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WVD: It’s the Solution We’ve Been Waiting for


I think it’s safe to say that there’s a distinct industry trend of a mass migration to the cloud. And I’ll argue the inflection point – the “big boom” of the cloud industry – was actually all the way back in 2011, with Microsoft’s release of cloud-based Office 365.

Nearly 8 years later, Office 365 commercial has more than 180 million users. This represents an increase of more than 4 million users each month since that stat was last reported in November 2018. So, let’s call it like it is. “The cloud” is an overwhelming, powerful, all-consuming force – the tech industry juggernaut.

Which is why the market is so ready for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). For years, companies have been starved for choices in how they deploy virtual desktops, with very few vendors and solutions to choose from. Organizations that wanted to harness the benefits of a cloud-based workspace solution had only one or two paths to take. With WVD, managed by our Cloud Workspace Management Suite (CWMS), however, we finally have the solution we’ve been looking for. A solution that’s completely secure, intuitive and backed by the full power of Microsoft and Azure. At CloudJumper, we believe wholeheartedly that WVD and CWMS are 100% the future.

(Read our primer on WVD and CWMS here.)  (See a demo of CWMS here.)

But why?

      • OpeX vs CapEx. WVD + CWMS is cost-effective, scalable and allows organizations to move from a CapEx model to an OpEx model. Instead of having to invest tons of cash up-front for hardware, software and IT infrastructure, OpEx means being able to budget monthly. It’s cost-effective – for deployment and for upkeep, as upgrades are released automatically. And, from the IT Director’s standpoint, OpEx removes the harrowing task of begging for money from the executive team. The cloud is just another monthly, pre-approved transaction within the finance department.
      • WVD + CWMS is mobile. Organizations are moving toward a decentralized corporate model where employees work remotely. Some of the biggest line items in a company’s budget are for real estate and utilities, which can be reduced or even eliminated because desktops and applications can be accessed anywhere, from any device, at any time.
      • Security. WVD + CWMS is inherently more secure that on-prem solutions. It’s a highly controlled environment, following a least privileged methodology with the built-in controls and compliance features Azure is known for. We’ve talked extensively about this at CloudJumper: here, here and here, because security is just about always the number one concern of companies looking toward the cloud.

And more about security… This is NOT something to be taken lightly; no one knows how bad a security breach is until it happens to them. I recently worked with a healthcare organization in Western Pennsylvania, and just like something from a 1990s movie about hackers, someone opened an email with a virus. Next thing they know, the HR and AP systems – which weren’t cloud-based – are down for the count. We can laugh at the antiquated scene of people running around the office, yanking PC power cords out of the wall to stop the spread of the virus – but that’s exactly what happened… only a year ago. (P.S. After this incident, the organization promptly moved its on-prem infrastructure to the cloud.)

It’s not just healthcare industry, or finance, or some other industry we think of when we talk about the importance of secure data – it’s every industry. Once you have a breach, you might just find your company spending millions to recreate literally everything!  Or, paying a ransomware fee of 6, 7, 8 digits. No fun, no matter what! Microsoft has invested millions to ensure that Azure and WVD prevent scenes like that.

But one of the biggest differentiators of WVD and CWMS over previous virtual desktop solutions, in my opinion, is Microsoft’s and CloudJumper’s shared commitment to enterprise-side technology integration. In fact, as of the publishing of this blog, we’re here at Microsoft Ignite, the premier gathering of IT and security professionals, developers and partners, where we’re putting the power of partnerships created within the Microsoft ecosystem on full display. Stop by our booth #2041, to see a demo with CWMS and IGEL, provider of the next-gen edge OS for cloud workspaces. Head over to NetApp’s booth to see CWMS interact with Azure NetApp Files, their file storage service.

(Read about our partnership with IGEL here.)

With WVD, companies can have multiple technologies and solutions working together harmoniously to create the best, most secure user experience possible. I see this only increasing in the future. Companies use many different cloud-based and homegrown applications – think of the systems in place for ERP, CRM and AP workflows, just to name a few. Bringing them into WVD and CWMS creates a seamless enterprise management suite for these and their more everyday applications. In effect, it’s a single point of entry for all of a user’s applications – everything running together securely and smoothly up in the cloud.

To me, that’s the future, and it is today. And CloudJumper, along with WVD, take you there.

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