Americhip migrates workloads to Microsoft Azure WVD

Executive Summary

Client was facing issues with existing aging infrastructure. ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software no longer had vendor support and the modern Operating System did not support the use of the software. ERP software failed to integrate with modern applications causing users to take extra steps to troubleshoot and/or perform extra tasks. Aging ERP software posed security risks due to unsupported OS and software updates/patches. In addition, lack of vendor support maximized downtime and potential business disruption. ERP upgrade/cloud migration will integrate with modern OS and modern applications to enhance remote work and productivity while leveraging the benefits of cloud and WVD (Windows Virtual Desktop).

Options Considered

  • Upgrade Citrix hardware and hardware on-premise (servers, storage, switches, firewalls, backup appliances, etc.), upgrade software, and licenses.
  • Migrate applications and workflow to cloud. (Selected)

Benefits

  • Access core systems from everywhere
  • Simplified Management
  • Enhanced End to End Security
  • Optimized Costs
  • Scalability
  • Reliability

Return of Investment

  • Reduced costs in hardware, software, licenses, and management
  • Employee productivity and company efficiency
  • Security
  • Flexibility for on-premise and remote workers

Why WVD?

When it comes to evaluating the Windows Virtual Desktop solution for your workforce, there’s no doubt about it; the platform checks many key boxes, which we outline below.

Modern User Experience

WVD provides users access to their desktop from almost any device and provides the same Windows 10 experience across platforms without sacrificing valuable speed or performance. Users can work in their familiar WVD environment just like they would from their local laptops.

Simplified Management

The WVD platform shifts the responsibility of many traditional management responsibilities from your technical staff to Microsoft, freeing up significant time to focus on supporting other areas of your organizations. The platform also includes built-in troubleshooting and advanced diagnostic tools to quickly address errors and further simplify your infrastructure’s maintenance. Taking advantage of the WVD platform gives you the flexibility to manage users in the familiar Azure portal and minimizes the administrators’ learning curve when they make the switch.

Enhanced End-to-End security

Today, security is paramount, and WVD takes it seriously, allowing you to take advantage of Microsoft security capabilities like Azure encryption, Azure Firewall, Azure Security Center, and Microsoft Defender to secure your infrastructure and store your data safely. Within the platform, you can leverage other key security features like:

    • Secure user sign-on – multi-factor authentication
    • Role-based access protects data
    • User sessions are isolated – even in Windows 10 multi-session
Optimized Costs

Whether you currently have on-premises infrastructure and hardware or you’re already leveraging cloud resources, WVD provides a potential for savings. Multi-session Windows significantly reduces compute costs if you’re utilizing cloud infrastructure. When it comes to licensing, you can bring your existing licenses with you and take advantage of Windows 10 licensing that may already be included in your Microsoft 365 subscription.


Whether you’re leveraging Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or maintaining on-premises hardware, Windows Virtual Desktop can also offer maintenance labor savings. Additionally, WVDs also present the opportunity to shift towards Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to save costs without sacrificing security.

Does it make sense for my company?

Once you understand the WVD platform and the benefits it has to offer, it’s important to evaluate it against your specific business circumstances, needs, and goals. Consider the following when deciding if the WVD platform is right for you.

Existing On-Premises Virtualization

If you’re already working in a virtualized environment, moving to Windows Virtual Desktop might be a better solution. Migrating your workloads to the cloud creates a potential for not only simplified management and flexibility, but also cost savings over time. If you’re considering an upgrade to your current virtual infrastructure, taking the time to compare that upgrade with moving to a modernized WVD solution could provide you with a better set of options when it comes to your IT investment.

Benefits for Remote & Mobile Employees

With 58% of the workforce working from home some or all of the time, remote work seems to be here to stay. As a result of the pandemic, many organizations moved to remote work out of necessity, without the opportunity to fully evaluate their options. Now that remote work is the new normal, it’s worth evaluating options to find the best solution for your organization moving forward. WVD allows employees to work on company hardware or directly from their own devices (BYOD) without compromising security. They also provide an easy to implement and maintain desktop solution for call centers and branch workers.

Elastic Workforce Solutions

Maybe it doesn’t make sense for your organization to use WVD across your entire environment. Regardless, there may be situations where WVD will be a better solution than making hardware investments. If you’re facing any of the below scenarios, WVD could be the best short-term solution to meet your need while remaining secure and maintaining the control you require.

    • Mergers and acquisition
    • Short-term employees
    • Contractor and partner access
Security & Regulatory Concerns

Certain industries face significant security, regulatory, and compliance concerns. WVD allows you to leverage Azure’s built-in security and compliance features to ensure your data is handled appropriately, whether you in financial services, healthcare, government, or other highly regulated industries.