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AZURE VIRTUAL DESKTOP
Designed and offered as a Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), formerly known as Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. Offering simplified management and multi-session Windows 10, you can deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, supporting AVD. IGEL OS further extends the security and management benefits of running AVD.
SEE IT IN ACTION - IGEL OS accessing AVD
IGEL OS is the ideal edge OS for endpoint devices accessing Azure Virtual Desktop services. A lightweight Linux operating system designed specifically for secure, high-performance access to cloud workspaces, IGEL OS is the first Linux-based OS validated and certified with Microsoft for AVD device access. For organizations looking to:
- migrate to Windows 10
- unify and standardize all endpoints onto a single management platform
- streamline with multi-session Windows 10 virtual desktops
- or simply shed the costly and time-consuming burden of maintaining Windows on individual endpoints,
AVD and IGEL OS is the answer!
Existing IGEL and AVD customers - Staying Up to date with AVD
What is Azure Virtual Desktop?
Azure Virtual Desktop is a cloud-based, instanced virtual machine that leverages the power of Microsoft’s cloud services to offer a virtual desktop experience. It delivers a complete virtualized multi-user Windows 10 (or a single-user Windows 7) experience alongside Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus.
AVD functionalities include centralized monitoring and management, allowing system administrators to swiftly deploy and manage desktops, remote apps, and Windows servers within Azure. It was launched back in 2019 under the name Windows Virtual Desktop and as an advancement of Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) technology.
Why is Azure Virtual Desktop Service important?
What are the benefits of AVD?
Businesses can effectively reduce the costs incurred running virtual desktops that contain Windows OS such as Windows 7 or 10 by migrating the desktops and company applications to AVD. The improved utilization of costly resources due to the session-based desktops offered on Azure Virtual Machines (AVM) leads to better management of cost constraints.
Using AVD will also allow you to enjoy reduced Microsoft licensing costs since AVD does not require extra Client Access Licenses (CALs) for access, which are needed when using server OS. Moreover, the process of licensing for the use of Windows 10 on AVD is also simplified.
Both the company staff and the end-users of your services will experience simplified operations when you move your business’s IT infrastructure to the cloud. The end-users can use any device or browser to access their desktops and applications. The staff will enjoy spending little time managing local networks and physical machines. There will also be improved scalability and flexibility since user profiles are kept in separate containers.
With AVD, sensitive information can never be transferred out of the company servers because all data transfers are between Azure cloud instances. There are lots of built-in security protocols inside the Microsoft Azure cloud itself, including Azure Security Center, Azure Firewall, Microsoft Center ATP, and Azure sentinel. Using a lean, lightweight, read-only, modular endpoint operating system like IGEL OS makes the endpoint devices themselves much more secure as well.
Office 365 products integrate better with the resources and services found in the Microsoft Cloud. This results in improved performance of the office 365 products that run on AVD environments. Additionally, the applications that require minimal latency to the desktop will also experience enhanced performance. There is also a possibility of virtual graphics processing for graphics-intensive applications.