Lean IT is no longer a niche trend for small- and medium-sized businesses. The ability to significantly reduce IT management overhead is an excellent way to cut back on IT operational costs. One of the most effective ways to accomplish lean IT is to move to a modern desktop as a service (DaaS) model. In this article, we'll show why Anunta DesktopReady is a great choice for organizations looking to deploy virtualized desktops to employees that work both in and out of the office.
What is Anunta DesktopReady?
Anunta DesktopReady is a fully managed DaaS platform that greatly simplifies desktop setup and management. For those that aren’t aware, DaaS architectures use a public cloud resources to stream a desktop experience over the Internet to an end user. The streams happen in real time – and are efficient from a broadband throughput and latency perspective. From an end user point of view, a virtual desktop looks and functions identically to local desktop environments that they’re already used to. However, a DaaS-deployed virtual desktop allows users to run on low-powered hardware while also providing a highly-secure environment from a data loss and data theft perspective.
DesktopReady creates a digital workspace for users and delivers a high-quality desktop experience over the internet no matter where they are located. Anunta built DesktopReady on top of Microsoft's highly popular Azure cloud platform. Thus, DesktopReady customers can feel confident that they are using an enterprise-grade service that is reliable, scalable, and agile.
How do customers build and manage virtual desktops with Anunta DesktopReady?
Depending on the level of customization required, customers can select between two key desktop deployment models. The first option is to deploy virtualized multi-session Windows 10 desktops using a shared Azure subscription. A shared subscription means that Microsoft Active Directory (AD) and file systems are shared between customers at a physical hardware resource level. However, the desktops themselves remain fully secure and virtually segmented from other customers. To build a shared virtual desktop instance, customers simply login to the DesktopReady management portal, choose between light, medium and heavy virtual desktops from a performance perspective — then select which standard applications they want to deploy.
A second option is for customers to deploy virtual desktops on a dedicated Microsoft Azure subscription that includes a private AD structure and file system. Again, customers can select between virtual desktop performance options as well as the choice between multi-session or single-session desktops. With private desktops, customers also have greater flexibility when it comes to deploying custom images and applications. Finally, administrators of private desktops gain the ability to control their own licenses using the built-in Windows license management tool.
Depending on whether you choose to deploy shared or private desktops, the setup process can be fully self-service and automated — or assisted with the help of Anunta technical support. Automated self-service processes can include time consuming tasks such as desktop image verification checks, the creation and implementation of firewall rules and onboarding/offboard of users.
Keep in mind that DesktopReady automation benefits don’t stop once desktops are deployed. The advantages of a fully-managed virtual desktop service continue long after they’re in production. Once virtual desktops are built, customers can choose to automate other processes such as user profile and data migrations, the installation of printer drivers, the creation of security groups and recurring data backups for disaster recovery (DR) purposes.
For businesses that require a more personalized virtual desktop experience, Anunta can also assist customers who want to build and manage custom desktops and associated services/applications. This includes design consultation services, use-case verifications, virtual private network (VPN) setup assistance as well as help with deploying custom application and security tools. In most cases, businesses opt to automate what they can and seek Anunta’s professional assistance on an as-needed basis. Regardless, you can rest assure that you’re not alone if you require consultation help.
The time to start is now
According to Gartner research, the DaaS market is expected to grow at 44% CAGR through 2023. The primary reason for this incredible growth is due to the fact that savvy business leaders are becoming aware that they can deliver a virtual desktop experience that is powerful, scalable, and a breeze to manage. As workforces continue to become decentralized, cloud computing is being increasingly relied upon for application, service and data storage delivery purposes. One of the last pieces of the cloud computing puzzle is to transform outdated desktop deployment models with one that’s far more flexible and secure. The time to transition to DaaS is now. If interested, please reach out to us to learn more about what Anunta DesktopReady can do for you.