ThinkGrid Launches Windows 7 Hosted Virtual Desktop Service
ThinkGrid , a cloud service provider that works with more than 150 MSPs, has launched a Windows 7-based Hosted Virtual Desktop service. The new service debuts amid an inflection point for thousands of customers. Many are mulling direct migrations from Windows XP to traditional Windows 7 PCs. But there certainly is growing demand for hosted virtual desktop services as well — especially as some customers strive to centrally manage each PC image on a server.
ThinkGrid CEO Rob Lovell, in a prepared statement, said:
“With support for Windows XP coming to an end, many businesses will soon have to upgrade to Windows 7 and incur significant Capex and migration costs. The Hosted Virtual Desktop route offers businesses an Opex path to Windows 7, and as with the original XP solution, a fully personalized Windows experience.”
The new ThinkGrid service costs $1.50 per user per day, or about $45 per user per month. We’re checking to see if that also includes hosted Microsoft Office and other services.
A growing number of cloud service providers have been developing hosted virtual desktop strategies. mindSHIFT, an MSP that’s moving deeper into cloud services, sees hosted desktops as the next big opportunity. And Intermedia acquired Zlago in June 2011 for a hosted desktop push.
Still, hosted desktop specialists will need to partner and compete with Microsoft, which launched:
ThinkGrid has been taking steps to work more closely with channel partners. The company integrated its cloud network with ConnectWise’s PSA Software in early 2011, and ThinkGrid’s partner portfolio includes more than 150 MSPs serving roughly 10,000 end-users each day.
Gregg Berretta, head of North America sales and market, says ThinkGrid has “absolutely no direct sales. That’s a a big differentiator for MSPs because we’re not competing with them. Our service is white label. Many companies sell through channels but then continue to do direct sales and compete with their partners. We stand by our decision to make no direct sales to customers.”
Berretta said that ThinkGrid is prepared to open a new data center Brazil within the next three months, and in San Jose, California and Amsterdam at the end of the 2011 calendar year. ThinkGrid already has four data centers in the U.S., three in the U.K. and one in Australia.