Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider IndependenceIT is expanding its own DaaS offering to Google Compute Engine with the announcement of an integration with Google Compute Engine.

IndependenceIT is aiming to provide reliable, feature-rich cloud workspace environments for businesses served by its channel ecosystem with the integration of its Cloud Workspace Suite DaaS offering with Google Compute Engine. Deployed on Google, Cloud Workspace Suite can be used by service providers to provide a branded offering at a price point that IndependenceIT claims is more aggressive than comparable DaaS offerings.

“Desktop-as-a-service has exploded with the advent of branded solution providers announcing services in the space, the escalation of BYOD, and the sunsetting of XP, Windows 2003 server and SBS," said Seth Bostock, CEO of IndependenceIT, in a prepared statement. "This activity has driven a storm of adoption and interest in the category that we are well-prepared to capitalize on. The deployment on Google Compute Engine further empowers service providers to deliver public and/or private cloud-based solutions with a strong value proposition for SMB and enterprise customers, promising greater efficiency and flexibility in how cloud workspaces are deployed."

The general availability of Cloud Workspace on Google Compute Engine is some time off, as IndependenceIT expects to officially launch during the third quarter of this year. When it launches, a few of the capabilities will include:

  • Cloud workspace delivery, including desktops, applications, back office systems and directory/user management.
  • The ability to run large-scale workloads on consistently performing, scalable, highly secure and reliable virtual machines hosted on Google infrastructure across multiple locations all accessed and managed through a single interface.
  • User-friendly desktop experience designed for performance and responsiveness.
  • Mobile clients for distributed workforce environments and BYOD, such as Chromebook.
  • Familiar interface with no retraining/relearning required.
  • Single pane of glass systems/user management and fully automated provisioning.
  • User and file audit tracking to support compliance SaaS enablement without sacrificing features to protect and extend revenue streams.
  • White-label capability for service providers.

"Building on the reliability and scalability of Google's cloud infrastructure, IndependenceIT brings a tremendous partner to the front line with this alignment. With the Cloud Workspace Suite, IT users have a compelling option for centralized workspace management that greatly simplifies deploying and on-boarding applications and users," said Brett Waldman, research manager at IDC, in a prepared statement. "The integration with Google is a positive move for implications for competing industry players vying for market share."