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Windows 10 Multi-Session Is Now in Azure
Microsoft has finally released the public preview of Windows Virtual Desktop. Before you make a large end-user computing investment, give it a try.
Windows Virtual Desktop is a service that supports Windows 10 multi-session, Windows 10 single-session, Windows 7 single-session, and Windows Server on Azure. Julia White, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Azure, and Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, announced the public preview release on March 21, 2019, as well as special integrations with Citrix Cloud and Samsung DeX.
According to Microsoft, it is “the only service that delivers simplified management, a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps.”
Windows Virtual Desktops can be accessed via a downloadable client for PCs, via these browsers on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS (but not on Android or iOS), and via Citrix Workspace. You can find Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop documentation on Microsoft Docs.
Windows 10 can already be run as a virtual desktop in your own data center or in Amazon WorkSpaces. So, why would you use Windows Virtual Desktop as opposed to Windows 10 VMs running on VMware servers or in AWS? Some of the benefits are:
- Simplified Windows 10 cloud-based VDI environment
- Improved capabilities with Citrix Cloud
- Multi-session capabilities
- Office 365 ProPlus “optimizations”
- Licensing everything through Microsoft (and potentially Citrix)
- An opex model for end-user computing.
If you need to upgrade your VDI data center soon, Windows Virtual Desktop offers a simplified opex alternative.
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Google has announced a premium support plan for its cloud customers, promising a 15-minute response to the highest severity tickets. Google’s cloud has long struggled with enterprise customers – especially when compared to giants Microsoft and AWS – and this announcement is the latest incarnation of Google’s push to better serve a critical constituency.
Microsoft Announces Expansion of Azure Canadian Infrastructure, Offers Data Residency and High Availability
In January, Microsoft announced what it’s calling “the largest expansion of its Canadian-based cloud computing infrastructure” since 2016. Additional availability zones and services will increase capacity for cloud-hungry Canadians, and the addition of an Azure ExpressRoute site in Vancouver will guarantee security and performance in a regulated jurisdiction.
Microsoft’s announcement that server-side encryption with customer managed keys for Azure Managed Disks is now available is welcome news for security-minded public cloud customers. Managing one’s own keys in a cloud environment can be an important step in complying with regulatory requirements, and this new feature should open Azure Managed Disks to a wider group of customers who may have held back for this reason.
ServiceNow’s Orlando release introduced Now Intelligence, a set of features that strengthen ServiceNow’s lead in the AI-powered IT service management (ITSM) and digital transformation space.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has provided its customers with better options for Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) ingress routing. Customers will have to consider which works best for their needs.
AWS VPC Traffic Mirroring gives customers more visibility for out-of-band traffic inspection. This feature is another useful tool for monitoring in the AWS cloud.
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Organizations have been running into capacity constraints on cloud infrastructure in regions with enforced social distancing due to COVID-19. Having a back-up plan will be critical to your business continuity plans.
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