The key benefits of Azure Virtual Desktop

In this article, we look at some of the ways your organisation can benefit from using Azure Virtual Desktop.

  • Multi-session Windows 10 that delivers the cost advantages of server-based virtualisation
  • The best service to virtualise Office 365 ProPlus running in multi-user virtual scenarios
  • The only service to provide Windows 7 virtual desktop with free Extended Security Updates, giving you more options to support legacy applications while you transition to Windows 10
  • The option to bring your existing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Windows Server desktops and apps to any computer
  • The ability to manage Windows 10, Windows Server and Windows 7 desktops, along with your apps, all with a unified management experience on Azure
  • A seamless way to virtualise both desktops and apps

KEY CAPABILITIES

With Azure Virtual Desktop, you can set up a scalable and flexible environment:

  • Create a full desktop virtualisation environment in your Azure subscription without having to run any additional gateway servers.
  • Publish as many host pools as you need to accommodate your diverse workloads.
  • Bring your own image for production workloads or test from the Azure Gallery.
  • Reduce costs with pooled, multi-session resources. With the new Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session capability exclusive to Azure Virtual Desktop and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) role on Windows Server, you can greatly reduce the number of virtual machines and operating system (OS) overhead while still delivering the same resources to your users.
  • Provide individual ownership through personal (persistent) desktops.

You can deploy and manage virtual desktops:

  • Use the Azure Virtual Desktop PowerShell and REST interfaces to configure the host pools, create app groups, assign users, and publish resources.
  • Publish full desktop or individual remote apps from a single host pool, create individual app groups for different sets of users, or even assign users to multiple app groups to reduce the number of images.
  • As you manage your environment, use built-in delegated access to assign roles and collect diagnostics to understand various configuration or user errors.
  • Use the new Diagnostics service to troubleshoot errors.
  • Only manage the image and virtual machines, not the infrastructure. You don’t need to personally manage the Remote Desktop roles as you do with Remote Desktop Services, just the virtual machines in your Azure subscription.

You can also assign and connect users to your virtual desktops:

  • Once assigned, users can launch any Azure Virtual Desktop client to connect users to their published Windows desktops and applications. Connect from any device through either a native application on your device or the Azure Virtual Desktop HTML5 web client.
  • Securely establish users through reverse connections to the service, so you never have to leave any inbound ports open.

Security Benefits

  1. Azure Active Directory: Azure Virtual Desktop uses Azure Active Directory to provide secure access to virtual desktops and applications.
  2. Multi-factor authentication: Azure Virtual Desktop supports multi-factor authentication, which helps to prevent unauthorized access to virtual desktops and applications.
  3. Encryption: Azure Virtual Desktop uses encryption to protect data in transit and at rest, helping to prevent data breaches and unauthorized access.
  4. Threat protection: Azure Virtual Desktop provides built-in threat protection to help prevent malware and other threats from infecting virtual desktops and applications.
  5. Security monitoring and alerts: Azure Virtual Desktop provides security monitoring and alerts to help identify potential security threats and take appropriate action.
  6. Virtual network security: Azure Virtual Desktop allows you to create a secure virtual network to isolate your virtual desktops and applications from other resources.
  7. Security patches and updates: Azure Virtual Desktop provides automatic security patches and updates to help keep your virtual desktops and applications up-to-date and secure.
  8. Security assessment and compliance: Azure Virtual Desktop provides tools and resources to help you assess and maintain compliance with various security standards and regulations.
  9. Security training and resources: Azure Virtual Desktop provides access to security training and resources to help you stay informed about security best practices and trends.
  10. Expert support: Azure Virtual Desktop offers expert support from Microsoft security experts to help you address any security concerns or questions.

Regulatory compliance

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a service that allows users to access a virtualised version of a desktop operating system and its associated applications from anywhere over the internet. One way that AVD can help with regulatory compliance is by providing a secure and controlled environment for accessing and processing sensitive data.

With AVD, you can set up virtual machines (VMs) that are configured to meet specific compliance requirements, such as those related to data protection, data privacy, and information security. For example, you can use AVD to create VMs that have the necessary controls and safeguards in place to meet the requirements of regulatory frameworks like the GDPR, HIPAA, or PCI DSS.

AVD also provides features that can help you meet other compliance requirements. For example, you can use Azure Policy to enforce compliance standards for VMs, and you can use Azure Monitor to track and report on compliance-related activities. Additionally, AVD allows you to create and manage users and groups, which can help you enforce access controls and meet compliance requirements related to user authentication and authorisation.

Overall, AVD can provide a secure and compliant environment for accessing and processing sensitive data, helping you to meet regulatory requirements and reduce the risk of non-compliance.

WHY MIGRATE?

ON-PREMISES

  • Pay only for what you need, when you use it. Windows 10 multi-sessions ensures you can forget about RDS licences, while session host VMs are licenced by the user, so no Windows Server licences required.
  • The double trouble of high costs and inflexibility, thanks to RDS licences, infrastructure management and the investment required to scale.
  • Security made difficult and not just once, but twice, during both set-up and configuration.

WINDOWS VIRTUAL DESKTOP

  • Pay only for what you need, when you use it. Windows 10 multi-sessions ensures you can forget about RDS licences, while session host VMs are licenced by the user, so no Windows Server licences required.
  • No complexity, in fact so simple it’s child’s play thanks to things like remote apps.
  • Now security and safety are simple, thanks to Azure AD integration, reverse connect technology and role-based access control.

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