Add desktop virtualization to list of services that carriers are looking to sell into the business market and corporate enterprises. Information Week reports that start-up vendor Desktone has combined virtualization technology with software-as-a-service philosophy to offer the service. Desktops can be offered as a carrier-hosted and managed service, so that a business can save server and storage costs. Desktone is reselling the service through carrier partners, and Verizon Business is among the first to sign up. Meanwhile, Cincinnati Bell is working with virtualization juggernaut VMware on a similar service, the companies announced last month.
The service is an example of how broadly virtualization technology is now being deployed to change how servers, data centers and now desktops are being used and managed. Desktop virtualization can be particularly helpful in businesses such as call centers, where multiple employees may share the same desktop or applications. This trend fits in well with the managed services strategies of many carriers as they look to succeed in hotly-competitive business market segments.