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Nutanix Boosts Its Cloud Stack With $165M Frame Acquisition

August 03, 2018 / Jessica Lyons

Nutanix reached a $165 million deal to buy Mainframe2 (Frame), a cloud-based desktop virtualization and application delivery company.While it already provides on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) via its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), the Frame acquisition will allow Nutanix to offer cloud-delivered VDI, or desktops-as-a-service (DaaS). A Gartner report published in June forecasts that by 2019, half of all new VDI users will be deployed on DaaS platforms. When the acquisition closes (Nutanix expects it to happen later this month), Frame will support one-click desktop instances on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. It plans to add support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Nutanix Xi Cloud, which is the company’s hybrid cloud offering.“Launching Frame as a Nutanix Xi Service will be an exciting step in this journey, and we look forward to disrupting yet another layer of the enterprise stack — to bring cloud scale desktops and apps, powere...