SoftLayer, ICC Global Hosting Partner for Virtual Desktops
ICC Global Hosting has announced the launch of a virtual desktop offering, built on Citrix technology and the SoftLayer CloudLayer cloud platform. The goal is to help organizations deploy cost-saving virtual desktops that can be accessed anywhere, from any device at any time.
The ICC virtual desktop offering will run in a Windows environment (the press release doesn’t specify which version) with Microsoft Office and other commonly used applications, with the option for customer-selected custom or client server applications as well. And again, as long as there’s an Internet connection, end users can access their desktop from any device, from Apple Macbook Pro to Motorola Xoom and back, according to ICC.
Tim Hites, president of ICC Global Hosting, had this to say on the offering’s value proposition in a prepared statement:
“We often talk to people who want the benefits of virtual desktops for their company but cannot justify the infrastructure or management cost. Through our partnership with SoftLayer we can reduce the infrastructure cost of desktop virtualization in a managed and scalable manner, saving clients both time and money. ICC along with SoftLayer and Citrix can implement a departmental or companywide deployment of cloud desktops to any device, quickly and at a very affordable monthly price.”
In other words, it’s the same old cloud story: high ROI, low TCO and no need to maintain your own infrastructure. There’s a 12-month minimum commitment, and you need to purchase 10 licenses to take advantage, with overall pricing depending on which applications the customer chooses for its virtual desktops.
This ICC and SoftLayer partnership speaks to two channel trends: one, Citrix is serious about expanding its VDI business. And two, despite the insistence by so-called “pure” SaaS vendors that it’s merely a passing phase, cloud providers are embracing virtual desktop services.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on ICC Global Hosting, Citrix and SoftLayer, so stay tuned for more.