Top 3 Windows Workloads for Microsoft Azure

Author: Brad Peterson

Publish on: Jun 1, 2017 5:00:00 AM

Knowing what you can (and can't) run on Microsoft Azure is half the battle. More importantly, which workloads running on Azure are likely to be the most revolutionary for your IT environment? In this article, we'll tell you the top 3 ways Workspot and Azure can change your world, enabling you to run Windows Desktops, address XenApp 6.5 end of life (EOL), and harness the power of GPU-accelerated technology. 

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1. Windows 10 VDI

Until recently, Legacy VDI 1.0 solutions were the only way to deliver Windows 7/10 virtual desktops to end users. These solutions have always been complex and can take months to deploy. Until very recently, you could not run Windows Desktop workloads in the public cloud. Here's what VDI 1.0 looks like:

the complexities of Citrix and VMWare

Figure 1: Legacy VDI 1.0 solutions are complex and outdated

However, in March 2017, Microsoft made Windows 10 desktop licensing available in Microsoft Azure. Workspot was ready for that day, so we stepped-in to deliver a portfolio of all-cloud solutions that combine the power of the Workspot cloud-native VDI control plane architecture with Windows 10 on Azure to deliver a solution that is 100x simpler than legacy solutions. 

Microsoft Azure with Workspot - insanely simple

Figure 2: Workspot all-cloud DaaS solution is unmatched in simplicity, performance and scalability

With Workspot Cloud Desktops, you can consume Windows 10 Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) from any Azure data center. You don't have to worry about upgrades, patching, reliability, and scalability. Our cloud-native, turnkey Cloud Desktops delivers it all.

how Workspot and Microsoft Azure work

Figure 3: Run workloads on Azure, on-prem or both - simultaneously

2. Migrate from XenApp 6.5 to Workspot Cloud Apps

Today, upwards of 150,000 customers are still running XenApp 6.5 - an outdated IMA architecture that is scheduled for EOL in 2018. These customers are looking for a migration strategy, as well as a future-proof solution they won't need to worry about in 5 years. Behold the complexity of legacy app publishing:

the XenApp structure

Figure 4: XenApp 6.5 EOL is looming; it's a great time to migrate to a modern solution

Organizations facing XenApp EOL have a few options, but only Workspot Cloud Apps provides an all-cloud, infinitely scalable, completely cloud-native solution for virtualizing Windows applications (and it can be up and running in a day!). For a fixed price per month, we deliver your Windows applications as a service. You don't have to deal with complexity anymore, and you don't have to worry about patching, upgrading, scalability, or availability. And you don't have to worry about the future.

RD Pools with Workspot and Microsoft Azure

Figure 5: Workspot Cloud Apps: Replace XenApp 6.5 with an architecture that scales infinitely

3. High Performance 3D Graphics Computing

Engineers and architects use the most expensive liquid cooled workstations to run advanced 3D applications like CATIA, Autocad, etc. Delivering the best user experience to these demanding users creates challenges for IT: 

  • Workstation GPUs are less powerful than data center GPUs. There are cooling limits to workstations on users' desks. These cooling limitations, in turn, limit the power of the GPU that can be run inside the workstations. However, when the GPUs are running in the datacenter, there are theoretically no limits to the power of the GPUs.
  • Size of models: All users cannot be in one location. This means that IT must synchronize models for users in different locations. They have to use WAN acceleration technologies to transfer large terabyte sized files between locations. This results in lost productivity because end users have to wait for large models to  move.

One solution to both these problems is to put the models and the workstations in the cloud: Workspot Cloud Workstations! That way, IT can leverage the most powerful workstations. Moreover, because models are co-located with the workstations, end users can access them rapidly. Remote access protocols can deliver a great user experience. If you're interested in how this works, go here. In case you're wondering whether this technology might work for you, check out our GPU use cases.

How can running these top 3 workloads on Azure impact your organization? We can help you find out. It's time to modernize your outdated legacy VDI solution with a cloud-native, multi-tenant solution that solves the cost and complexity problems of traditional solutions and provides the flexibility and scalability that are essential for your success. There's no reason to look back at the legacy vendors.  If you're new to VDI and app publishing, be sure to consider Workspot's innovative solutions for deploying these workloads on Azure, on-premises, or both! 

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