We’re on our way to Windows Virtual Desktop
The pandemic has given the latest version of Microsoft’s desktop-as-a-service offering unstoppable momentum
As we all have seen, coronavirus has forced a telecommuting change. We went from corporate workers begging to be allowed to work from home to businesses insisting that they do so. The pandemic has just about everyone who can work from home doing that in no time flat. It’s a change that puts desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) in a whole new light.
Microsoft recently released its latest DaaS program, Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) and as a lot of businesses are trying to solve their sudden telecommuting difficulties, they have latched on to WVD as a way to do so.
With more people than ever before working from home, and with the strong possibility that they will do so for years to come, the time for DaaS has arrived. It may be really different in some ways, but as far as end users are concerned, it’s still Windows.
Here are a few of the benefits of WVD:
Access anywhere from any device
Accessing WVD only requires a single piece of software installed on the user’s device or access to the VWD website. Users can use any device they want, from their desktop computer, tablet and even their mobile phone. As long as you have an internet connection, you are good to go.
Extended support for Windows 7
On January 14th 2020, we said goodbye to the good old OS. This means no software/security updates or technical support. Oh wait, not with WVD. Windows 7 will have extended support on windows virtual desktop until January 2023. Meaning legacy applications can still be running.
As the environment is isolated and highly available to administrators, maintenance of application can role out efficiently. Windows Virtual Desktop is optimized for Microsoft 365 services, with full Teams video & audio functionality and fast, reliable experience from OneDrive.
With Windows Virtual Desktop, only pay for Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Storage consumed by users during their use of the service.
One of the handy things about Azure virtual machines is the variety of VM sizes (specification). There are lots of VM scaling (the amount of VMs used for VWD) options which allows adjustments for the users demand.
Upkeep and managing a PC accounts for 50-70% of the cost of owning a PC making virtual desktops a quick cost saving solution. This allows for easy account set up for new employees without needing to purchase, install and provide upkeep for a new system. New users can be quickly added or deleted saving management time and resources. It’s much cheaper to provide an employee with a thin client over a new computer.
Virtual desktops offer enhanced security to its users. Especially Windows Virtual Desktop, as it offers the same security Azure provides. Your computer hardware can’t be stolen, lost, or tampered with since your information is stored on a remote server.
Whether its single application or whole desktops environment, WVD is a scalable, secure and agile. Could this be the best solution for you?
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