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.”
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.