What is Windows Virtual Desktop and how can it help my business? Posted by Jesse Brett, 13 Nov 2019

As Microsoft's WVD takes the IT world by storm, we guide you through the key benefits...

At Ignite 2018, Microsoft announced the arrival of Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), which claimed to offer the best virtualised Windows and Office experience. Fast-forward 12 months and Microsoft’s long-awaited WVD service has reached general availability.

Of course, many businesses already use a virtualised desktop solution to address specific needs such as compliance or flexible working. So, what makes WVD different?

Next-generation virtualisation

The traditional virtualised desktop setup can be costly and brings its own set of challenges. They are complex and resource intensive, requiring the installation, configuration and management of infrastructure including connection brokers, gateways and web access.

WVD takes this complexity and expense away. Delivered on Azure, the infrastructure is part of the service and therefore managed for you by Microsoft – meaning that you can deploy and scale virtual desktops easily.

A unique Windows 10 experience

WVD is the only service that allows a multi-user Windows 10 experience. This enables you to publish apps and desktops whilst also permitting multiple users to log into the same instance, sharing the underlying resources and the overall costs.

Native security

WVD has Microsoft risk-based identity and access management built-in. Deep integration with M365 provides an intelligent, secure environment for protecting and managing your corporate data and apps.

Flexible, scalable resourcing and pricing

With WVD you only pay for the Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Storage consumed by your users as they use the service. You simply select the deployment options to match your needs. In addition, licensing WVD is straightforward and you may already have it. Windows E3/5 and most M365 SKUs include access to use the service.

Support your legacy Windows 7 apps

A further benefit is that WVD can be used to virtualise your Windows 7 desktops with free extended security updates until January 2023. With extended support for Windows 7 ending soon, this will provide organisations constrained by legacy app compatibility with crucial additional time as they transition to Windows 10.

Enriching the WVD ecosystem

Acknowledging that varying capabilities are needed to support a diverse range of business needs, Microsoft has built WVD as a platform that can be easily extended and enhanced by partners such as Citrix and VMware. This will enable Citrix and VMware users to get the most out of their existing investments whilst benefitting from the advantages of WVD.

A game-changer for IT infrastructure?

Microsoft is committed to delivering the best possible virtual experience and WVD’s next-generation service effectively combats the challenges of the traditional virtualised desktop. Businesses adopting WVD will benefit from easier management, lower costs and inherent security features, combined with the flexibility to meet future business needs. And users benefit from a modern, 365-optimised and highly productive desktop experience.

At Bistech, we engaged with our customers whilst the service was in its infancy, partnering with them to demonstrate the business benefits. We have a wealth of knowledge in delivering WVD-based solutions that enable secure, flexible and remote working capabilities - even for the highest compute and GPU intensive users. Call us today to find out more - 03330 11 22 55.