To provide enterprise-quality virtual desktop computing environments for enterprises and IT service providers
Computer security company Symantec and virtualisation offerings provider VMware have announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to define and architect Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) tools.
The companies revealed the extension at the VMworld, 2011. They said the extension is aimed to provide secure, pre-integrated and well-managed enterprise-quality virtual desktop computing environments for enterprises and IT service providers.
Symantec said the initiative will leverage VMware virtual desktop and cloud infrastructure offerings including VMware View, VMware vShield, VMware vCloud Director 1.5 and VMware vSphere 5 with Symantec Endpoint Protection and the Altiris Client Management Suite to deliver a secure, manageable and cost-effective DaaS offering.
Symantec and VMware’s new Desktop-as-a-Service initiative will provide enterprises and IT service providers with a cost-effective way of leveraging on-premise Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI), said the company.
The company said that among the key benefits the DaaS offering will provide are: service driven cloud infrastructure; security protection from the cloud to the endpoint; and end-to-end configuration and control of applications.
Symantec Endpoint and Mobility Group senior vice-president Chirantan "CJ" Desai said, "Our partnership with VMware demonstrates the commitment by both organisations to jointly innovate with the goal of delivering a differentiated, secure and easy to manage hosted virtual desktop experience."
VMware End-User Computing vice-president and general manager Chris Young said, "VMware is committed to enabling the delivery of IT as secure, cloud-based services to end users."
"Through our expanded partnership with Symantec, we can deliver Desktop-as-a-Service solutions for enterprise organizations and service providers that offer the security, management and compliance customers require – all baked directly into a virtual desktop infrastructure and accessible to end users regardless of device or location," Young added.