Azure Virtual Desktop vs Windows 365
Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a Desktop as a Service (DaaS) solution offered on Microsoft Azure, previously named Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) only offers multi-session capabilities. It allows organizations to provide virtual desktops to their users without implementing and managing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
There are many use cases for AVD, and it has had a lot of traction since its availability. The common use cases of AVD are to provide a secure working environment in highly regulated industries like finance & insurance, part-time employees, short term workers, BYOD scenarios and specialized workloads.
The heavyweight components of AVD infrastructure are managed by Microsoft. Still, it requires technical expertise to implement and manage AVD. It also requires supporting services like AD DS and storage to work.
AVD is billed as part of Azure subscription and billing is as per usage. This includes computing, storage, networking, and other components. Every user must be licensed with Windows Enterprise.
Windows 365 is Software as a Service (SaaS) offering from Microsoft, wherein you can provide cloud PCs to users without the overhead of managing any infrastructure. It provides dedicated cloud PCs to individual users. It is offered in two editions Business and Enterprise.
Windows 365 Business is for small-medium organizations or for personal use wherein users can have a PC running in the cloud with their data and apps. It provides basic management capabilities and users are an admin on their PCs.
Windows 365 Enterprises is for organizations who want to have fully managed cloud PCs for the users. It requires AD DS, Azure AD and Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM). Cloud PCs can be managed using MEM, Group Policies (GPO) and other organization tools.
Windows 365 is billed per cloud PC on a fixed monthly cost based on the configuration. Business edition doesn’t require any other license and supports a maximum of 300 users. Enterprise edition requires Windows Enterprise, Azure AD P1, MEM license and supports unlimited users.
With the advent of cloud computing, there are a lot of options for organizations of all sizes to choose from. We at Mismo Systems are consultants and can help you decide what’s best for your needs based on our industry knowledge and expensive experience. We help organizations implement these technologies and manage them for them.