Azure Virtual Desktop is Microsoft’s cloud-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), offering one of the most user-friendly and fully integrated solutions on the market. This flexible, efficient VDI works across Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android to provide a full-featured experience for the end user while preserving the highest security standards. By removing the expense and complexity of building and maintaining physical servers, Azure Virtual Desktop simplifies your technology and streamlines both your office- and home-based users. Rather than investing in hardware that loses performance and rapidly loses value over time, consider Azure Virtual Desktop and ensure that your technology is always updated and secure.
Instead of creating and maintaining your own servers at high cost to your business, consider Amazon Simple Storage Solutions (S3). Amazon S3 works at an object level. It is scalable to store any amount of data, and it is accessible anytime on demand. With strong access controls, cost-effective storage options, and industry-leading data availability and storage, Amazon S3 can work for any size of business.
There are several storage classes within Amazon S3, all offering excellent durability and security for your data. For general purpose storage, S3 Standard and S3 Intelligent-Tiering offer low cost, low latency storage. If you access your data less frequently but still require rapid access, S3 Standard-IA or S3 One Zone-IA offers high availability storage at low costs. AWS also offers storage for archived data based on the required availability: S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval, S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval, or S3 Glacier Deep Archive.
AWS offers serverless storage through the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), allowing you to build and configure your shared file systems quickly and easily. Amazon EFS is optimized to handle the majority of applications and features high availability and extreme durability for your data. With scalable, agile storage that grows and shrinks with your needs, Amazon EFS reduces costs by ensuring that you only pay for what you use. In addition, Amazon EFS will automatically move your rarely-accessed files to lower cost storage. Amazon EFS is your solution if you need to quickly and easily share data with no management required.
Amazon FSx is a fully Windows-compatible storage system with high availability, default backups for all files, and automatically updated hardware patches and provisioning. If you rely on a Windows-based file server that is reaching capacity or is nearing end-of-life, Amazon FSx may be the solution for you. Amazon FSx offers low latency, guaranteed performance, and industry-leading security for your business files.
In addition to working seamlessly with Windows File Server, Amazon FSx offers storage for NetApp ONTAP, Open ZFS, and Lustre. Simply choose the system you already use and your data can be transferred seamlessly to your new cloud-based file system. With Amazon FSx, you only pay for what you use, eliminating the need to invest thousands in on-site storage in favor of pay-per-use storage with Amazon FSx.
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) low latency, high performance block storage for use with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. Amazon EBS supports SSD-based or HDD-based volume types and includes encryption for your data, both in-flight and at rest. As always, Amazon EBS is a cost-effective, scalable, and easy to use. Amazon EBS supports service levels that specialize in everything from highly available, low latency block storage to very low cost, durable storage for archived data blocks.
Amazon File Cache offers a unified view of your files, regardless of storage location. You can link physical servers, Amazon FSx, Amazon S3, or other cloud datasets within the Amazon File Cache. This low-latency cache makes it easier to process your file data by presenting a cohesive look at everything you have linked to the Amazon File Cache.
Azure Virtual Desktop allows your employees to access their applications and virtual desktop using Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and HTML5. This broad compatibility allows your workers to integrate easily into your cloud network.
Create Virtual Machines (VMs) and choose how users access them. Azure Virtual Desktop supports multi-session capabilities, a service that allows several end users to work simultaneously using a single VM or choose single-user machines to avoid resource conflicting. Choose to distribute users across your VMs for optimal efficiency, and scale VMs in and out of your network as needed. Whether you have stable user requirements or experience peak use periods, scaling your cloud network appropriately reduces costs and ensures that your resources are ideally allocated.
Azure Virtual Desktop offers comprehensive analysis of use and connectivity through Azure Virtual Desktop Insights and integrates seamlessly with Azure Monitor. With a centralized management platform, Azure Virtual Desktop simplifies the IT work for your team through easy application and desktop delivery management.
Licensing for your Microsoft and Windows products is simple as your existing eligible Microsoft 365 licenses. Microsoft Teams, Office, and Microsoft 365, OneDrive, and SharePoint Online are all flawlessly integrated on your VMs and experience unified integration into existing Azure infrastructure.
Data is highly available and accessible from anywhere and can be configured for increased resiliency by hosting copies of your data across different locations and separate zones. When configured this way, Microsoft guarantees 99.99% availability. Even if a zone loses connectivity, your data is still secure and available locally, regionally, or worldwide on your choice of redundant zone(s).
Azure ensures the security of your data by utilizing reverse connect transport, sending an encrypted connection (HTTPS port) to the user instead of using a less secure open Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) port. In addition, implementing optional security features allows you to ensure that data never moves from the VM to a physical device. You can require Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for users as part of the Zero Trust protocols. Microsoft Defender is fully optimized with Azure Virtual Desktop, meaning that your data is proactively secured against threats. Azure security infrastructure also includes Azure Active Directory security, Azure Firewall, and Azure Security Center, providing security options where you need them most.
Azure Virtual Desktop is designed and architected by Microsoft, for Microsoft, including Windows 10, Windows 11, Server 2022 and Microsoft 365. With bring your own device (BYOD) policies growing in popularity, a secure and highly accessible network is more important than ever. Azure Virtual Desktop works with almost every modern browser, and is works seamlessly with devices using Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and HTML5.
With Azure, users experience no difference between using a physical computer or accessing a Virtual Machine (VM). can be accessed from anywhere, on any device. FSLogix Profile Containers connects users to their own profile upon login, so all personal settings and files are available immediately regardless of which physical device they use or which VM they have been assigned to for each session.
Azure Virtual Desktop is an efficient, flexible, and scalable cloud VDI solution for large and small businesses alike. It conforms to all regulatory and compliance standards and saves costs by utilizing existing Microsoft and Windows licenses. By incorporating simple and secure user login with an interface that operates like a physical machine, Azure Virtual Desktop allows for quick onboarding and efficient access for employees. Contact the experts at Virtix to find out if Azure Virtual Desktop is right for your business.
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