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VMware beats Amazon to the punch with release of its cloud desktops

on March 10, 2014

Gigaom

One of the big reveals at the AWS Re:Invent conference in November was WorkSpaces, Amazon’s(S amzn) take on desktop virtualization run from its public cloud. At that time, it announced a limited preview of the service; fast forward four months and AWS WorkSpaces is still in limited preview while VMware is crowing about the actual launch of VMWare Horizon Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS).

And, salt to wound, Horizon’s low-end list price is $35 per desktop per month “for a full Windows client experience.” That matches the low-end price promised by Amazon. As desktop virtualization expert Brian Madden points out, even though VMware is using technology acquired with Desktone in October, this is still a moral victory.

Horizon daas price

Desktop virtualization — an umbrella term for several technologies including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) — aims to make it much easier for IT to manage diverse client computers by automatically pushing out patches and…

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