Set up an Azure Virtual Desktop user (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) in minutes to enable secure remote work. Provide the familiarity and compatibility of Windows 11 with the new scalable multi-session experience for your end users and save costs by using existing eligible Windows licenses. Manage your end-to-end Azure Virtual Desktop deployment alongside other Azure services within the Azure portal.
What you Get with AVD:
- Deliver Windows 11 desktops and applications virtually anywhere – provide employees the best virtualized experience with the only solution fully optimized for Windows 11 and Microsoft 365.
- Built-in intelligent security – help keep your applications and data secure and compliant with security capabilities that can proactively detect threats and take remedial action.
- Deploy and scale in minutes – simplify deployment and management of your infrastructure and scale quickly based on your business needs.
- Reduce cost using existing licenses – use existing eligible licenses to reduce costs with a modern cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and pay only for what you use.
Strengthen your security posture with Azure
Reduce costs and complexity with a highly secure cloud foundation managed by Microsoft. Use multilayered, built-in security controls and unique threat intelligence from Azure to help identify and protect against rapidly evolving threats.
Start with a secure foundation– Take advantage of multi-layered security provided by Microsoft across physical datacenters, infrastructure, and operations in Azure. Gain from the state-of-art security delivered in Azure data centers globally. Rely on a cloud that is built with customized hardware, has security controls integrated into the hardware and firmware components, and added protections against threats such as DDoS. Benefit from a team of more than 3,500 global cybersecurity experts that work together to help safeguard your business assets and data in Azure.
Simplify security with built-in controls – Protect your workloads quickly with built-in controls and services in Azure across identity, data, networking, and apps. Get continuous protection with deeper insights from Microsoft Defender for Cloud. Extend protections to hybrid environments and easily integrate partner solutions in Azure.
Access Windows 10 and Windows 11 desktop and applications from virtually anywhere
Bring your own device (BYOD) and access your desktop and applications over the Internet using an Azure Virtual Desktop client such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or HTML5. Choose the right Azure virtual machine (VM) to optimize performance and leverage the Windows 10 and Windows 11 multi-session advantage on Azure to run multiple concurrent user sessions and save costs.
Reduce Cost – there are no additional license costs—Azure Virtual Desktop can be used with your existing eligible Microsoft 365 or Windows per-user license. Reduce infrastructure costs by right-sizing virtual machines (VMs) and shutting them down when not in use. Increase utilization of VMs with Windows 10 and Windows 11 multi-session. Avoid upfront costs and align operational expenses to business usage.
Why AVD over the competition?
Citrix Workspace, Azure Virtual Desktop, and Windows 365 are all solutions for delivering virtual desktops and applications to users. Here are the main differences between them:
Azure Virtual Desktop: Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) is a Microsoft cloud-based virtual desktop and application solution hosted on Azure. It allows organizations to deploy and manage virtual desktops and applications in the cloud, providing users with a secure and scalable remote work experience. Azure Virtual Desktop supports both Windows 10 multi-session and single-session deployments, as well as Windows Server Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) environments.
Citrix Workspace: Citrix Workspace is a digital workspace platform that provides users with secure access to their applications, desktops, and data from any device. It offers a wide range of features, including application and desktop virtualization, secure file sharing, and unified endpoint management. Citrix Workspace can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or as a hybrid solution. It can also integrate with Azure Virtual Desktop to enhance its capabilities.
Windows 365: Windows 365 is a cloud-based service that provides users with a personalized Windows desktop experience, accessible from any device. It offers two main offerings: Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise. Windows 365 is built on top of Azure Virtual Desktop but simplifies the deployment and management process, making it more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses. With Windows 365, users get a dedicated Cloud PC with a fixed amount of resources (CPU, RAM, and storage) based on the chosen plan.
In summary, Citrix Workspace is a comprehensive digital workspace solution that can integrate with Azure Virtual Desktop, while Azure Virtual Desktop is a cloud-based virtual desktop and application solution hosted on Azure. Windows 365 is a simplified version of Azure Virtual Desktop, providing a dedicated Cloud PC for each user. If you would like to read more on this topic, you can here.