Azure Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a Microsoft service that allows a person or multiple persons to remotely connect any computer to a specified IT infrastructure that becomes virtualised through the cloud. This is one of the main benefits, but why is that so?
There are multiple reasons as to why Azure Windows Virtual Desktop is beneficial, and that’s what we’re going to take a look at today. Let’s take a look at how this service can benefit businesses – both during lockdown and beyond.
WVD allows any number of employees to work from home, but there is a key difference between WVD and just connecting to the company’s drive from a personal computer.
Rather than relying on employees to have their own functional computers at home, let alone computers with reliable processing powers and large graphics cards, WVD integration allows devices from all over the world at any given time – including desktops, laptops, and smartphones – to connect to your existing IT infrastructure.
WVD allows your IT infrastructure, as long as it operates with an HTML5 web client, to connect to the highest spec and processing power as and when you choose. The benefit of this is that it allows all computers connected to your IT infrastructure to operate and perform at the same high capacities via the cloud.
The service effectively shifts a person’s devices into a virtual window into your infrastructure via the cloud – allowing for a seamless connection from their own computer, whether the employee’s computer operates via Mac, Windows, Linux, or any device with an HTML5 web client.
Therefore, tasks that involve huge processing power, such as software development, video editing, graphic design, and website building, are no longer an issue with employees that have limited access to powerful computers.
Additionally, through working with a more powerful computer that runs quickly and smoothly, tasks will be able to be completed faster, therefore significantly increasing productivity.
The importance of cyber security and preventing data breaches has become more imperative than ever.
Computer viruses and malware are evolving all the time, which means we need to be on our toes when it comes to keeping our important files and assets safe. It also means that the less personal devices involved within computers that contain files and assets, the better – which is what WVD offers.
It’s also vital that a company’s confidential information remains confidential in order to avoid strategic plans and personal data from falling into the wrong hands.
WVD offers protection against any system that shows even the smallest sign of vulnerability to data attacks. Within the right Windows Virtual Desktop set-up and management, i.e., data protection set-up by cyber security experts, WVD offers the best form of security for any company’s IT assets and operational functionality – allowing all employees to continue working safely without confidential data being lost, and from any important data from becoming corrupted or unusable.
WVD integration allows you to maintain data security and regulatory compliance by allowing you to lock files that exist within your core IT infrastructure for particular departments. It also means that you’ll be able to prevent sensitive files being downloaded or to employees’ computers.
WVD also allows you to stay in control by monitoring use of all company files and their current locations, as well as informing you of downloads and application usage.
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With so many people currently working remotely from home, working within a team sometimes presents challenges that come with not working within the same location alongside your colleagues.
This is where WVD comes into its own.
Microsoft Virtual Windows Desktop offers the only full multi-session Windows 10 experience – virtualised in the cloud. Always up to date and optimised for Office 365, WVD offers seamless real-time collaboration with no lag or delay.
Within the Office 365 package, WVD also supports OneDrive for Business, which allows co-authoring and collaborative capabilities, files on-demand capabilities, automatically populates user profile folders, and the OneDrive sync will always run in non-persistent environments.
WVD also migrates your existing Windows server, desktops, and apps – allowing you to virtualise, deploy and scale projects and tasks within minutes, all managed within a simple and clear interface.
Within this package, Microsoft Team offers instant communication via video-calls and text chat.
One might be tempted to think that this service will only be available for a hefty, budget-busting figure.
However, WVD will actually help you save money because you only pay for the services within WVD that you use, and only pay for the time in which you have these services are in use.
Rather than paying a fixed fee even when you aren’t using services, you will only have to pay for the virtual machines (VMs), storage, and networking consumed when your users are using the service.
For example, rather than outlaying on a very costly computer with a high processing power for tasks that only need to be completed very intermittently, say twice a year, WVD allows you to pay for this processing power as and when you need it.
This can result in outstanding levels of cost savings that can then be reinvested elsewhere in the business.
This also means that you’ll receive the Windows 10 experience at a multi-session rate.
Additionally, you’ll also remove the hardware maintenance because it will no longer be an issue – Microsoft will take complete care of this for you in the cloud.
This level of collaboration has been and continues to be, essential during extended periods of lockdown and companies working from home as a result.
There’s no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic has forever changed the perception of how people have to work. Many companies have chosen to offer remote working as a permanent option, or at least a part-time option.
However, regardless of whether lockdowns or disturbances to office working in this manner will continue or not, businesses will only benefit short-term and long-term from having a secure and scalable IT infrastructure that they can trust to be reliable, continuously prove to be cost-effective and allow for easy management and instant access of company files, assets and on-going tasks to allow peace of mind through a smooth, productive workflow.
If you’d like to find out more about Azure Virtual Windows Desktop, or if you’re looking to have WVD implemented into your company and managed by a trusted IT company with decades of experience, please get in touch with us today via our contact page.