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NetApp launches Spot PC, a new Desktop-as-a-Service solution

By Catherine Knowles
Wed 25 May 2022

NetApp has announced the general availability of Spot PC. This is a new managed cloud Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution with security, automation, observability and optimisation capabilities, and is designed for the public cloud and for the needs of remote and distributed working environments.

Available now, Spot PC provides Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and their customers with a cloud desktop solution optimised for security, privacy and infrastructure efficiency, with predictable pricing to reduce support burdens and allow existing staff to deliver and support more desktops, increasing profitability, the company states.

NetApp states, with the rapid acceleration of hybrid work environments, organisations have been compelled to evolve their IT infrastructure to support remote work environments, building distributed teams, and enabling hybrid offices while navigating supply chain issues and cyber security threats.

In fact, according to Gartner's 2021 Market Guide for Desktop as a Service (DaaS), Gartner expects the global DaaS market to grow nearly 253% from 2021 to 2024.

However, the most common solutions available to deliver remote desktops, based on traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) were never designed for the public cloud and therefore require significant effort for administration, management and troubleshooting, NetApp states.

NetApp executive vice president of public cloud services Anthony Lye says, "Service providers and enterprises today require the right tools and solutions that are built for the cloud for optimal efficiency of their resources.

"With Spot PC, were equipping MSPs and enterprises to bring differentiated, profitable cloud desktop solutions to market to meet growing demand from their customers and enabling them to deliver flexible, secure and fit-for-purpose remote work experiences to a variety of users across multiple locations and regions."

Spot PC delivers a comprehensive as-a-service solution to these challenges, enabling MSPs and enterprises to provide secure, reliable, and fully optimised cloud desktops to support a broad range of needs, the company states.

According to NetApp, Spot PC provides MSPs and enterprises with the ability to:

  • Deliver cloud desktops with speed, flexibility and agility across multiple locations and regions to support a wide range of tasks for knowledge and technical computing users
  • Ensure that cloud desktop environments meet security, availability and performance requirements without overburdening IT staff
  • Provide predictable cost structure using patent-pending AI and machine learning automated optimisation

“We are really excited for Spot PC and the benefits and automation it will provide us and our clients," says Derek Anderson, president at Biztek Solutions.

Anderson says, "We see Spot PC as the go to solution for secure, cloud hosted desktops that will enable businesses to adopt remote and hybrid work environments that easily scale with their business.”

“Working with NetApp has meant that Cloud PC as a Service has become an exciting prospect for our clients to enjoy Spot PC, combined with complete support for the virtual desktop and the office suite that our clients use," says Peter Beglan, CEO at Cloud PC Ltd & HyCloud Ltd.

Spot PC is available today, direct from NetApp for enterprises and service providers with a fixed pricing structure per user per month.

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