Cloud Services provider tuCloud has released its Desktop as a Service (DaaS) cloud solution called DaaS Engine. This means that besides tuCloud, who is currently migrating to the DaaS engine now also other companies can use the technology that tuCloud is using for their own customers.
For potential customers who want to try the DaaS Engine, a free version hosted on SourceForge is available, with limited functionality as an appliance (OVA). What’s interested to note is that community members can upgrade their free DaaS Engine until they have the full fat, multi-tenant, 10k+ user version.
The Engine integrates connection brokering, load balancing, desktop provisioning, high-availability stretch clustering and intuitive management control panels in a single appliance. The DaaS Engine is native to the VMware ESXi hypervisor, and can be used either with or without vCenter. It supports the following display protocols: Microsoft RemoteFX, VMware PCoIP, Citrix HDX. tuCloud also provides an HTML5 based client.
Pricing of the Daas Engine starts at $5 USD per user per month for less than 1000 users. tuCloud pricing for a hosted private DaaS Cloud is around $5 USD per user per month, or $10 USD per concurrent instance per month. tuCloud offers a Reference Architecture for download on their website as well.