Microsoft has announced that Windows Virtual Desktop – in public preview since March 2019 – is now available generally worldwide.
Delivering a multi-user Windows 10 experience, Windows Virtual Desktop is optimised for Office 365 ProPlus, and, “With Windows Virtual Desktop, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes,” Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365.
Flexible and scalable, Windows Virtual Desktop –
- Enables the virtualisation of desktops and apps, and the option to deliver a full desktop experience or customised for specified apps
- Delivers virtual apps seamlessly integrated into each individual user’s experience
- Uses Azure for compute and storage requirements, to provide diagnostics and advanced networking capabilities, and for gateway provision
- Integrates extensively with Microsoft 365, utilising the suite’s security features – and in particular, conditional access, data loss prevention, and integrated management – to deliver the most secure solution for protecting and managing apps and data
- Includes free Windows 7 extended security updates
- Delivers the cost benefits previously associated with server-based virtualisation, without the complexity of the server-based model
- Has been developed as a platform that can be extended and developed by partners to meet the needs of their individual customers, including through the offering of additional services, such as a managed wrap.
Darren Roberts, Vuzion Azure Commercial Lead, says, “Many organisations benefit from implementing a virtualised desktop experience, particularly those requiring stricter security regulation and/or more consistent desktop experiences – such as those in the finance sector, involved with health care, or in call centre type industry.
“This is also a great option for customers with Windows 7 and facing end of Extended Support ,14 January 2020. Windows Virtual Desktop will give a welcome breathing space for these organisations with Windows 7 legacy applications, migrating to Windows 10, enabling the virtualisation of Windows 7 desktops with free Extended Security Updates (ESU) available until January 2023.”
Traditionally, desktop virtualisation has been complex and expensive to deliver, both from a deployment and management perspective. But, with Windows Virtual Desktop, Microsoft has taken away the need for resellers to install, configure, host, and manage the individual components themselves.
Darren Roberts: “This is an exciting announcement, and a product that we’re sure many of our partners will want to include among their offerings.
“At Vuzion, we can support partners looking to deliver Windows Virtual Desktop, whatever their capability and capacity – from providing licences through CSP for those partners able to implement and manage the whole experience for the customer, to providing a full set of professional and managed services for our partners.
“We will be creating educational and training activities to sit alongside provision of Vuzion’s professional service offering, Vuzion PRO, and which offers pre-sales support, and help with design, migration, optimisation, and management. “
For more information about Windows Virtual Desktop and how Vuzion can support partners, contact any of the Vuzion team – on +44 333 009 5939 for the UK team, +353 168 561 91 for Ireland’s, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.