The Utility Company, an Ottawa-based IT franchising company, will begin beta-testing a new VMware-based virtualized desktop service in November and plans to release the first version of the service in early 2008.
As part of the franchisor's ConnectedOffice remote management service, the first iteration of the virtualized desktop environment will place VMware virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) inside the firewall at a client site, according to The Utility Company president Mark Scott. Around mid-2008, the company will release a version of ConnectedOffice that hosts the VDI at The Utility Company's own service center.
Scott, who was a founder of MSP platform vendor N-able, broke from the licensing model favored by many MSP vendors with the franchise-based company he started just a few years ago. He believes there's a compelling virtualization pitch to be made to managed services customers, one that runs counter to what he perceives as the misplaced priorities of some of The Utility Company's competitors.
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