Azure Virtual Desktop
Simple and easy to manage
All the apps & OS-layers are deeply tied together. The way users work in a Windows Virtual Desktop feels natural as the user experience is consistent throughout with the same look-and-feel of a physical desktop.
Multi-session Windows 10 virtual desktop experience
Get anywhere anytime access from any device. Get the only multi-session Windows 10 desktop environment in Azure. There are no limits to the number of users available per session.
Office 365 ProPlus
With multi-session virtual desktop options, you can enable optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus experience. Your users get the most productive virtualized environment with Windows Virtual Desktop.
No extra licensing
Microsoft WVD is available at no extra cost if you have either of the licenses: standalone Windows 10 subscription, or Windows 10 Enterprise E3 licenses. Only Azure VMs are covered by these licenses.
Flexible migration to
Azure for RDSH
Lower your virtualization costs with Windows Virtual Desktop, while customizing your cloud environment with Apps4Rent's help. We migrate your apps, data, and infrastructure seamlessly to Azure.
Easy to implement
with the right expertise
Though WVD opens up a lot of possibilities, managing Azure can be difficult without the right expertise. A partner like Apps4Rent helps you at every step in installing and managing WVD successfully.
Due to Microsoft's strict policies for data protection, it invests heavily in cyber security. Azure has most compliance certifications than any other cloud service. Hence, security is guaranteed by Microsoft.
Free extended support for Windows 7
Windows 7 ended its support in January 2020. However, Azure WVD users will get free Extended Security Updates (ESUs) as part of WVD licensing fees through January 2023.
Deliver the only multi-session Windows 10 virtual desktop experience
Provide your users with the only multi-session Windows 10 desktop virtualized in the cloud that’s highly scalable, always up to date, and available on any device.
Enable optimizations for Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise
Deliver the best Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise experience, with multi-session virtual desktop scenarios to provide the most productive virtualized experience for your users.
Migrate Windows Server remote desktops and apps to Azure
Migrate your Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environment with simplified management and deployment experience on Azure.
Deploy and scale in minutes
Quickly virtualize and deploy modern and legacy desktop apps to the cloud in minutes with unified management in the Azure portal.
AVD can save companies money through centralized management, streamlined hardware requirements, and more, but it also requires a highly fault-tolerant back end infrastructure to prevent any single point of failure causing the AVD system to go down.
Companies need to be prepared to turn on a dime, adding apps and services and increasing throughput as needed. AVD historically hasn’t been great at enabling companies this flexibility. In an AVD environment, unpredictable workloads can cause a performance hit, with storage often at the root of the problem. To avoid this, many companies over provision. However, that’s an expensive option, especially over time. Vendors are attempting to overcome the AVD storage challenge through combining storage area networking (SAN), software-defined storage, flash, SSD, cache and other technologies in different ways. Companies will need to examine their existing storage and networking infrastructure to determine what changes are necessary to optimize AVD performance.
One of the benefits of AVD is the ability to develop standardized images for specific user roles. You could easily create a different image for employee, but, of course, that would defeat the purpose. The fewer images you have to manage, the better. To determine the ideal number of images and resources required to run them, IT should work closely with business counterparts. IT and business stakeholders should also meet on a periodic basis to discuss whether new images should be added and/or older ones decommissioned.
In the past, many considered AVD to be a dumbed-down version of a full desktop computer experience. Ten years ago, that assessment was probably fair. But today, given the widespread use of the cloud, users shouldn’t experience a huge change. Regardless, with any change, there should be adequate notice and training. Using your company intranet or internal social network, share the details of the upcoming AVD implementation. Create an FAQ, and be sure to extoll the benefits that employees will notice along the way. You should also set up training sessions, and include time for a question-and-answer session.
AVD can be a double-edged sword on the topic of security: Data is more secure when stored in the data center compared with endpoint devices, but the entire network may be less secure when the workforce is accessing it remotely from potentially insecure connections. Companies should implement security best practices, such as patch maintenance, regular malware scans, implementation of data loss prevention and anti-spam systems, and so on. It’s also important to go over end user security best practices with employees, such as the use of strong passwords and caution when connecting from public places.
AVD can save companies time and money, not to mention make them more secure--but only for those that understand the challenges and how to effectively address them.
Our Solution - Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop
1. Workplace Flexibility
It might be the most obvious advantage. If your desktops are hosted virtually, employees and members of your team will be able to access them regardless of their location, situation, or device. The result, generally speaking, is significantly increased flexibility within the workplace.
