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sector clients at Citrix, agreed that DaaS offers the ability to potentially of oad desktop management and shift away from capital expenditures. Some federal agencies are taking a closer look at DaaS solutions. NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center, for instance, plans to assess the feasibility of cloud-based DaaS offerings and compare them to existing VDI technologies, said Keith Keller, chief technology of cer and associate director for innovation at Goddard. He said the center s DaaS assessment project was recent- ly selected for funding by NASA s IT Labs program. In the meantime, Goddard is moving forward with a VDI pilot project, currently scheduled for this summer. Keller said an assessment of the project will address cost, ease of management and ease of use. DOE is also looking into DaaS, the department spokes- woman said. The fundamentals DaaS has been around for several years. Desktone, the company that helped pioneer the service, was founded in 2007. But DaaS didn t make much of a splash in the fed- eral market until last year. In September 2013, Desktone launched a DaaS service for federal agencies via IBM s SmartCloud for Government. A month later, VMware acquired Desktone, which further raised DaaS pro le. Then in November, Amazon Web Services announced WorkSpaces, which the company describes as a fully man- aged desktop computing service in the cloud. WorkSpaces had been available on a limited preview basis to organiza- tions including federal agencies and is now rolling out to the broader AWS user base. Government-focused alliances are also falling into place. In addition to its relationship with IBM, VMware has an arrangement with Harris in which VMware s desktop vir- tualization software provides the platform for DaaS. VMware has also partnered with Carpathia, a cloud ser- vices and managed hosting provider, to offer a govern- ment version of its VMware vCloud Hybrid Service. DaaS currently runs on the commercial hybrid service and is planned for the government cloud as well. Another alliance has SAIC working with Hitachi Data Systems Federal under a partnership announced late last year. The companies will work together to develop and deliver a desktop-as-a-service solution for government agencies, according to an SAIC statement. April 30, 2014 FCW.COM 29 How it works: Desktop as a service User • Logs onto a thin or zero client to access desktop and apps • Can work from any location or supported device Agency • Creates and manages desktop images • Maintains licenses for operating systems and apps • Manages devices Service provider • Hosts virtual desktops • Maintains hardware • Responsible for data center functions, including power and cooling
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