Virtual Desktop Innovator Eric Pulier
Desktone, Inc. was founded in 2006 by Eric Pulier and based in Lexington Massachusetts. Desktone provided the very first virtual desktop hosting platform. This was the integration of all the elements to create a PC desktop into one fully automated self- service platform.This was the creation of desktops as a service. It simplified the large-scale implementation and management of PC operation. Creating a virtual desktop infrastructure in this way reduced costs and provided greater protection for sensitive information. It provided leverage of business resources and increased business agility.
Desktone was an early implementation of cloud services. The platform allowed information technology companies to deploy Windows desktops along with Windows applications. This could occur from public or private cloud services. End-users could access Windows apps from multiple devices which included PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The Desktone platform supported many different desktop operating systems which included Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as Linux.The company has received multiple funding rounds including $17 million in July 2007 a $5.9 million round in March 2010 and a final-round of $1.6 million in December 2011. The total equity funding of the company reached $26.25 million dollars.
With all of its success Desktone was acquired by VMware in 2013. Desktone’s platforms were now fully integrated with VMware’s vCloud, Horizon View and vSphere products. The basis of the acquisition was that Desktone was running for many years on a large scale and that they had a very good reputation for helping their clients get operational quickly.The current VMware product name for Desktone is VMware horizon DaaS Platform. It now operates through a network of over 11,000 VMware service provider partners and is still an industry leader in desktop as service providers.About Eric Pulier he has been instrumental for the development of outsourcing virtual desktop infrastructure. He is recognized as one of the leaders in computer technology. He has founded multiple companies as a successful entrepreneur with startups that include Media Platform, US Interactive and ServiceMesh. Eric is also an accomplished author and public speaker.