5 Key Benefits of Hosted Virtual Desktops for
your Business

Windows Virtual Desktop is a desktop and app virtualization service that runs on the cloud.

Key Benefits of Using Hosted Virtual Desktops

  • Overall Reduction in Operational Expenses
  • Flexibility to Work Remotely
  • Better Control Over Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Trend
  • High Level Data Security
  • Ease of Focusing on Core Business Processes

Key capabilities

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

  • Create a full desktop virtualization 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 Windows 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 providing the same resources to your users.
  • Provide individual ownership through personal (persistent) desktops.
  • You can deploy and manage virtual desktops:
  • Use the Windows 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 like 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 Windows 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 Windows Virtual Desktop HTML5 web client.
  • Securely establish users through reverse connections to the service, so you never have to leave any inbound ports open.

Case Study #1: Construction contractor boosts collaboration using virtual desktops with Microsoft Azure and NVIDIA GPUs

Based in Garden Grove, California, Southland Industries has 3,305 employees. Southland wanted flexible management for its engineering workstations. It also wanted to reduce the need for server and network infrastructure at local offices and the resources required to replicate massive data among them. Southland implemented a virtual desktop infrastructure using virtual machines hosted in Microsoft Azure and powered by NVIDIA GPU accelerators. Now, Southland can employ workers remotely, scale on demand, and gain access to skilled labor nationwide.


Case Study #2: Pharma firms track drug returns in the cloud, save millions of dollars

Qualanex acts as the returns department for some of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers. It handles the complex process of collecting expired drugs from retailer crediting retailers debiting manufacturers and ensuring that drugs are securely picked up and destroyed—and the whole process documented. It uses electronic data interchange (EDI) to track all the touchpoints and uses Microsoft Azure Logic Apps to choreograph EDI in the cloud- By moving EDI to Azure. Qualanex sets up EDI transactions in days versus weeks and resolves errors in minutes versus which saves pharmaceutical companies miIlions of dollars annually in erroneous return charges. With complete control over the EDI process Qualanex has better insight into EDI fees and can better construct tailored solutions for customers.

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