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Nutanix eyes multi-cloud DaaS opportunity as it acquires Frame

Nutanix, the hyper-converged infrastructure appliances and software-defined storage provider, is acquiring the virtual desktop startup Frame (Mainframe2).

Frame provides a platform that supports multi-cloud delivery models for desktops-as-a-service (DaaS). This platform enables IT teams to deliver virtual desktops from public clouds and enterprise datacenter with common tooling and management constructs.

The multi-cloud architecture for DaaS offers seamless disaster recovery and makes it easier for enterprises to migrate applications across environments. It also helps in delivering both traditional and cloud-native applications from a single IT environment.

By acquiring it, Nutanix will integrate Frame’s DaaS technology into the Nutanix Xi Cloud. The integrated offering will initially support 1-click desktop instances on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), and then expand to other cloud environments.

Gartner stated in a report that “interest in DaaS has resurfaced as a hot topic with midsize organizations that have progressed and matured their cloud strategies.” The analyst firm predicted that 50% of the new VDI users will be deployed on DaaS platforms.

“Frame’s cloud-native technology represents everything we believe to be true in the market – customers want easy-to-use, high performance and cost optimized solutions that just work across the entirety of their infrastructure,” said Sunil Potti, Chief Product and Development Officer at Nutanix.

“We are committed to providing our customers with a robust multi-cloud DaaS offering through Frame while working with our partners to enable best-in-class enterprise VDI. We are delighted to add the Frame technology, and the innovative thinkers behind it, to our family.”

This open a new path of opportunities for Nutanix as the company already supports virtual desktop use cases with its appliances. Acquisition of Frame will further help the company to target midsized organizations.

Nutanix will continue to support large-scale VDI projects including VMware Horizon View, Citrix Ready certified for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp. Addition of Frame’s technology will provide Nutanix customers another deployment option to deliver virtual desktops.

“Companies desperately need a cloud-native desktop solution for their multi-cloud environments which combines the performance of on-prem offerings with the flexibility and cost optimization of the cloud. That’s why we built Frame,” said Nikola Bozinovic, Founder and CEO at Frame.

“Nutanix shares our vision of simplifying critical IT functions so companies can save money, save time and still achieve exceptional performance no matter their underlying infrastructure, and we’re so proud to be joining the family.”

Also read: Nutanix enhances its Enterprise Cloud OS platform with new developer-oriented services

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close next month. Following the closure of acquisition, Frame will be available on third-party clouds from Azure and AWS.

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CumuLogic PaaS Is Verified As Citrix Ready

DAILYHOSTNEWS, December 9, 2011 – CumuLogic, a Java Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) software provider has announced that its CumuLogic PaaS has been verified as Citrix Ready. The Citrix Ready program helps customers identify third-party solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix Systems. CumuLogic PaaS completed a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix XenServer and Citrix CloudStack, providing confidence in joint solution compatibility.

“The cloud is a very noisy space, and by becoming Citrix Ready, customers and users can quickly and easily find partner products and solutions that are trusted to enhance Citrix offerings,” said Joe Keller vice president of community and alliance marketing, Citrix. “We have more the 21,000 products included in the Citrix Ready catalog and are pleased to add one of our first PaaS technology offerings with CumuLogic.”

The Citrix Ready program makes it easy for customers to identify complementary products and solutions that can enhance Citrix environments. Customers can be confident that CumuLogic PaaS has successfully passed a series of tests established by Citrix, and can be trusted to work effectively with XenServer and CloudStack in order to accelerate cloud deployments and offer customers added choice.

CumuLogic’s PaaS solution – currently in beta, enables enterprises, cloud providers and ISVs to leverage Java PaaS to deploy highly scalable applications in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. CumuLogic PaaS is the first and only PaaS offering with support for both public and private clouds. CumuLogic platform also allows users to mix-and-match middleware components so developers can choose best-of-breed middleware based on the application workload requirements. CumuLogic’s platform also provides enterprises with the means to standardize their IT application infrastructure, simplifying development environments while giving developers the capability to focus on quality applications.

About the Citrix Ready Program
The Citrix Ready program identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking and cloud computing solutions from Citrix, including Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, XenServer, NetScaler and GoToMeeting. The Citrix Ready designation is awarded to third party products that have successfully met verification criteria set by Citrix, and gives customers an added confidence in the compatibility of the joint solution offering. The Citrix Ready program leverages industry-leading alliances across the Citrix partner eco-system to meet a wide variety customer needs, and currently incorporates over 2,800 partners who have demonstrated more than 18,000 product verifications. Website: http://www.citrix.com/citrixready
About CumuLogic
CumuLogic is a Platform-as-a-Service provider that enables enterprises, cloud providers and ISVs to develop and deploy Java applications in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. CumuLogic is an early stage startup based in Cupertino, California.
Website: http://www.cumulogic.com