With Azure WVD, the infrastructure and management components of a traditional on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) disappears into the cloud—just like a dinosaur-shaped cloud merges back into indescribable formations on the backdrop of the beautiful blue sky on a sunny day. (Read my post on Windows Server/SQL Server end life for more dinosaur metaphors.) Thanks to this merging, Microsoft is taking back critical components of a traditional VDI, such as brokering, load-balancing, compute, storage, and diagnostics, from your plate—which will let your precious IT talent focus on other strategic areas with growth potential.
Hosting your desktops on Azure also means you get Azure’s state-of-the-art security features. Microsoft claims that Azure is considered as the most secure public cloud platform, and Azure WVD provides the best DaaS security model for customers.
With Azure WVD, users can only access the virtual machines by going through the Azure Active Directory authentication system. This means companies can use multifactor authentication and conditional access according to their needs and depending on the employee profile. Also, Azure uses reverse connect technology that lets you run a virtual machine (VM) without keeping any inbound ports open. This means that the VMs on Azure WVD are not exposed to the Internet directly.
Windows 10 Multisession
Unlike the traditional RDI, Azure WVD allows multiple sessions on a VM of Windows 10. This means that an organization can have multiple users access the same virtual machine while reducing costs on maintaining multiple VM licenses. Also, these sessions are isolated from each other, which gives higher security and privacy.
FSLogix Profile Containers
The FSLogix piece solidifies my above point about the superior Windows 10 and Office experience on Azure WVD. Microsoft acquired FSLogix a few years back and integrated its profile container technology into its Azure and Microsoft 365 ecosystems. With FSLogix profile container technology integrated to Azure WVD, Microsoft has revolutionized the way the end user experience works in non-persistent virtual machine sessions. An Azure WVD user profile will follow a user even if they do not use the same virtual machine session every time that they access the Azure WVD Virtual machines.
The integration of FSLogix containers also significantly impacts how your Microsoft Apps and OneDrive experience work with Azure WVD. FSLogix with Azure WVD can provide you the most productive Microsoft Apps (formerly Office 365 ProPlus) experience. The FSLogix technology on Azure WVD also allows OneDrive sync when the user roams through non-persistent sessions.