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Cisco desktop virtualization portfolio expanded with hosted version

Cisco is offering DaaS to cloud providers for customers wanting a subscription-based VDI offering. Plus, Gartner predicts big numbers for IoT.

Cisco's Desktop as a Service (DaaS), announced by the vendor earlier this month, is being offered to cloud providers for customers looking for a subscription-based virtualized desktop offering.

According to Cisco, the new DaaS solution is built on the company's on-premises Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution, which is based on either Citrix XenDesktop or VMware Horizon View. Cisco DaaS offers the same benefits, including reduced desktop IT costs, improved security, increased control and expanded connectivity in a pay-per-user model.

Cloud providers looking to expand their offerings are also given operational capabilities such as management tools, licensing components and the ability to deliver desktops to multiple customers from one platform.

As part of the announcement, Cisco noted that it enhanced the underlying Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solution to provide improved density of hosted virtual desktops, offering as many as 252 virtual desktops on a single Unified Computing System (UCS) blade server; support for applications that require high-quality rendering of immersive three-dimensional graphics; and new UCS Solution Accelerator Packs for Desktop Virtualization, which simplify ordering, according to Cisco.

Gartner: IoT revenue to exceed $300 billion

According to Gartner, the Internet of Things (IoT) -- excluding PCs, tablets and smartphones -- will grow to 26 billion units installed in 2020, accounting for more than $300 billion in incremental revenue generated by product and service suppliers that year.

The IoT is defined by Gartner as the network of physical objects containing embedded technology that communicates, senses or interacts with their external states or the external environment. Today, many of the categories of connected IoT that will be available in 2020 don't even exist, but enterprise use of the IoT, or intelligent devices, is expected to be extensive, according to the research firm.

For example, markets where IoT technology will be found: medical devices and healthcare, insurance, banking, transportation, and agriculture, to name a handful.

Microsoft: Top enterprise trends 2014

Susan Hauser, corporate vice president of the worldwide enterprise and partner group at Microsoft, wrote about trends she expects to be important in 2014 it in a recent blog post:

1. The Internet of Things is a hot topic in customer conversations. With more companies deploying sensors and devices in all crevices of their business, the data explosion is just beginning. She predicts that the task of figuring out which data sets to pay attention to and which ones to ignore will become a big deal in 2014.

2. Reverse bring your own device. Business-ready, secure mobile devices are so popular that, to save money, many organizations are centrally deploying mobility solutions that are equally effective at work and play.

3. The social enterprise grows up. The fear and dread about social technologies in the workplace that plagued companies in the recent past is falling away, with more companies looking at the social enterprise as a way to keep their finger on the pulse of communication that can benefit their business. Companies that embrace enterprise social networking, both inside and outside the corporate walls, will increase their ability to drive meaningful business results, she said.

4. New business models with cloud. Cloud isn't just about cost reduction. More companies are viewing cloud as a new revenue opportunity and a way to enable business value, innovation and competitive differentiation.

5. Cozying up to the customer. Customers are increasingly savvy and enlightened. Hauser said businesses need to step up their level of service and support to match the growing needs of empowered customers.

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