as you want it to be.”

Cloud Desktops from Dynastack have the option to run Windows, Suse, Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian and ChromiumOS with utility pricing similar to standard server pricing. Dynastack says its primary goal is to continue developing its cloud ecosystem along with its Hybrid Cloud Desktops in order to bring the price point down to a friendly consumer level.

Dynastack offers Cloud Desktops in its private and public cloud ecosystems as well as offering it as an enterprise public or private VDI solution. The formal launch is scheduled for next week on April 8, though it is offering advance accounts for select users. Details are sparse on pricing and packages as the Dynastack website is still not fully functional.

Last year, enterprise OpenStack company Piston Cloud partnered with Gridcentric to launch the first virtual desktop infrastructure for OpenStack.

Talk back: Have you looked at offering a desktop as a service or virtual desktop solution What do you think of Dynastack’s perspective on challenges with current VDI offerings Let us know in a comment.

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