What is Windows Virtual Desktop?
A virtual desktop is essentially a desktop environment which is stored remotely on a server, enabling it to be accessed from any authorised device using a Remote Desktop Connection. Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop takes this one step further by providing a comprehensive desktop and app virtualisation service hosted on Azure.
It is the only virtual desktop designed specifically for Windows 10 that optimises Office 365 and because it is hosted in the cloud, your end-users can be confident that it is always up to date, secure and highly scalable.
Windows Virtual Desktop makes for an easy sell to end-users, as they provide instant cost and time savings, as well as enabling modern working with remote and mobile employees.
Deploying a modern workplace for your end-users
Data from the Office of National Statistics predicts that half the UK workforce will be working remotely by 2020, employees will be benefiting from a better work-life balance, lower commute times and costs as well as a greater sense of freedom, but employers are naturally concerned.
Remote working brings its challenges, especially around productivity, security and the costs associated with enabling remote working, which is why it must be done right. This is where problem-solvers like you can guide end-users in building an efficient, secure and low-cost Modern Workplace.
The average UK employee spends £146 a month commuting to work, with London commuters spending more than double this. What is more, the desk cost for a full-time office-based employee costs over £8000 per year before they even turn on their device. From a financial standpoint alone, enabling modern working is a win-win situation for end-users.
Why Windows Virtual Desktop?
Cost: Virtual Desktops are a great tool, reducing management, infrastructure, and support costs. With maintaining a PC accounts for 50-70% of the cost of owning a PC, deploying virtual desktops can instantly save your end-users money, and reduce your time spent setting up new users on behalf of your customer.
You can quickly add or delete new users and even save on the hardware costs by providing employees with a thin device (a device that doesn’t have hard drives, fans, memory, storage or computing power), using the virtual desktop to provide all the tools and power the user needs and lowering the risk of parts breaking. Windows Virtual Desktop also pairs brilliantly with “bring your own device (BYOD)” policies, cutting back on infrastructure costs and giving employees the freedom to work on a device that is most comfortable to them.
Security: Windows Virtual Desktop offers the same superior security as you find with Azure, what is more, virtual desktops can’t be stolen, lost or compromised as all the business essential information is stored securely on a remote server, reducing the human element of the security risk landscape significantly. Considering that human error is the main cause of 95% of cybersecurity breaches, even small mitigations in this area will drastically reduce the risk to any company.
Because virtual desktops have fewer data paths to be inspected, this allows for much quicker monitoring times allowing IT teams (or you!) to respond more quickly and efficiently to threats and let’s not forget that without the data arriving at the endpoints, this mitigates a weak point in IT infrastructure.
Employee efficiency: Windows Virtual Desktop is the only multi-session Windows 10 experience available, allowing multiple users to be active simultaneously on the same Virtual Machine.
Each user’s data is isolated from every other user. This means countless employees can work on the same virtual device, from around the world, without impacting speed, performance or data management.
Start the Windows Virtual Desktop conversion with your end-users
The good news is, is that many of your customers are already eligible for Windows Virtual Desktop. Customers are eligible to access Windows 10 and Windows 7 with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) if they have one of the following licenses*:
- Microsoft 365 E3/A3
- Microsoft 365 E5/A5
- Microsoft 365 F1
- Microsoft 365 Business
- Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5
- Windows 10 Education A3/A5
- Windows 10 VDA per user
*Customers can access Windows Virtual Desktop from their non-Windows Pro endpoints if they have a Microsoft 365 E3/E5, Microsoft 365 A3/A5 or Windows 10 VDA per-user license.
If you want to start the conversation with your end-users but aren’t sure where to start, just get in touch with our Azure specialist team who can support you at every single stage. You can also find out more about Windows Virtual Desktop on our upcoming webinar, just click here to sign up.