NEC Launches Desktop as a Service Powered by Desktone

NEC Leverages DaaS Platform to Deliver Easy-to-Use, Affordable Virtual Desktops

IRVING, Texas & LEXINGTON, Mass., Apr 24, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, managed services and biometric solutions, today announced that it has joined with Desktone, Inc., the pioneer of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), to deliver cloud-hosted virtual desktops. By leveraging the Desktone Platform, the industry’s only multi-tenant virtual desktop platform architected for service providers, NEC can deliver cost-effective, full-featured Windows desktops to any device, thus meeting enterprises’ demands for BYOD and distributed and remote workforce support.

NEC has created innovative private and public cloud environments for organizations worldwide, with integrated hosted and managed services that simplify the transition of critical business functions to the cloud. With its new DaaS offering, NEC can extend the benefits of cloud computing – including security, scalability and efficiency – to Windows desktops. NEC can rapidly provision and deploy desktops from the cloud to end user tablets, smartphones, laptops and PCs on demand, without investing in costly and complex on-site infrastructure.

“NEC has deep experience helping and transforming organizations in multiple industries, such as retail, healthcare, education, manufacturing and finance, smoothly transitioning enterprise applications to the cloud to help improve business agility,” said Vinod Muthuswamy, vice president, managed and cloud services, at NEC Corporation of America. “By adding desktops to our private application cloud, we’re able to broaden our cloud portfolio and provide end-to-end automation and management of enterprise workspaces in a way that makes IT more efficient and affordable.”

“Service providers are increasingly leveraging DaaS as a way to simplify virtual desktop deployments,” said Peter McKay, CEO, Desktone. “Many have tried traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offerings, but found them to be not suitable for cloud delivery. By delivering desktops as a cloud service, service providers such as NEC can easily wrap virtual desktops around their existing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) services while offering customers a flexible, affordable and device-independent desktop management strategy.”

With an increasing number of employees working remotely each day from customer locations, home offices or on the road, it’s essential that NEC be able to provide its customers with real-time access to business-essential programs and applications from a variety of end user devices.

“We looked at on-site VDI as a possibility, but found the difficulty and expense of installing and maintaining hardware and software was too great,” said Muthuswamy. “NEC’s cloud-hosted virtual desktops make it easy for employees to access their complete Windows desktops from any device at any time, helping our business improve productivity while reducing total cost of ownership.”

NEC’s DaaS offering will be available beginning in the third quarter of this calendar year. For more information about NEC, please visit: For more information on Desktone, please visit


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