We are proud to confirm that Trustmarque has once again been named as a Microsoft Advanced Specialisation Partner for the newest category, Windows Virtual Desktop.
Trustmarque now holds advanced specialisation status for both Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) as well as for Windows and SQL Server Migration, strengthening our position as the UK’s market-leading partner for Microsoft Azure.
The advanced specialisation is awarded to partners with an existing Microsoft Gold Platform competency who can further demonstrate certain criteria that proves both technical competence and a deep knowledge of the specialist topic area.
According to Microsoft, the Windows Virtual Desktop Advanced Specialisation is testament to a partner’s ability to “differentiate their remote working expertise” and customer value proposition.
On Microsoft’s dedicated partner blog Dan Truax, General Manager of Partner Digital Experiences and Programs, writes: “Our newest advanced specialisation will showcase [a partner’s] experience with implementing Windows Virtual Desktop, including deploying, optimising, and securing virtual desktop infrastructure on Azure. This will ensure [partners] are prepared to meet the needs of customers as they continue to evolve their remote work approach.”
This latest recognition reinforces Trustmarque’s offering in Azure Migration Services, which has seen us design, migrate and deploy hundreds of workloads and applications for customers in both the public and enterprise sectors.
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.
Exploring your options in Azure? Talk to us
Whether you’re new to Azure and need support shaping your migration roadmap or you’d like to get the most from your cloud-based apps and services post-migration, we can help you. Our experienced Cloud Architects can provide the Microsoft Azure expertise needed to accelerate your adoption, migration and success.
To find out more visit the Azure Migration Services webpage or talk to your Account Manager. You can also find out more about Trustmarque’s Virtual Desktops for Health on the dedicated webpage.
By Katherine Murphy, content enthusiast