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Simplify and Automate
Windows Virtual Desktops Deployments

NetApp’s Virtual Desktop Service allows you to deploy, manage, and optimize Windows Virtual Desktop environments through a SaaS-delivered global control plane.

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Businesses continue to embrace the movement of shifting their workforce productivity model primarily from a traditional desktop environment to cloud-driven virtual desktop solutions. Integrating virtual desktop solutions within Azure or hybrid environments have resulted in operational cost efficiencies with the flexibility to support desktops and software access regardless of where the user is physically located.


Why Virtual Desktop Service

NetApp makes virtual desktop provisioning and automation easy. NetApp’s Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) is a global control plane for virtual desktop management that functions as an extension of Azure. With Virtual Desktop Service, businesses anywhere in the world can deploy a validated solution to address the challenges and inefficiencies facing most organizations when managing legacy virtual desktop solutions.

Virtual Desktop Service supports Remote Desktop Services (RDS) on major public cloud environments including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform as well as on-premise environments. It also provides native support for Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) solution in Microsoft Azure.

Virtual Desktop Service natively supports the Windows Virtual Desktop service in Azure, as well as allowing you to support other Remote Desktop Service (RDS) based deployments in other environments - all from a 'single pane of glass'.


Why Virtual Desktop

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The Challenges

IT Challenges

  • ic-01-1 High costs associated with manual configuration of individual workspaces
  • ic-02-1 Lack of speed and agility when managing users, provisioning resource, or applying policy changes across desktop workspaces, especially if there are legacy environments
  • ic-03-1 Complexity of managing the WVD solutionstack across users, infrastructure, applications, devices, and Azure regions/subscriptions
  • ic-02 Scaling workloads across multiple global cloud environments to adapt for surges in virtual desktop users

Business Challenges

  • ic-01 Slows down employee productivity and time-to-value
  • ic-09 Inability to integrate virtual desktop data orchestration, resource allocation, and workload movement seamlessly
  • ic-05 Proliferation of endpoint devices creates complexity when synchronizing user real-time data, software, and applications
  • ic-08 Loss of productivity and capacity needed to support sudden increases in remote, contract, or seasonal workforce demands

Key Use Cases

Enable a new, more flexible workplace for a more virtual workforce

Address mobile user and
device proliferation

Adapt to seasonal, shift or
contract workers

The Solution: Virtual Desktop Service

Virtual Desktop Service is NetApp’s SaaS solution to automatically provision, deploy, manage, and optimize virtual desktops in Azure. It extends your 
cloud capabilities by delivering a global control plane to manage virtual desktops through all phases of the desktop lifecycle. Virtual Desktop Service is 
a flexible solution, with open REST APIs, that is interoperable with your virtual desktop environments globally.


  • ic-file-services-8 Simplify User Management

    Simplify and schedule software updates, data orchestration, resource allocaion, and workload movement centrally, seamlessly.

  • ic-fullstack-2 Scale Cloud Resources

    Automatically scale cloud infrastructure resources up or down to meet current or planned demand, and recapture overprovisioned resources.

  • ic-dashboard-2 Utilize Open REST APIs and SaaS

    Utilize open REST API and our simplified SaaS user interface to accelerate time to provision, scale, consolidate, suspend, power down virtual desktops centrally.

  • ic-dashboard-2 Automate Workspace Deployment

    Automate deployment of virtual workspaces for employees that syncs with real-time data, and integrates with your public cloud of choice.

  • ic-analytics-Aug-11-2020-04-11-46-08-AM Unify Applications Management

    Unify application management and runtime sessions that span user identity, server authentication, data files, databases, storage, profiles and user &/or departmental configurations according to policy.

  • ic-relationship-1 Integrate with NetApp Cloud Solutions

    Integrate VDS with the complete NetApp Cloud Data Services family with underlying high-performance shared storage, data protection and optimization and compliance

Customer Success Stories


Thanks to NetApp’s VDS, our teams are now more productive from their mobile devices. VDS simplifies the process with a powerful tool to manage and automate my Azure infrastructure. The transformation process was fantastic!