Azure VDI: What Happens When You Deliver Virtual Desktops? | Parallels

Azure VDI desktops are virtual desktops delivered through the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Because vdi solutions are traditionally served from on-premises servers, what exactly do you gain by putting it in the Azure Cloud?

Well, the cloud computing industry—whether Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)—is booming. The global cloud market increased from US$ 24.7 billion in 2018 to reach US$32.4 billion in 2019, representing a 31.3% growth. This is according to Gartner.

It would seem, on the surface, that there’s plenty of room for everyone. However, this is isn’t the case. Two major providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure have staked a huge chunk of the market and are slowly edging out rivals. For now, AWS seems to have an advantage over Azure in terms of market share and revenue, having launched four years earlier.

But Microsoft is slowly catching up by targeting app developers and IT pros using its platform’s intuitive tools. In January this year, Microsoft reported a net income of US$11.6 billion, up from US$8.4 billion the previous year, a 38% growth rate. By offering great tools for scaling and simplified deployment of apps, Azure is slowly emerging as a top contender with AWS for the top position in the cloud industry.

Azure Cloud + VDI = The Best of Both Worlds 

You’re probably familiar with the business benefits of cloud services:  

VDI solutions also have similar qualities. VDI desktops typically run on almost any device. Although it probably doesn’t enable as much Capex savings as the Cloud, VDI does help businesses realize huge operational expenditure (Opex) savings through much lower endpoint administrative and maintenance costs.

Lastly, because VDI centralizes the administration of desktops, applications, and data, it makes it easier for admins to secure those digital assets. Because VDI and cloud solutions nicely complement each other, a VDI solution deployed in Azure can also mean:

Windows Virtual Desktop

Previously, the way to deliver virtual desktops through Azure was by utilizing a virtual desktop delivery solution capable of being deployed on that platform, such as Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS). You would install Parallels RAS on Azure virtual machines and then deliver desktops and applications off of those.

Now there’s another way. Microsoft launched Windows Virtual Desktop, a solution hosted in Azure designed to deliver Windows virtual desktops. WVD can deliver both multi-session (Windows 10) virtual desktops and, if needed, dedicated VDI desktops.

VDI-based, one-to-one desktops are ideal for workloads that require high computing resources while doing remote work. People that work in various industries—including oil/gas, engineering, film, energy, medical, and automotive—who need to use applications even when away from their physical desktops are better served by dedicated VDI desktops than their multi-session counterparts.

WVD is an appealing option for organizations because it provides increased security, cost savings, and increased employee efficiency.

1. Enhanced security

WVD provides the same security that you expect from Azure. Organizations don’t need to worry about the hardware getting lost, stolen, or tampered with since your data is hosted in Azure. With simple permission changes, IT admins can modify which user gets access to what services. Additionally, IT admins can quickly patch up and update software, ensuring that all users have access to the latest software version.

2. Cost savings

Organizations that employ WVD rely less on expensive desktop computers and software licenses, potentially saving costs in the long run. IT admins can easily provision IT resources to users via any device such as BYOD or thin clients, which are cheaper options. Additionally, WVD allows organizations to upgrade and maintain their apps in a centralized server, further saving costs.

3. Enhanced employee efficiency

With a Virtual Desktop delivery solution, your staff are no longer tied to the physical office to do their work—they can work from any location, at any time, using any device of their choice. Not only does this increase their efficiencies, but it also creates a better work-life balance.

Delivering Azure VDI Desktops through Parallels RAS

Parallels ® RAS already supported the traditional way of delivering VDI virtual desktops through Azure. Now it’s getting even better by paving the way to support Windows Virtual Desktop. By using Parallels RAS, you gain the flexibility of delivering Azure-based VDI virtual desktops in whichever way suits your business needs.

Parallels RAS integrates with Windows Virtual Desktop. It greatly extends and simplifies the capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop by integrating and managing all workloads and resources from a centralized console. Organizations can integrate Parallels RAS deployments with Windows Virtual Desktop, delivering a single solution to end-users.

Leverage the 99.9% availability of Microsoft Azure Cloud to make sure your data is always accessible, and Parallels RAS to make sure the access is always secure and monitored.

Download your 30-day evaluation period of Parallels RAS today and start delivering Azure VDI desktops in less than an hour! 


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