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What is a Azure Virtual Desktop

Azure Virtual Desktop makes it simple to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and remote connections to your IT infrastructure regardless of the device you are using. It can be operated on Mac, IOS, Windows, Android, or any other device with an HTML5 web client.

Couple this with Windows 10 multi-session, you can run multiple concurrent user interactive sessions easily with the same deployment for more cost-efficiency.

The Future of Work is Remote - But Collaborative

Mobile working abilities influence everything from employee satisfaction and retention to revenue growth and profitability. At the same time, against the current backdrop of a physically distanced work environment, the rise of the remote workforce and “gig” economy, the expectations set by flexible consumer technology, and the increased need for IT security and manageability, it’s essential that digital business solutions unite the modern workplace. Find out more about Azure Virtual Desktop here.

Make “Remote” Work - For Your Business

It’s essential that these business leaders harness technology that can overcome:

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Lack of worldwide access to data and apps for their employees.
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Unprotected sensitive user groups and workloads in a virtual space
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Vulnerability to data attacks
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High levels of management resulting in inefficiencies

This new operational landscape requires new IT solutions. The imperatives that these solutions must address include:

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Secure, global access to employees from anywhere, anytime, on any device
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Versatile desktop connectivity and network systems
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Data security and regulatory compliance
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Employee empowerment and enhanced workflows

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The Workplace is Changing - Is Your Business Keeping Up?

2020 has marked a new era in so many ways and despite the fact that many of its changes will be temporary, there’s no denying that we’re experiencing a permanent, fundamental shift in the way people work and businesses operate. By necessity, workers have been forced to rethink their approaches to work and to seek new modes of efficiency.

Many workers see no reason or benefit in returning to their prior workflow models. But are smaller businesses ready to handle this sudden shift? Do they have the infrastructure in place to achieve optimal levels of employee productivity in a distributed environment where internal and external teams are dispersed, and physical offices are no longer places of meeting and collaboration?

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Supported Technologies:

Azure Virtual Desktop is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualisation service running in the cloud.

It’s the only virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) that delivers simplified management, multi-session Windows 10, optimisations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for remote desktop services (RDS) environments.

Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Microsoft Azure in minutes and get built-in security and compliance features.

Azure Virtual Desktop delivers the best virtualised end-user experience:

Platform of your choice

  • Connect from any device of your choice
  • Azure Virtual Desktop experience on Mac and other OS is indistinguishable from native

Windows differentiation

  • Like-local Windows experience
  • Extensive support for devices

Enhanced protocol

  • Support for Windows Hello for Business
  • Dynamically adapting bandwidth utilisation

Outlook enhancements; OneDrive and Desktop Search improvements

Containerised user profiles

  • Containeriseduser profiles (FSLogix) enable fast VHD load times
  • Enables extremely fast log-on times

Native Office 365 performance

  • Uncompromised Office 365 email and calendar performance; real-time Outlook search
  • Persistent and nonpersistent environments

Teams enhancements

  • Best conferencing and media experience
  • Multimedia redirection capability; high-performance, low-latency audio and video calling

Superior Economics From Significant Cost Savings

Pay only for the virtual machines (VMs), storage, and networking consumed when your users are using the service.

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Infrastructure

  • Windows 10 experience at multi-session cost
  • Cost-effective compute and storage
  • Flexible network provisioning
  • Best value compute rate
  • OPEX spend aligned to business usage
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Licensing

  • Azure Virtual Desktop management service included with the licenses you already own
  • Savings on RDS CAL with multi-session deployment
  • Three-year Windows 7 ESU included
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Labour

  • Lower labour cost because compute and storage moved to cloud
  • Lower labour cost when you use PaaS services

Azure Virtual Desktop supports the following:

Azure Virtual Desktop
A comprehensive desktop and app virtualisation service running in the cloud that offers organisations the option to optimise their desktop virtualisation experience and leverage the power of a modern cloud.
File Transfer
Users can now transfer files between their remote session and local computer.
Windows 10
A best-in-class operating system that offers the best PC experience possible.
Office 365 ProPlus
Deliver the best Office 365 ProPlusexperience with multi-session virtual scenarios to provide the most productive virtualised experience to your users.

 

  • Office 365 containers make Office more performant in a multi-session environment, including Outlook and OneDrive for Business support
  • Profile containers enable faster and more performant experience in non-persistent environments

FSLogix
With the acquisition of FSLogix, eligible customers will get access to three core pieces of technology:

 

  • Profile Container: Replacement for roaming profiles and folder redirection
  • App Masking: Allows single image with all applications
  • Java Redirection: Helps protect the enterprise from vulnerabilities of multiple installed versions of Java by mapping specific versions to individual apps or websites

Windows Azure
Standardised, global, and secure cloud service.
Outlook
Outlook in ProPlus optimisations

 

  • Sync inbox before calendar for faster startup experience
  • Admin option to reduce calendar sync window
  • Reduce the number of folders that are synced by default
  • Windows Desktop Search is now per user

OneDrive for Business
Full support and new virtualisation optimisations

 

  • OneDrive sync will run in non-persistent environments
  • Co-authoring and collaborative capabilities
  • Files On-Demand capabilities
  • Automatically populate user profile folders
  • OneDrive per machine installer

Citrix
Seamlessly integrate with Citrix Workspace and Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops

 

  • Multi-session Windows 10 experience on Azure, Office optimisation with Office 365 Containers and free Extended Security Updates with Windows 10
  • Hybrid deployments with Azure Virtual Desktop on Azure and manage existing Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops service on-premises
  • Small-screen and big-screen experience,allowing customers to seamlessly switch from one application to another

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