Microsoft VDI | How to Improve It with Parallels RAS

Microsoft VDIVirtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) allows organizations to host a Windows desktop on a centralized server in a datacenter or on the cloud. However, Microsoft VDI can quickly turn into an expensive and complex undertaking if you choose the wrong desktop delivery solution. Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) offers an easy-to-deploy, cost-effective, seamless VDI solution that allows you to automatically prepare, configure, and publish virtual desktops to any device, anywhere.

Understanding the Basics of Microsoft VDI

With Microsoft VDI, IT administrators can host full virtual desktops with Windows OS in a central location. These virtual desktops can be accessed remotely from a wide variety of devices.

VDI simplifies device maintenance by allowing organizations to update devices (operating systems, security patches, and application updates) from a central location with ease, without having to go on-site to physical facilities or transfer big-size data through the network.

In addition, businesses can immediately expand or reduce their desktop numbers, adapting the company infrastructure quickly to changing business requirements.

Moreover, Microsoft VDI can increase data security by removing file storage on local devices and centralizing data on the server or in the cloud. It can reduce the risk of malware by limiting OS personalization, offering a new OS image at each user logon.  

Three Main Microsoft VDI Challenges

VDI simplifies desktop management, making it simple to perform such tasks as updating software or applying security patches. However, there are a few challenges that organizations need to consider when choosing their VDI solution software.  

Parallels RAS Enables High-Performance, Seamless Cost-Effective VDI

Microsoft VDIParallels RAS makes VDI quick, easy, and affordable. It enables organizations to deliver fully functioning virtual Windows desktops and applications that employees need. Learn more.

Parallels RAS offers application delivery from Microsoft RDS, hypervisors, containers, and remote desktops. It allows organizations to use legacy applications in a virtual environment by supporting any server OS after Windows Server 2003R2. Learn more.

Autoconfiguration wizards, cloning capabilities, and VM templates enable IT admins to reduce complexity and quickly deploy virtual desktops to users from the central management console.  In addition to the Parallels RAS license per concurrent user, organizations need to consider the purchase of the Microsoft license to enable users to receive the virtual desktop or applications. With the introduction of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, VDI licensing has become more affordable for service providers with a valid Microsoft Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA). Server VDI allows delivery of a full virtual server, instead of a single virtual desktop. While the experience is very similar for the user, there are big changes with the licensing. In fact, under a valid Microsoft SPLA, the server VDI doesn’t require any Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) and Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA), allowing service providers to reduce cost. Parallels RAS supports this procedure, enabling important cost saving. Learn more.

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