What is Windows Virtual Desktop?
“Trustmarque helped us implement a novel VDI solution in Azure in just a few weeks by working in true partnership with an agile, collaborative approach and delivering a solution that many thought simply wasn’t possible.” Mike Press, Chief Technical Officer at Nottinghamshire Health Informatics Service (NHIS)
WVD is a desktop-as-a-service solution that allows users to securely access their organisation’s Windows desktop remotely via the Microsoft Azure cloud. It provides safe, secure and instant access to all the standard applications, services, data and collaboration points needed to continue working effectively remotely.
The demand for desktop-as-a-service solutions has risen particularly during the pandemic, as large segments of the workforce made the transition to home-based working.
During the initial outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK, Trustmarque helped to create a bespoke virtual desktop solution for the NHS to enable healthcare workers to continue working safely and securely from home. Trustmarque’s Virtual Desktops for Health gave professionals including GPs instant access to applications needed to run a remote clinic, issue prescriptions and manage referrals, appointments and more. The solution was nominated for a 2020 CRN Award for Covid-19 initiative.
Speaking at the time of the CRN Awards, Mike Press, Chief Technical Officer at Nottinghamshire Health Informatics Service (NHIS), which approached Trustmarque to develop Virtual Desktops for Health, said the solution went above and beyond expectations.
He commented: “When Covid-19 hit there were many new challenges and constant demands that put our IT staff and systems under pressure as never before. Having partners to turn to for immediate assistance was essential and Trustmarque was one of those who went beyond the call of duty with a fast, flexible response.
“They helped us implement a novel VDI solution in Azure in just a few weeks by working in true partnership with an agile, collaborative approach and delivering a solution that many thought simply wasn’t possible up in the cloud, given the complexity of NHS clinical systems.”
Other GPs using the WVD solution revealed how the system was intuitive, easy to use and provided a “practice in a box”.
However, it is not only healthcare organisations that are seeking out desktop-as-a-service solutions for their remote workforce. WVD is suitable and beneficial for any organisation looking to deploy a remote or agile working model now and in the future. Users gain a seamless experience, wherever they are based.