Desktone, Inc., the pioneer of Desktops as a Service (DaaS), today announced that The University of Akron (UA) has chosen to deploy desktops in the cloud via the company’s cloud-hosted virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). With Desktone’s Cloud Platform, UA students and faculty will have access to the software and applications they need anytime, anywhere, using their own endpoint devices, including mobile devices such as iPads and Droids, and laptops of all flavors, which are increasingly used on campus.

“At the University of Akron, we pride ourselves on offering technology that supports our academic mission by delivering students and faculty 24×7 access to innovative software and applications,” said Jim Sage, VP/CIO, Information Technology Services, University of Akron. “The virtual desktop infrastructure helps us to meet this goal in a secure, virtual manner.”

“On college and university campuses today, more students and faculty want to use their own devices – including laptops and tablets – and IT departments aim to increase mobility and a trend toward increased IT consumerization,” said Peter McKay, CEO, Desktone. “Desktone enables academic institutions to transform IT environments offering easy-to-implement, low-maintenance virtual desktops without the costs or risks associated with building and deploying VDI internally. It’s a model we found works very well for academic institutions and we’re pleased to have The University of Akron as one of our clients.”

About The University of Akron
The University of Akron is the public research university for Northeast Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the “Best in the Midwest” in its 2011 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Nearly 30,000 students are enrolled in UA’s 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina, Cuyahoga and Holmes counties.

About Desktone
Desktone is changing the way people buy and manage desktops. Desktone pioneered the concept of cloud-hosted Desktops as a Service (DaaS), the easiest and most affordable way to deploy hosted virtual desktops. The Desktone Cloud, Desktone’s DaaS offering, provides all of the benefits of virtualized desktops without any of the hassles. By delivering virtual desktops in the cloud, Desktone enables enterprises to rapidly provision desktops to users connected on any device, anywhere, without the upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktop virtualization—transforming desktops from a CAPEX to OPEX item. Founded in 2007, Desktone is funded by Highland Capital and Softbank and is headquartered in Boston, MA.