BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--independenceIT (iIT) today announced it has entered into an integration and distribution agreement with GCI, one of the UK's fastest growing information communications technology providers. The agreement allows GCI to deliver iIT’s Cloud Workspace® Suite as part of the GCI Managed Cloud Solution portfolio for its customers and channel partners.
According to 451 Research’s Market Monitor service, “Virtualization and cloud services have empowered the end user with dynamic and flexible computing alternatives, opening up a new world of possibilities in the 'user-centric' evolution of IT. This aligns with research showing that the desktop virtualization ecosystem is forecast to become a $6.9 billion market by 2016.”
The independenceIT Cloud Workspace Suite is a services enablement platform that allows IT departments, ISVs and service providers to rapidly deploy desktops, applications and entire corporate IT systems as cloud services, empowering users to work from anywhere, at any time, on any device. The Cloud Workspace Suite includes support for more than 600 business applications and its powerful API permits integration with existing systems management and provisioning tools. Comprehensive security and audit tools provide compliance readiness.
In support of organizations throughout the UK, iIT’s Cloud Workspace Suite now integrates with the GCI Managed Cloud Solution, a carrier-class managed computing platform that eliminates the need to maintain expensive servers or manage licensed versions of software. With this solution, users confidently access data from the Web, anywhere and anytime. Leveraging Cloud Workspace’s powerful application programming interface (API), GCI is integrating the solutions management and provisioning functions into its service delivery platform to extend desktop and application service provisioning, deployment and support functions.
Based on the Ensim service delivery platform, GCI integration via the Cloud Workspace API enables an efficient and flexible transition to the secure and compliant cloud-enabled desktop. Ensim is a widely deployed and proven service delivery platform that allows service providers to centrally create, control, and deliver hosted IP and application services. It is recognized for comprehensive service provisioning, wholesale and resale enablement and service metering/monitoring.
“This is looking like a good time to enter the Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) market,” said Michael Coté, Research Director, 451 Research. “Demand should see growth from BYOD initiatives as employees look to use their own devices to access corporate applications and data. Virtual desktops have technically been a good answer for the delivery and security functionality needed there, but the reality of doing those installs pre-cloud has limited virtual desktop’s wide acceptance, especially for small and medium sized businesses. The fungibility and affordability of cloud infrastructure is primed to fix that limiting factor, creating an exciting window of opportunity for DaaS.”
“True business agility means user access to applications and data anytime, anywhere, and across any device. iIT’s Cloud Workspace allows for a superior user experience without having to build and manage virtual desktop infrastructure internally,” said Scott Riley, Director of Hosting and Cloud Solutions at GCI . “Selected for its rapid deployment capabilities, ease of management, broad application support and simple integration, CWS underpins our offering to the benefit of our channel and customers.”
“Empowering device- and location-agnostic access to the desktop can be a powerful driver of innovation and productivity. Complemented by operational, security and compliance advantages, iIT’s Cloud Workplace Suite provides enterprise-class capabilities for any size organization to deliver on the promise of DaaS,” said Charles Buck, CTO for independenceIT.
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independenceIT (iIT) provides an industry leading hypervisor agnostic virtualization platform for delivering desktops and applications as a cloud service, enabling the deployment of Windows desktops and applications from a private, public, or hybrid cloud to any end user device. iIT enables IT service providers to rapidly provision, manage, and support virtual resources, desktops, and applications while simplifying complex and time consuming active directory tasks associated with delivering a virtual desktop solution. Leading global companies rely on iIT to rise above the complexity. Please visit www.independenceit.com for additional information.
GCI is a UK leading ICT company and market leader delivering world class telecommunications and services to businesses nationwide. Founded in 2000 by CEO Wayne Martin, GCI now has a £55 million turnover and employs over 200 members of staff throughout the UK.
GCI’s recent acquisitions have seen its product range and specialties grow from strength to strength now offering services in connectivity, communications, data safety, cloud computing and managed IT. Our intention is to equip our customers with the network and infrastructure they need to allow them to become pioneers of technology and gain a competitive edge in their markets.
Whilst offering a reliable, flexible and scalable ICT solution GCI aim to reduce your business costs, reduce business risk, help free-up internal resources, improve business efficiency and effectiveness through the use of technology. We are proud of our track record in developing innovative products and services tailored to meet the needs of business today and tomorrow.
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