Windows Virtual Desktop

Microsoft Made Simple

My son was watching me write up a document last night, struggling over how to structure a sentence. ‘Business is basically one big thesaurus competition, isn’t it?’ he said. Great observation. IT is complicated enough without having to wade through articles written to make us sound more clever. It gave me the idea for this series. I want to take unfamiliar IT concepts within the Microsoft products I deliver and try and make them digestible for the average Business Manager or anyone else who’s interested! So, here’s the first one, Windows Virtual Desktop.

WVD or Windows Virtual Desktop is an exciting new way of providing desktops to your users. It’s very current and set to be the next ‘big thing’ in IT, so it’s worth knowing about.

Traditionally in an office setting, users have desktops and monitors connected via routers and switches to servers. And you might have many servers to host users, email, applications etc. These all need to be managed and backed up and so on. However; things are moving on.  Users work from home or in the field using laptops, tablets, phones and these all must connect into your servers. It gets hard to manage and security is compromised. Companies are moving servers and infrastructure to ‘the cloud’.

In comes ‘the cloud’, I’ll save this topic for another day but in basic terms, the cloud allows you to rent all the technology mentioned above from a cloud provider and they will manage it for you in their data centre. Microsoft’s cloud service is Azure and it’s really cool.

WVD is a hosted desktop. Meaning Azure has allocated a bit of datacentre or cloud and set it up to act like a desktop. This is virtualization, it’s not a real desktop but it’s pretending to be one. Why is this good? It means your users can log in anywhere, anytime and from any device.  It means you only pay for what you use, the VM’s (virtual machines) can be switched on and off as you require. For example, if you take on 50 new users to cope with a busy period, you switch on the required VM’s and then switch off when you don’t need them, and it only takes few minutes.  You can also switch them off during weekends and evenings. You have no more capital expenditure wasted on buying or upgrading desktops.

Your workers won’t know any difference, they will turn on their device and log in as normal. It will appear to them like a normal Windows session with all their usual applications.

WVD is the only multi-session Windows 10 experience. This means many users can work on the same VM, so you don’t even need to allocate one VM per user.  This can be configured for performance or to be cost-effective. So, if you have a team of 8 graphic designers, they might be allocated 2 powerful VM’s, whereas you could have 10 average users on one VM of a similar specification.

Sound like a great cost-effective way to manage your workers. It is! Is it complicated to manage?   That’s where FutureRange comes in. We can do it all for you and much more. We offer monthly subscription-based solutions that include managed services and everything you need for a simple smooth transition to cloud-based solutions. All for about the cost of a phone bill.  

Take a look at our Windows Virtual Desktop site here www.windowsvirtualdesktop.ie

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