VDS_logoVirtual Desktop Service

Simplify and automate
virtual desktops in Google Cloud

NetApp’s Virtual Desktop Service allows you to deploy, manage, and optimize virtual desktop environments in Google Cloud Platform 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 the private cloud, public cloud or hybrid environment 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 in the Google Cloud fast and easy through machine logic and full automation. NetApp’s Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) is a global control plane for virtual desktop management that functions as an extension of your Google Cloud management toolset.

With the automated deployment capabilities of VDS, businesses can avoid the challenges and inefficiencies facing most organizations when constructing VDI environments, especially in multiple regions around the world.

VDS not only automates VDI deployment but provides ongoing management of industry-standard Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS) deployments in your Google Cloud Platform environments regardless of region or subscription, including the application stack.

VDS provides you a ‘single pane of glass’ to manage your complete VDI environments, including legacy on-premise VDI thereby allowing easy migration to the Google Cloud.

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IT challenges

Business challenges


High costs associated with manual configuration of individual workspaces.


Compromised employee productivity and time-to-value.


Lack of speed and agility when managing users, provisioning resources, or applying policy changes across desktop workspaces.


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


Complexity of managing the VDI solution stack across users, infrastructure, applications, and devices.


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.


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 Google Cloud Platform. It extends your Google Cloud VDI 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 private, public or hybrid cloud deployment strategy and your user’s chosen endpoint devices.

Simplified 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 virtual desktop management

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

Optimize and scale virtual desktop capacity

Scale workloads across multiple regions and projects, anwhere in the world, from a single console. Adapt to user surges and other workload shifts by leveraging NetApp’s Cloud Data Services across the entire virtual desktop environment, all while reducing cloud infrastructure costs by up to 50%.


  • Automate workspace deployment

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

  • Simplify user management

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

  • 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.

  • Utilize open REST APIs and SaaS

    Utilize open REST API and our simplified SaaS user interface to accelerate time to provision, manage, update, and even power down virtual desktops centrally.

  • Scale cloud resources

    Automatically scale cloud infrastructure resources up or down to meet current or planned demand, and recapture overprovisioned resources to save up to 50% on your cloud spend.

  • 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.


  • 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 Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) 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 are the hardware and software requirements to deploy 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.

  • Where do I deploy VDS?

    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 scale?

    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.

  • How many virtual desktops can VDS deploy and manage

    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.

  • What does it cost to run virtual desktops in the public cloud environment with VDS?

    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.