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Versatile, cloud-based virtual desktop service enhances performance and security
By: Simon Hill
Dec. 7, 2017 04:00 PM
Cloud Collaboration Reaches New Heights for Fujitsu and Citrix
Long-term partners Fujitsu Limited and Citrix Systems Japan have announced a new virtual desktop service based in the cloud. Designed to take some of the pain out of digital transformation, the new offering makes it easier to create digital workspaces in a secure manner that's scalable.
The Fujitsu Managed Infrastructure Service Virtual Desktop Service VCC (Virtual Client on Cloud) employs the Citrix suite of virtual desktop infrastructure products, including Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop, and Citrix ShareFile. The two companies have been working together in the VDI space for decades, but this new agreement enables Fujitsu to sell the new service.
"Fujitsu has always provided cutting-edge and highly reliable technology that supports society and our customers," explained Matsuhiro Kishimoto, Senior Fellow, SVP, Deputy Head of Service Platform Business, Fujitsu Limited. "I am certain that by offering a cloud-based service in combination with Citrix's VDI products, we will be able to meet the diverse needs of customers who are transforming the way they work."
Virtualization Is in demand
Costs for virtual desktops are also dipping below comparable hardware costs, and with a single, fixed subscription price, ongoing variable running expenses can be eliminated. Compared to adopting your own solution, an outsourced VDI allows for rapid scalability at a fixed, known price. VDI is also capable of handling data-rich, graphics-heavy applications, so there's no need to compromise on performance.
There's also something to be said for a cloud-based service that allows for greater convergence and reduces the operations management burden on system administrators. No surprise then, that the market is set to reach $14 billion by 2020, according to Technavio. It puts the overall VDI penetration rate against commercial PCs at around 9% in 2015 and suggests it's likely to hit 40% by 2020.
Main Features of the Virtual Client on Cloud
There's also support for Linux-based applications to be used in the VDI environment, which could prove particularly handy for market analysis, or scientific research. The Citrix ShareFile component delivers robust cloud storage that can be securely linked to internal company storage for seamless and secure access from anywhere and on any device.
The VCC uses NVIDIA's GPU virtualization technology to cater for functions that require a high-performance GPU. This could prove crucial for things like CAD and CAE software that demand high computational processing speeds.
The Future of Desktop Virtualization
If you're interested, Fujitsu Managed Infrastructure Service Virtual Desktop Service VCC is available starting on December 1, and will cost JPY 3,500 per month per user for a 100-user contract. That works to around $31 plus tax right now. There are already plans to expand the collaboration by folding Fujitsu's K5 public cloud service into the mix, so we can expect the VCC to grow over time.
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