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  • What are the different benefits of Microsoft Azure VDI?

    As a DaaS offering, Azure WVD is highly cost-effective compared to scaling up a traditional virtual desktop environment in your own data center. With the business disruption during COVID-19, companies were trying to find ways to extend their remote work infrastructure while keeping their operating expenses low. Companies already on a Microsoft ecosystem, such as Windows 10 Enterprise or Microsoft 365, had additional incentives to make the shift; I will explain why further down.
    Another driver for Azure WVD during this time is that it lets organizations control apps and data while allowing their employees to access those resources from their own devices. This is something that a traditional VDI/RDS environment can also provide; however, the cost advantage of Azure WVD, when combined with security and control, creates a winning combination.
    The Azure Advantage
    With Azure WVD, the infrastructure and management components of a traditional on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) disappears into the cloud—just like a dinosaur-shaped cloud merges back into indescribable formations on the backdrop of the beautiful blue sky on a sunny day. (Read my post on Windows Server/SQL Server end life for more dinosaur metaphors.) Thanks to this merging, Microsoft is taking back critical components of a traditional VDI, such as brokering, load-balancing, compute, storage, and diagnostics, from your plate—which will let your precious IT talent focus on other strategic areas with growth potential.
    Hosting your desktops on Azure also means you get Azure’s state-of-the-art security features. Microsoft claims that Azure is considered as the most secure public cloud platform, and Azure WVD provides the best DaaS security model for customers.

    With Azure WVD, users can only access the virtual machines by going through the Azure Active Directory authentication system. This means companies can use multifactor authentication and conditional access according to their needs and depending on the employee profile. Also, Azure uses reverse connect technology that lets you run a virtual machine (VM) without keeping any inbound ports open. This means that the VMs on Azure WVD are not exposed to the Internet directly.

    Windows 10 Multisession
    Unlike the traditional RDI, Azure WVD allows multiple sessions on a VM of Windows 10. This means that an organization can have multiple users access the same virtual machine while reducing costs on maintaining multiple VM licenses. Also, these sessions are isolated from each other, which gives higher security and privacy.

    FSLogix Profile Containers
    The FSLogix piece solidifies my above point about the superior Windows 10 and Office experience on Azure WVD. Microsoft acquired FSLogix a few years back and integrated its profile container technology into its Azure and Microsoft 365 ecosystems. With FSLogix profile container technology integrated to Azure WVD, Microsoft has revolutionized the way the end user experience works in non-persistent virtual machine sessions. An Azure WVD user profile will follow a user even if they do not use the same virtual machine session every time that they access the Azure WVD Virtual machines.

    I hope this information will be helpful!
    Matt Henry
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