Symantec and VMware Deliver Desktop-as-a-Service Solutions: Chirantan Desai Comments

Today at VMworld 2011, Symantec and VMware announced an expansion on their strategic partnership to define and architect Desktop-as-a-Service solutions.

Their goal is to provide secure, pre-integrated and well-managed desktop computing environments for enterprises and IT service provides. This initiative will leverage VMware virtual desktop and cloud infrastructure solutions such as VMware vSphere 5 with Symnatec Endpoint Protection and the Altiris Client Management Suite to deliver a secure, manageable and cost-effective DaaS solution.

Combining VMware’s technology in virtualization and cloud infrastructure and management with Symantec’s expertise in security and endpoint management, the partnership will create a highly secure solution that reduces IT spending without compromising regulatory and other security concerns.

The DaaS solution will provide service driven cloud infrastructure, security protection form the cloud to the endpoint and end-to-end configuration and control of applications.

“Our partnership with VMware demonstrates the commitment by both organizations to jointly innovate with the goal of delivering a differentiated, secure and easy to manage hosted virtual desktop experience,” said Chirantan Desai, senior vice president of the Endpoint and Mobility Group at Symantec.

“VMware is committed to enabling the delivery of IT as secure, cloud-based services to end users,” said Chris Young, vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware. “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.”

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