Nutanix has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mainframe2 (Frame), a cloud-
based Windows desktop and application delivery company. The acquisition will enable
Nutanix customers to deliver desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) from multiple clouds, combining
the consumer-grade simplicity and web-scale design of cloud applications with the
functionality of traditional virtual desktop applications. The closing of the acquisition is
subject to customary closing conditions.
According to Gartner, “By 2019, 50% of new VDI users will be deployed on DaaS platforms.”
The report goes on to state that, “interest in DaaS has resurfaced as a hot topic with midsize
organizations that have progressed and matured their cloud strategies.” Taking advantage
of Frame’s cloud-native architecture, Nutanix will extend the service to Xi Cloud and Google
Cloud Platform, while continuing support for popular third-party clouds like AWS and Azure.
This will provide customers with a genuine multi-cloud deployment model, consistent with
Nutanix’s philosophy of customer choice.
Based on recent research from IDC, the DaaS software market is forecast to grow to $2.99
billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate of 32.1% (IDC Worldwide Desktop-as-a-
Service Software Forecast, 2017-2021, Robert Young, June 2017, IDC). The rapid adoption of
cloud-native applications is fundamentally altering how applications and services are
delivered to users. Modern ‘born in the cloud’ applications are inherently elastic, delivering
on-demand scalability – and are built to support multiple organizations from a single cloud.
Frame embodies these same principles for delivering DaaS. Its web-scale architecture
incorporates auto-scale functionality providing impressive performance at any scale, while
natively supporting multiple tenants with complete isolation of users, desktops and data.
Frame is built from the ground-up to support multi-cloud delivery models, allowing IT teams
to deliver virtual desktops from public clouds and their own enterprise datacenter – with
common tooling and management constructs. Leveraging a multi-cloud architecture for
DaaS provides easier migration of applications across environments, more seamless disaster
recovery and a single IT environment for delivering both traditional and cloud-native
Cloud-based delivery has also elevated end user expectations. With Frame, users get a high
performance desktop experience in just minutes, without having to install proprietary client
software. Applications can be instantly accessed from an online ‘app marketplace’ from
anywhere to maximize customer delight and productivity.
With Frame, Nutanix will address customer requirements for DaaS in the mid-market, while
continuing its long-standing support for large-scale VDI projects delivered via enterprise
datacentres. This includes continued support for VMware Horizon View, as well as
remaining Citrix Ready certified for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp. Frame simply provides
Nutanix customers another deployment option for delivering 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.”
“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.”
Frame will be available following the closing of the acquisition on third-party clouds from
AWS and Azure. Availability on Nutanix Xi Cloud and Google Cloud Platform will be
announced at a later date.