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Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)

What is Windows Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD)? 

AVD is a comprehensive desktop and application virtualization service managed by Microsoft and hosted in the Azure cloud. It delivers simplified management with multi-session Windows 10 and Windows 11 support.

AVD is optimized for flexibility and enables organizations to deliver a virtual desktop experience and remote apps to any device.

AVD addresses a broad range of needs including business continuity and Work-From home initiatives. Organizations with the following use cases are ideal for AVD services:

 

Security and Regulation

  • Financial services
  • Healthcare
  • Government

Flexible Workforce

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Short-term employees
  • Contractor and partner access
  • Call centers
  • Branch office or remote workers

 

What is Windows 365 Cloud PC ?

Windows 365 is built on Azure Virtual Desktop, but it simplifies the virtualization experience—handling all the details for you based on a predictable per-user pricing.

Windows 365 Cloud PC is optimized for simplicity. You can choose the size of the Cloud PC that best meets your needs with per user per month pricing. Organizations have two edition options that include a complete cloud-based offering with multiple Cloud PC configurations based on performance needs: Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise. Windows 365 is idea for SMB organizations typically without a dedicated IT department.

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) vs. Windows 365 Cloud PC

Azure Virtual Desktop

A flexible cloud virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform hosted by Microsoft that securely delivers virtual desktops and remote apps with maximum control.

  • Windows 10 and Windows 11 personalized and multi-session desktops and remote app streaming
  • Full control over management and deployment
  • Flexible consumption-based pricing

Windows 365

A complete software-as-service (SaaS) solution provided by Microsoft that securely streams your personalized Windows experience – all your apps, content and settings - to any device

  • Windows 10 and Windows 11 personalized desktops
  • Management and deployment with familiar desktop tools and skills
  • Predictable per-user pricing

NComputing LEAF OS and RX-series endpoints are best-in-class solutions for AVD and Windows 365

 

LeafOS on laptops

LEAF OS

LEAF OS by NComputing is a small Linux-based operating system. It enables users to access AVD and WIndows 365 using their personal computers, including out-of-date x86-64 PCs and laptops. Deployable in two different configurations, LEAF OS gives you both permanent and temporary access. First, it can be installed directly on a hard drive converting the host computer into a powerful thin client. Alternatively LEAF OS can be run from a USB drive. For more information have a look at the LEAF OS page.

LEAF OS on USB

NComputing delivers secure, affordable, and high-performance endpoint solutions designed for AVD and WIndows 365, powered by Raspberry Pi.

The RX-series thin clients, powered by the latest Raspberry Pi 4, delivers a rich PC-like experience in a tiny, energy-saving device. The simple-to-deploy and centrally managed cloud-ready thin clients extend the affordability of AVD and Windows 365 deployments.

PMC for AVD

Whether you need dual-display support or just a single display, access to AVD and Windows 365 is simple and straight-forward. Mounted to the back of a display, or sitting on a desk or table, the RX-series thin clients’ small foot-print allows flexible deployments in cramped quarters, manufacturing or point-of-sale locations, and other use cases like work-from-home. 

THE BENEFITS OF USING NCOMPUTING THIN CLIENT SOLUTIONS FOR AVD AND WINDOWS 365

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Verified AVD Solution

NComputing is an official Microsoft AVD and WIndows 365 partner for integrated Linux thin client solutions verified by Microsoft and powered by Raspberry Pi. Our optimized and verified thin clients raise the bar. More information on our compatible products is available on the Azure Marketplace.

 

Dual monitor capability

Simple, Powerful, Affordable

NComputing has 20 years of expertise in desktop virtualization and we are the worldwide leading provider of Linux thin client solutions. We've been using ARM-based devices as the basis for our most recent thin clients. The Raspberry Pi 4 brings premium performance characteristics and native dual display support to remote computing. Optimized for Microsoft AVD, Windows 365 and Microsoft RDS, the RX420(RDP) thin client in particular offers a rich PC-like experience in an affordable, energy-saving device that literally fits in the palm of your hand.

 

Securely built on Linux

More Secure

The LEAF OS software endpoint solution and RX-series thin clients are built based on a read-only, minimally sized Linux platform. Only the required thin client functionality is locally loaded. The fully locked-down Linux platform is secure, protecting users against 3rd party applications and common threats.

 

Cost

Lower total cost of ownership

LEAF OS and RX-series thin clients lower the overall cost of ownership needed to adopt AVD and Windows 365. LEAF OS software endpoint delivers a secure workspace for working-from-home devices and extends the life of aging PCs & laptops by repurposing them into high-performing Linux endpoints. For organizations looking to refresh or acquire new endpoint devices, RX-series thin clients are a fraction of the cost compared to traditional PCs and laptops and deliver a PC-like performance. Centralized device management, minimal moving parts, and no local data concerns help slash ongoing device maintenance and security expenses.

 

Transparent USB Redirection

Broad USB peripheral compactibility

With integrated transparent USB redirection, LEAF OS, RX420(RDP) and RX-RDP+ utilize device drivers from the server side to provide extensive peripheral support including webcams (video conferencing), printers, mass storage, smart card readers & security keys, and audio devices.

Endpoints for Microsoft AVD

FAQ

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