Microsoft announced their new Windows Virtual Desktop this week at the Microsoft Ignite Conference, a solution that will seamlessly integrate with our Cloud Workspace Management Suite.
This week the CloudJumper team attended the Microsoft Ignite Conference, held in Orlando, FL from September 25 – 28. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the latest partner-focused initiatives Microsoft is undertaking, network with other industry members, and spread the word about CloudJumper’s newest offerings.
The most notable announcement of the week by far was Microsoft’s unveiling of their new Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD).
What Does Windows Virtual Desktop Mean for CloudJumper (and Vice Versa)?
First off, it’s important to note that this is a truly validating development for CloudJumper. Microsoft’s choice to invest in a Desktop as a Service solution like this is in line with what we’ve been talking about for years.
But it’s not just the principle of the matter that counts.
Microsoft announced that WVD will deliver a virtualized Windows and Office experience on Microsoft Azure – making it the only cloud-based service that will offer a multi-user Windows 10 experience. It should also be noted that this environment will be optimized for Office 365 ProPlus, and will come with free Windows 10 Extended Security Updates. Microsoft is including WVD as part of the licensing skew for businesses within Office 365 subscription.
So where do CWMS and Cloud Workspace for Azure come in?
CWMS provides Microsoft WVD administrators with each and every tool they would need to effectively automate, implement and otherwise manage deployments for their end customers. As a complete cloud-based platform for application service enablement, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Workspace as a Service (WaaS) orchestration, CWMS makes it easy to run your end customers’ businesses in the cloud.
Furthermore, Cloud Workspace for Azure seamlessly and automatically deploys IT application workloads, eliminating the need to host components outside of Azure’s Compute environment.
This solution will deliver all of the elements required to rapidly orchestrate Windows Virtual Desktops on Microsoft Azure for employees to improve the mobility and productivity of business computing environments. You can build a hybrid cloud environment for end customers by managing their on-premise platforms with CWMS, and Cloud Workspace for Azure for everything else.
This offers considerable cost savings potential to those delivering Microsoft WVD to their end customers – especially via the Wake On-Demand™ capability, which optimizes the use of key resources to ensure proper allocation based on need. That means no need to monitor use of resources to match when the end-customers may need them – CWMS takes care of it for you.
However, the bottom line is the same as it has always been – you could deploy and manage Microsoft WVD all on your own, or you could harness CWMS and have all the legwork taken care of for you already.
As great as all that will be for Microsoft users, unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a bit longer – it won’t be available to the public until later this year.
Doubling Down on the Partner Channel
While the unveiling of WVD was exciting, this is all a part of a more significant validation for CloudJumper – namely, Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to engage with partners.
They are doubling down on their partner channel by working very hard to engage with partners and drive the message that they want to work with us. Instead of trying to be competitive (say, as with Citrix and their increasingly direct emulation of our own business model), Microsoft is making a real effort to work with companies like ours – and we’re excited about that.
Why? It means that our model of being channel only, focusing on CSPs, IT service providers and MSPs is absolutely the right path forward – after all, Microsoft is doing the same thing.
Beyond the news from Microsoft about WVD and their work with partners, the CloudJumper team in attendance enjoyed other aspects of Microsoft Ignite as well.
We really appreciated the chance to meet and talk with a number of industry leaders and old friends. It was great to spend some time with Christiaan Brinkhoff, cloud architect & evangelist at FSLogix; Jim Moyle, technical evangelist at FSLogix, Inc.; and Mike Nelson (a former CloudJumper staffer), master technologist at Rubrik.
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