Research by the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis suggests that the coronavirus crisis will permanently change the way in which we travel and work. If working from home becomes more commonplace, it will have a positive effect on current problems such as traffic jams and CO2 emissions. All of this means that a future-proof workplace will be essential. Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) can provide precisely that – a platform-as-a-service that can give your users a virtual Windows 10 workplace from the cloud, with access to their desktop and applications at any time and from anywhere. In this blog, we’ll look at the four benefits of WVD for business.
1 Simple to scale
WVD is offered as a cloud service, which means that it can be scaled both up and down with ease. In the event of fusions and takeovers, you can ensure that your new employees have the standard workplace in no time. In addition, if your business recruits seasonal workers, temporary contractors, or partners, you can easily provide them with access to your network and business applications without major investment expenditure.
This flexibility has a cost benefit in that you can scale your users up and down on a monthly basis, paying a monthly fee for only those workplace resources that have actually been used. You never pay for resources that you don’t use.
3 Accessible form all devices, from anywhere
WVD is available worldwide, which means that access is available from anywhere. If you have an internet connection, you have a workplace, which is very useful in times like these. Even call centre staff who would normally work from a large open-plan office can enjoy access to all applications and communications functions with WVD. Employees who prefer to work from their own device, such as a MacBook, can also obtain access to the corporate workplace with WVD. In addition, WVD allows you to grant temporary access to companies developing software for you. The developers will then know that the software they are creating actually works within your landscape.
WVD runs in the cloud, so the data stays in the cloud too. It is never stored locally on laptops or other devices, significantly reducing the risk of data leaks, which is especially important in finance, healthcare, and government.
Enabling it is just the start…
Microsoft provides Windows Virtual Desktop as a platform-as-a-service. Enabling it alone does not mean that your employees will have immediate access to a complete workplace just yet. Once the WVD machines have been enabled, it’s important that they are monitored and kept up to date in terms of security patches and functionality: the right applications need to be installed, data need to be accessible, and the experience needs to be kept at a high level. In short, Windows Virtual Desktop still needs to be configured so that you can give your employees a desktop-as-a-service.
If you’re looking for someone who can help you configure Windows Virtual Desktop and ensure that your employees have access to a suitable desktop-as-a-service, please get in touch – we’d be delighted to help you.
Christiaan de Vin