Back at Ignite 2018, Microsoft announced Windows Virtual Desktop—delivering on their promise to allow enterprise IT to run multi-user Windows 10 virtual desktops on Azure. Since then, we’ve been working behind the scenes with Microsoft to develop an assessment that would enable our customers to identify which end-user computing workloads would be a good fit for this offering ever since the service first launched in a private preview.
Today, Microsoft announced they are expanding the Windows Virtual Desktop preview to the public, and together we are unveiling the public preview of our Windows Virtual Desktop assessment tool.
Is Windows Virtual Desktop Right for Your Organization?
Those of you who know us may already be familiar with our industry-leading assessments for VMware and Citrix workspace offerings. The goal of the SysTrack Windows Virtual Desktop assessment is to provide you with easy answers to the following questions:
- Which Windows workloads are a good fit for Windows Virtual Desktop transformation?
- What is the best configuration for Windows 10 multi-user to ensure consistent end-user experience?
- How many user workloads can you fit on each Windows 10 multi-user tenant?
- Which Windows 7 workloads can be migrated to Windows 10 multi-user?
- Which VDI workloads are a good fit for Azure-hosted Windows Virtual Desktops, and which are a better fit for on-prem VDI?
Once you’ve identified and transformed your workloads to Windows Virtual Desktops, SysTrack continues to provide value with our industry-leading digital experience monitoring capabilities, including Office 365 monitoring, as well as AIOps for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services. Our goal is to partner with you to easily deploy, monitor, scale your Windows desktops and apps quickly and easily through the power of Azure while providing excellent end-user experience.
Why Digital Experience Monitoring Is Ideal for Assessing WVD
Digital experience monitoring has become a new method for insight into end-user experience. Digital experience monitoring solutions do this by analyzing usage as well as performance data of IT resources end users interact with, from applications and services to hardware to network.
At Lakeside, we are believers that the desktop itself is the last remaining and most privileged point of view from which to perform this type of monitoring. This is because from the desktop, IT can understand not only how much resource an application is using but also how network is impacting user experience, which critical compute resources are running low and so much more. That is why we’re confident that SysTrack will be your tool of choice for assessing Windows Virtual Desktop readiness.
Digital Experience Monitoring for Windows Virtual Desktop
How Does SysTrack Windows Virtual Desktop Assessment Work?
SysTrack is a digital experience monitoring solution that works entirely in user mode without impacting desktop performance or end-user experience. Using our patented agent, we have designed SysTrack to gather data on everything that may be impacting users and their productivity, from CPU, RAM, and memory to how much resource any given application is using and other 10,000+ data points. To learn more about how SysTrack works, check out our white paper here.
Specifically as it pertains to the Windows Virtual Desktop assessment, our free tool is a cloud-based, self-service assessment that enables you to capture detailed metrics and data about your end-user environment to plan, optimize and deploy WVD. The agents can be rolled out very easily via any third-party distribution tool or through login script. Once the agents are deployed and have gathered data, a report is executed providing a detailed account on your environment. The data collected can also be accessed through dashboards made available to you during the 60-day assessment period. At the end of the assessment, if you are interested in conducting more monitoring of your environment for other projects, contact us and we can square you away. Right now, the SysTrack Windows Virtual Desktop Assessment is in public preview and if you are interested in the solution, you are welcome to check it out.
In anticipation of WVD's general availability later this year, we recorded a podcast episode with Ben Murphy, Lakeside's director of product integrations, who has been leading the development of our WVD assessment. The episode covers all things WVD: what it is, who the solution is right for, details of the Citrix and Samsung partnerships, how to get started with the public preview, how our assessment can help with WVD right-sizing, and how you'll be able to use SysTrack for ongoing WVD monitoring. You can listen in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you like to get your podcasts. If you find the episode helpful, let us know by leaving a review or connecting with us on Twitter, where we're happy to answer any lingering WVD questions you may have.
About Lakeside Software
Lakeside Software is a leader in digital experience monitoring. Through SysTrack, we help IT teams have clear visibility into their environments in order to design and support productive digital workplaces. Because of the breadth and depth of data captured by SysTrack, the solution is used by thousands of customers globally to not only assess new technologies like WVD but also perform workplace analytics, IT asset optimization, and AIOps. As a result, our customers can perform intelligent root cause analysis and proactive support, identify over or under-provisioning, track SLA performance, measure the success of a rollout, and so much more. If you are interested in learning more about Lakeside and SysTrack be sure to request a demo!
Tal Klein is the Chief Marketing Officer at Lakeside.