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Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is an Azure delivered solution that provides users with a complete Windows desktop environment on any device, in any location. All that's needed is an internet connection - the rest is taken care of by Fuse.

Windows Virtual Desktop helps:

  • Employees stay as productive with a virtualized experience on a PC, phone, tablet, or browser as they are with a physical PC sitting right in front of them
  • Simplify management, provisioning, and access to corporate data and apps
  • Migrations to the cloud
  • Reduce the costs and resources associated with managing on-premises infrastructure
  • Empower IT to transform the workplace

Virtualisation helps companies address address specific business needs:

  • More secure access to data/organisational resources
  • Compliance with industry regulations (i.e. financial, healthcare, government)
  • An increasingly elastic workforce (i.e. mergers/acquisitions, short-term employees, contractor/partner access)
  • Employee-specific needs (i.e. BYOD or mobile staff, call centres, branch workers)
  • Specialised workloads (i.e. design/engineering, legacy apps, software dev test)

Customers with Microsoft 365 already have WVD usage rights - all that's needed in addition is Azure infrastructure services to run the desktops on - we can have you up and running in hours!

More secure, productive virtual desktop experience on Azure with Microsoft 365

Deploy a complete, intelligent solution that enhances creativity and collaboration for everyone. Shift to Microsoft 365 and get Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Work from anywhere, with full voice and video integration.

Delivers the only multi-session Windows 10 experience

Provide your users with the only multi-session Windows 10 experience virtualized in the cloud that’s highly scalable, always up to date, and available on any device.

  • Multi-session and single-session Windows 10
  • Store and legacy app remoting
  • Free Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

Enable optimisations for Office 365 ProPlus

Delivers the best Office 365 ProPlus experience with multi-session virtual scenarios to provide the most productive virtualised experience to your users.

  • Office 365 containers make Office more performant in a multi-session environment including Outlook and OneDrive for Business support.
  • Profile containers enable faster and more performant experience in non-persistent environments.

Migrate existing Windows Server (RDS) desktops and apps

Migrate your Remote Desktop Services (RDS) environment for Windows Server desktops and apps with a simplified infrastructure management and deployment experience on Azure.

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 and Remote Desktop Services 2012R2 and newer
  • App compatibility for existing Windows Server images used on-prem

Deploy and scale in minutes

Quickly virtualize and deploy modern and legacy desktop app experiences in minutes with unified management in the Azure portal.

  • Azure has datacenters available in 54 regions, and 140 countries.
  • Azure management portal for Windows Virtual Desktop
  • Built in security and compliance (Windows & Azure)

Only pay for what you use

Desktops are only charged for while they are running - VMs can be stopped overnight, at weekends, and automatically scaled down during periods of low usage.

  • Need a powerful machine once a month to run that monster spreadsheet? Pay a few pounds to run it for an hour or two, then switch it off once completed.
  • Running expensive laptops to work on CAD drawings? Let Azure do the hard work - VMs scale far bigger than the most powerful workstations available, you only pay for them while they are running, and there's no chance of spilling coffee on them!

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Fuse Provide a complete solution for Windows Virtual Desktop

Whatever stage of deployment you are at, Fuse can provide all you need for a complete Windows Virtual Desktop solution:

  • Licensing for Microsoft 365 Business/Enterprise, providing the required Windows and Office licences*
  • An Azure subscription, connected to your corporate Active Directory, or existing Office 365 subscription, for integrated identity and security management.
  • Connections to your existing data, applications, databases and systems - wherever they are located.
  • A Windows desktop that runs your user applications, in an environment that they are used to - as Windows 7/10 or Server 2012/2016
  • Data migrations to Azure, if required.
  • Printer and scanner support.
  • Integration with voice/video for Teams/Skype for Business, and other VOIP solutions.
  • Full support for the solution deployment and any integrations needed.
  • Post implementation, ongoing support for Azure infrastructure, users and applications.

What do users need to Access Windows Virtual Desktop?

  • A Microsoft licence with VDA rights - Microsoft 365 or Windows 10 Enterprise are the most common
  • An Azure Active Directory Account, also known as a Microsoft Work Account - if they have Office 365, they have one of these. 
  • A device with a modern browser - e.g. Chrome, Edge or Firefox.
  • A URL - https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/

Users can be up and running in minutes, making this an ideal solution for disaster recovery contingency - you only pay for the infrastructure while it's in-use.

Which clients are available?

Although the full desktop experience is possible in a browser, for some functionality, e.g. printer and voice/video integration, a rich client is required:

  • For Windows and MacOS based clients, there is a WVD client available for download and deployment via group policy/Intune/SCCM. This is integrated with Azure Active Directory, and provides single-sign-on capabilities.
  • The Windows store remote desktop app also provides hardware integration.
  • For Android clients, there is a WVD app in the Google play store.
  • For iOS, there is a WVD app in the Apple app store.
  • Note: because WVD on Azure does not use the share a gateway protocol with Remote Desktop Services, the built-in Windows RDS client cannot be used.

Is this a secure solution?

Virtual desktops represent one of the most secure ways of enabling users to work remotely:

  • The desktop itself runs within the Azure datacenters, which are some of the most secure locations on the planet
  • The initial authentication occurs with Azure active directory, which is Microsoft's most secure authentication system. It can be enhanced with multi-factor authentication and conditional access.
  • The user authenticates with their nearest regional gateway (for speed), however the location of the desktop infrastructure is specified by you - e.g. UK, Europe, US, Japan...
  • All data in Azure is encrypted in transit and at rest.

 

*Customers can access Windows Virtual Desktop from their non-Windows Pro endpoints if they have a Microsoft 365 E3/E5/F1, Microsoft 365 A3/A5 or Windows 10 VDA per user license.

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