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Explain IT: Season 3, Episode 2 - Windows Virtual Desktop

Is this the future of Virtual Desktops?

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In this episode we look at Windows Virtual Desktop; what it is, why it’s important and what we might see in the future from it. Host Zac Abbott is joined by Softcat’s chief technologist for digital workspace, Adam Harding, Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop global black belt, Tom Hickling, and Jez Haisman, Director of SI development and Microsoft Alliances in the EMEA for Citrix. Together they look at the evolution of virtual desktops and how Microsoft and Citrix work together to bring the best capabilities to an organisation’s VDI. They also look at who these services are relevant for and how best customers can use them.

  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a powerful tool and will remain mission-critical for organisations for the foreseeable future. It is essential, therefore, that user experience is a top priority.
  • Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) runs in the cloud, exclusively in Azure, managing an organisation’s estate; with virtual machines (VMs) hosting the apps and desktops for them.
  • Citrix are certified to extend and enhance WVD, offering multi-cloud, virtual apps and desktop service, and HDX and Teams optimisation for Enterprise customers.
  • It’s easy to transition, whether you have a VDI environment or not. VMs can be migrated from on-premise to Azure, but building in Azure natively directly is easier and allows you to deploy VMs in a few minutes.
  • WVD is for everyone - every organisation that has virtual desktops in their environment will benefit from moving to WVD. 
  • Citrix and Microsoft provide the best experience with WVD, with expertise stretching back decades and a firm sight on future developments and enhancements.



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