Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a Microsoft service you can deploy to offer your users a virtual Windows 10 workspace from the cloud. In a previous blog, we explained what the benefits of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), a platform-as-a-service, are for the business. In this blog, we take a look at the IT benefits.
1 – SCALABILITY
As Christiaan already explained in his blog, one of the greatest advantages offered by Windows Virtual Desktop is its scalability. This feature provides benefits for the business but also certainly for the IT organization. If, for example, you are building a classic Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environment, you must first establish an entire infrastructure. You do that on the basis of requirements. One of those requirements is the number of users you estimate will work in that environment. Is that a hundred or is that a thousand? This number is a key factor in how you will build the environment and what you must invest in it. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you no longer have to worry about that because that infrastructure is now already offered from the cloud as a service. This means that you can set up a WVD environment for a small legal office just as easily as you can for a large corporate business – because the exact same WVD platform is available to everyone.
2 – TRIAL BALLOON
So, with WVD, you can relatively easily establish a proof of concept and you can very easily scale that up or down according to the client’s current needs. Previously, you had to take account of a large number of issues and once you had built the environment with all sorts of components, you just hoped that it would also be used and accepted. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can very easily put up a trial balloon to discover whether the WVD platform offers what the client is looking for. If that is the case, you can continue to build the environment. If not, you can look for a different solution.
3 – LICENSING COSTS
Many organizations are familiar with Microsoft. They already have licences for multiple Microsoft products and therefore often also for Windows Virtual Desktop. This means they can offer their users a hosted desktop without extra licensing costs from a different third-party supplier. Whether the Microsoft WVD solution offers them exactly what they need, or whether another market solution such as that from Citrix or VMware is more suitable, remains to be seen. But if the Microsoft WVD solution satisfies their requirements, this can quickly reduce licensing costs.
THE BIG PICTURE
Where you previously had to build a physical infrastructure in a data centre or on-premise at the client, this is now a thing of the past thanks to Windows Virtual Desktop. In many cases, extra licensing costs are eliminated and upscaling or downscaling is a snap. This does not alter the fact that you still must have sound knowledge of how to set up the Windows host where the end user lands and that you must have good insight into the wishes and needs of the client. For example: How do you deal with User Environment Management? How do you link the on-premise Active Directory to the Azure Active Directory? How do you deal with existing legacy applications? Establishing a standard WVD workspace can be done quickly, but how should this be integrated in the big picture? How do you administer such an environment if it runs in production? We have years of experience with hosted desktop environments and with linking a cloud environment to an organization’s existing environment. We also have a complete set of tools at our disposal to make all of this possible. Because we operate independently of any vendor, we can give you honest advice about what the best virtual workspace solution is for your organization.
If you’re looking for someone who can help you configure Windows Virtual Desktop and ensure that your employees have access to a suitable desktop-as-a-service, please get in touch – we’d be delighted to help you.