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Azure Virtual Desktop Deployments

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

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About

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.

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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 Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) solution in Microsoft Azure.


Virtual Desktop Service natively supports the Azure 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'.

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IT challenges

Business challenges

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High costs associated with manual configuration of individual workspaces.

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Compromised employee productivity and time-to-value.

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Lack of speed and agility when managing users, provisioning resources, or applying policy changes across desktop workspaces, especially if there are legacy environments.

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Inability to integrate virtual desktop data orchestration, resource allocation, and workload movement seamlessly.

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Complexity of managing the AVD solution stack across users, infrastructure, applications, devices, and Azure regions/subscriptions.

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Proliferation of endpoint devices creates complexity when synchronizing user real-time data, software, and applications.

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Scaling workloads across multiple global cloud environments to adapt for surges in virtual desktop users.

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Loss of productivity and capacity needed to support sudden increases in remote, contract, or seasonal workforce demands

Key use cases
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    Enable a new, more flexible workplace for a more virtual workforce.

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    Address mobile user and device proliferation.

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    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.

Simplified Azure Virtual Desktop deployment

Accelerate time to workforce productivity through rapid provisioning of workspaces that are synchronized with real-time data, software, and your applications.

Automated Azure Virtual Desktop management

Leverage virtual desktop data orchestration, resource allocation, and workload movement seamlessly across all users – no matter their location.

Optimize and scale Azure Virtual Desktop capacity

Scale workloads across multiple global cloud environments to adapt for desktop user surges leverage NetApp’s Cloud Data Services across the virtual desktop environment, all while reducing cloud infrastructure costs by up to 50%.

Features

  • Simplify User Management

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

  • Scale cloud resources

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

  • 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.

  • Automate workspace deployment

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

FAQ’s

  • General Questions
  • Technical Questions
  • What is NetApp’s Virtual Desktop Service (VDS)?

    VDS is a SaaS-delivered global control plane for virtual desktop management that functions as an extension of the cloud. With VDS, businesses anywhere in the world can deploy a validated solution to address today’s inefficiencies when managing legacy virtual desktop solutions.

  • What problems does VDS address?

    VDS makes virtual desktop provisioning and automation easy. It offers businesses anywhere in the world a validated solution to their biggest challenge in the virtual desktop deployment, management and optimization.

  • How does VDS solve these problems?

    VDS extends cloud capabilities by delivering a global control plane to manage virtual desktops through all phases of the desktop lifecycle. VDS can provision and deploy both users and infrastructure in an automated manner, and then manage the cloud, Windows, and application layers according to your policies. VDS is a flexible solution, with open REST APIs, and is interoperable with your private, public or hybrid cloud deployment strategy and your user’s chosen endpoint devices.

  • In what cloud environments can I use VDS?

    VDS supports Remote Desktop Services (RDS) on major public cloud environments including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform as well as on-premise HCI environments running the vSphere hypervisor. NetApp VDS also provides native support for Microsoft's Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) solution in Microsoft Azure.

  • Can VDS meet the requirements of my changing workforce?

    VDS meets the needs of today’s changing workforce in the following ways:

    • Reduce time, processes and costs due to manual on-premise configuration of individual workspaces
    • Mitigate risk of human errors in a business climate driven by the need for speed, agility and a rapidly changing workforce – that now includes contractors, seasonal and shift workers
    • Accelerate application provisioning by rapidly creating workspaces for employees, syncing with real-time data, and integrating with your public cloud of choice
    • Simple SaaS UI and open API interfaces reduce time to provision, scale, consolidate, suspend, power down, monitor and maintain digital unified workspaces.
    • Flexible interoperability with public or hybrid clouds.
  • What is NetApp’s Virtual Desktop Service (VDS)?

    VDS is a hosted global control plane, accessible as a SaaS solution – so you don’t need to ‘deploy’ it all. All that is required is credentials to the service, which allow you to deploy in your chosen cloud infrastructure or on-premise environments.

  • What problems does VDS address?

    NetApp hosts and manages VDS’s control plane software. It is managed as a SaaS solution to accelerate your deployment of virtual desktops by utilizing the cloud infrastructure of your choosing – whether public, private, or hybrid cloud models.

  • How does VDS solve these problems?

    VDS is inclusive of multiple, high availability PaaS elements to ensure consistent performance uptime and security from any location. And you have the comfort of knowing that NetApp is recognized for providing some of the most scalable cloud services in the industry, such as Azure NetApp Files and Cloud Volumes Service.

  • In what cloud environments can I use VDS?

    As a cloud-driven solution that is operable on your preferred cloud infrastructure, VDS can support an infinite number of end users and virtual desktops.

  • Can VDS meet the requirements of my changing workspace?

    The primary drivers of cost are compute, network, and storage resources. VDS provides the tools to “right-size” your existing IT infrastructure resources by adapting, in real-time, to virtual desktop consumption needs. VDS optimizes the cost and utilization of your current cloud resources to ensure that you achieve maximum performance at minimal cost.