Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a comprehensive Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution on the Microsoft Azure platform and is broadly viewed as the evolution of Remote Desktop Services.

WVD is the only virtual desktop infrastructure that offers Windows 10 multi-session, delivers optimisations for Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise while reducing support overhead on monitoring, management, and troubleshooting.

You can access it from anywhere in the world and, by the nature of the service, it is particularly useful for organizations who need their staff to work remotely, use external consultants, or have a varying need for numbers of desktops and types. 

It is simple to deploy, easy to manage, cost-effective and secure. It also provides a seamless experience for users, allowing them to use applications in the same way as a laptop or local desktop.

Urgent need to facilitate home working

Organisations are faced by an unprecedented need to quickly facilitate home working for employees due to the global COVID-19 crisis.

Employees may need to use their personal devices for home

They may not have enough mobile working equipment to provide laptops to all employees, so need to consider BYOD scenarios.

Security and compliance needs to be maintained

Need to move quickly to avoid employees using personal solutions for communication and information sharing, e.g. DropBox, Google Drive, WhatsApp etc.

Organisational data must be secured

Organisations must provide a safe enterprise solution which will reduce data leakage and risk exposure. 

Cloud first approach

All public sector organisations are looking to adopt pubüfc cloud services if they have not done so already. Windows Virtual Desktop runs on Azure, providing high availability, security and reliability where you need it.

“Agilisys colleagues with support from Microsoft have performed miracles at a difficult time to accelerate the delivery of Windows Virtual Desktop. This has allowed a large number of staff to use their personal computers at home, accessing a full North Somerset desktop to continue the delivery of our critical services for residents.”

Stuart Anstead Head of Partnership Support Services at North Somerset Council

Identity is the cornerstone of the WVD end user experience and enables the controls required to protect both corporate and personal data.

Azure AD provides a secure, consistent sign-on experience for end users with the ability to roam from device to device, ensuring that only the right people have access to corporate apps and data. The use of MFA and Conditional Access policies provide further security that can be used to determine WVD access based on the end user, device and/or location. WVD even supports passwordless authentication approaches, including biometrics such as Windows Hello. 

Agilsiys offers a range of services to support your WVD ambitions starting from pre-assessment and readiness checks through to proof of concept and migration to production services. 

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