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Work from anywhere at any time safely with Windows Virtual Desktop that
combines compatibility of Windows 10 with a new scalable multi-session experience for your end-users.

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87% of CIOs believe digitally empowering employees can drive at least 5% additional revenue growth over 3 years
Employees who work for firms that make apps available and highly accessible spend 17% less time on manual processes
63% of full-time employees think that working remotely improves productivity

What is Windows Virtual Desktop?

Windows Virtual Desktop provides a workforce with access to a Windows virtual machine that runs whatever applications a standard Windows IT-sanctioned computer can run for your company. Businesses can setup multi-session Windows 10 deployments designed to run in multi-user virtual scenarios by taking advantage of Azure's cloud infrastructure.

It's the only virtual desktop infrastructure that, along with multi-session Windows 10 and the best Microsoft Office 365 experience for end-users, provides streamlined management for IT and administrators. The way Microsoft 365 helps clients to transition to a new desktop environment places it at the centre of modern workplace transformation processes.

Utilising a Windows 10 and Office 365 workspace not only provides the most efficient and stable computing experience, it also saves time and money for your IT department, allowing their attention to be spent on progressing the business rather than having their productivity stifled.

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How Secure is Windows Virtual Desktop?

Access to desktop instances is managed under Windows Virtual Desktop by conditional access protocols, including multi-factor authentication.  

The Azure infrastructure can be deployed using the Azure Security Center to allow role-based access control (RBAC) and detect threats. Windows Virtual Desktop is certified compliant with all of the following guidelines: ISO 27001, 27018 and 27701, PCI, FedRAMP High for Commercial, and HIPPA.

How does Windows Virtual Desktop Integrate With Microsoft 365?

Organisations with Microsoft 365 or an enterprise version of Windows, Windows Virtual Desktop can set up a desktop account for each user for free and your remote users can access a ready-made virtual machine running Windows from anywhere, from any computer, at any time, without any additional charges.

Your company can scale desktop access to meet business needs in real-time, as Windows Virtual Desktop is managed via the Microsoft Azure Portal. With a few clicks, administrators can increase virtual CPUs, add virtual RAM, assign more virtual hard disc storage and more, without having to delve into complicated hardware or software.

87% of CIOs believe digitally empowering employees can drive at least 5% additional revenue growth over 3 years
Employees who work for firms that make apps available and highly accessible spend 17% less time on manual processes
63% of full-time employees think that working remotely improves productivity

Transitioning to the modern workplace

If your organisation already subscribes to Microsoft 365 or an enterprise version of Windows, Windows Virtual Desktop will set up a desktop account for each user for free. Therefore, your remote users can access a ready-made virtual machine running Windows from anywhere, from any computer, at any time, without any additional charges.

Your company can scale desktop access to meet business needs in real-time, as Windows Virtual Desktop is managed via the Microsoft Azure Portal. With a few clicks, administrators can increase virtual CPUs, add virtual RAM, assign more virtual hard disc storage and more, without having to delve into complicated hardware or software programmes.

What is the difference between Windows Virtual Desktop and Managed Desktop?

Our consultants can advise on the best approach for your business based on your users, your existing infrastructure, and the applications you use and need. As part of this process, they may recommend a route including Windows Virtual Desktop, Managed Desktop or a combination of both.

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)

is a fully managed virtual desktop as a subscription service

Managed Desktop as a Service

is a managed service to support a physical device.

The benefits

Work on any device from anywhere

WVD is fully optimised to combine the power of Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 on any device you may have, including employee’s own devices (BYOD).

Deploy in minutes

At Chess, we can deploy WVD in minutes helping you to work better together from anywhere, at any time.

Built-in intelligent security

Protect your data and ensure compliance with the built-in security features of Microsoft 365, even if using personal devices.

Reduce your costs

WVD helps to reduce costs by utilising your existing licences and prolonging the life of your hardware as you can spin WVD on old, under-powered devices since it uses minimal computing power.

Update your devices

As part of the Managed Desktop route, also known as Desktop-as-a-Service, you can choose to update your hardware and lease your end-user devices.

Focus on your work

Using a managed desktop service allows you to focus on the core function of your business rather than supporting end-user devices.

Built-in intelligent security

Protect your data and ensure compliance with the built-in security features of Microsoft 365, even if using personal devices.

Reduce your costs

Reduce costs by outsourcing user device deployment, IT service management and operations, security monitoring and response and user support.

Chess helps you decide which service is best for you

Modern Workplace Assessment

The modern workplace assessment will help you decide on the best solution for your organisation. Over two days a technical architect will review and advise on the right approach for your business - Managed Desktop as a Service or Windows Virtual Desktop.  

Discovery
  • Deployment of discovery tools and capacity planning 
  • Review of tenant readiness for Modern Workplace (Microsoft 365 licences, Azure AD configuration and devices) 
  • Capture of user scenarios (power users, frontline users, field sales etc.)
  • Existing infrastructure including devices, network links, platforms
  • Application discovery (Legacy, native, EoL etc.) 
Review
  • Create and share appraisal document

  • Presentation walkthrough of discovery findings and tenant readiness

  • Explaining the transformation steps and commercial implications

  • A documented and defined desktop delivery strategy aligned to the business requirements

£1600 excl. VAT 

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Modern Workplace Experience

Through the Modern Workplace Experience a technical architect will deliver over two days a proof of concept, a dedicated virtual desktop and/or managed desktop environment.

  • Proof of concept
  • Dedicated virtual desktop and/or managed desktop environment for 5 users over a 30-day period
  • Package and deployment of 3 selected line of business applications
  • 2-hour knowledge transfer session to internal teams

£1800 excl. VAT 

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