Imagine a remote workforce that can suddenly leverage the same technology without expensive installs. Meanwhile, the Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD) trend is taking off, with 87 percent of organizations now relying on their employees to use personal devices for at least one application.
In each case, flexibility is essential, by hosting your desktops and applications in the cloud, you can achieve accessibility even in these situations.
2. Significant Cost Savings
AVD ’s typically come with relatively minimal cost if the server setup already exists. In exchange, you can get potentially significant savings down the road. In other words, desktop virtualization is much more than just an initial cost. It’s a positive investment that has the potential to bring a significant return.
First, you can rely less on expensive desktop computers with the exact right software and license needed. But even upgrades and maintenance, which can take significant IT time when performed on many different machines, are reduced to a minimum as they can be accomplished in a much more centralized manner.
3. Dynamic Updating
As your organization gets larger, computer choices become more diverse. Creative professionals look to Apple screens, while IT experts prefer PC’s. Managers expect laptops that increase portability, but tablets and even phones become invaluable while on the go. Here’s the rub: all of these devices might be running different operating systems and app versions.
Updating these various devices with both regular maintenance and major upgrades can quickly become difficult. The same software may not work equally well depending on the browser, OS, and age of the machine. A virtual desktop becomes a solution, centralizing the updating process to make it more dynamic.
You won’t need each employee to log in just to make sure they have the newest OS version. Instead, you can perform the upgrade once, benefiting everyone in the organization.
4. Decreased Security Risks
Especially as organizations grow, digital security becomes an increasingly essential concern. After all, a single cyber attack can cost the average business upwards of $2 million in damages. Preventative measures are not optional, but absolutely essential to ensure long-term business survival and success.
A virtual environment for your business will play a significant part in making your business more secure. The data is now stored in a central system, which you can protect more strongly than you would be able on your employees’ devices. Everything is centrally managed, allowing you to set the rules and keep your data in the right hands.
Most data breaches happen by accident. You can prevent both these accidents and intentional attacks simply by keeping better track of your data, and how it is accessed.
5. Better Disaster Recovery
Like cybersecurity, disaster recovery has become an essential part of IT management. Almost 50 percent of businesses who experience a disaster without a recovery plan in place never recover from it. How can you make sure that your organization doesn’t become another part of that depressing statistic?
Virtualization certainly isn’t the only step, but it becomes a crucial help. You no longer rely on the stationary computers that might be lost or damaged in the disaster. Instead, the data is stored in a centralized location, safe and backed up regularly. Even as recovery efforts begin, you can already access that data to minimize downtime and potential damages.
You hope it never happens. But when it does, you need to be prepared. With a AVD in place, you can be.
Azure has long been a leader in geo-replication, the process of creating a parallel database in various regions of the globe. This replication alone provides further help against data loss. The above already describes disaster recovery, and the role a AVD can play in that. Geo-replication extends that security for cases when the central data storage unit might be endangered.
Given that Azure recently extended this feature to all of its service tier, it’s natural to expect that it will be available within its virtualization suite as well. As a result, you can leverage a natural form of backups that carries the added benefit geographic separation to multiply the security factor.
7. Centralized Troubleshooting
What happens when one of your employees experiences a software problem? In most traditionally set-up organizations, the answer is linear. A service ticket leads to an IT call, and a local solution. The best-case scenario might include an analysis of whether that same problem exists on a more global scale, with individual fixes put in place to address a potential solution.
Imagine the work required to stem this type of workload. Now, add in the fact that a global solution might not be easily possible or immediately sought, leading to duplication of efforts for each ticket. In a virtual desktop environment, the same troubleshooting happens once, globally solving the problem for all constituents.
Modern IT departments constantly need to look for leaner operations that require less time and budget. What better way to do that than solving one of the most annoying issues service desks solve on a daily basis?
8. Increased Productivity
Finally, and on an overarching level, moving to a virtual desktop interface will almost certainly improve your organization’s productivity. It operations become more lean and agile, while employee abilities and efforts become more flexible. Productivity can be maintained even in the face of disaster, and in a more secure environment thanks to better protection against data breaches. Finally, the long-term cost savings can be invested into the business for better operations down the road.
This type of improved productivity becomes invaluable over time. Let’s face it: any IT solution that benefits both sides of the equation has to deserve a closer look. Even large companies like Samsung are touting the benefits on both sides of the aisle, making the move intriguing for all areas of the business.