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Nutanix Acquiring Frame, for Desktop-as-a-Service

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Nutanix, Inc. a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mainframe2, Inc. ("Frame"), a leader in cloud-based Windows desktop and application delivery. With Frame, Nutanix customers will be able 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.

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.

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 applications.

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 datacenters. 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.

Frame is the only global, infrastructure-independent platform built to deliver Windows applications from the cloud. Companies from across industries rely on Frame to run even the most graphically-intense 3D tools for visualization, science and engineering, and cutting-edge design. Through Frame Platform Government Edition and Frame on Microsoft Azure Government, government agencies can take advantage of a secure, next-generation end-user computing platform which is designed to meet government requirements, including FedRAMP and NIST 800–171.

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.

Nutanix Inc.

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