Windows Virtual Desktop doesn't limit enterprises to Microsoft for VDI

Techrepublic | October 08, 2019

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) takes the infrastructure out of VDI without requiring enterprises to switch away from other vendors' management tools that they're comfortable with, and extends virtualisation beyond current niche use cases. Lots of enterprises want VDI without the burden of running their own infrastructure, says Microsoft 365 corporate vice president Brad Anderson. "They're saying 'hey, we want out of the business of having to build this infrastructure, we want to do it all from cloud'. And they would prefer to do it from Microsoft's Cloud because then they have the builder of the operating system, the builder of the tool, the builder of the cloud all in one stack and it's just far more simple for them.

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As the information technology deeply changes our daily life, digital reshaping will penetrate into all industries. The communication industry has undergone several leaps and reforms during the past decades. From dial-up Internet access to FTTH and from GSM/TD-SCDMA/Wimax to LTE, information pipes have undergone radical changes, and the IT cloudification technology is reshaping CT and OT industries. The architecture of both the wireless network and wired network has been evolving into C/U separation and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) to cope with all challenges brought by industrial digital transformation and industrial structure upgrade. In the predictable future, the integration at the infrastructure layer is imperative.


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3Cloud LLC | September 13, 2022

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Healthcare systems must always balance the delivery of care with operational efficiency. Clinical outcomes, revenue cycle management, progressive research, and administrative efficiency compete for attention. 3Cloud helps providers create modern data platforms to improve revenue cycle analytics, supply chain management, nurse schedules, reimbursement rates and more to ensure that their internal operations run smoothly and effectively. Insurers often have a large variety of sources and levels of complexity when it comes to data. A leading U.S. healthcare payor whose tens of thousands of employees serve millions of members is working to transform their business by embracing a nimble, elastic modern data architecture. 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Imprivata | November 03, 2022

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Verge.io | September 14, 2022

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Verge.io | October 13, 2022

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As the information technology deeply changes our daily life, digital reshaping will penetrate into all industries. The communication industry has undergone several leaps and reforms during the past decades. From dial-up Internet access to FTTH and from GSM/TD-SCDMA/Wimax to LTE, information pipes have undergone radical changes, and the IT cloudification technology is reshaping CT and OT industries. The architecture of both the wireless network and wired network has been evolving into C/U separation and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) to cope with all challenges brought by industrial digital transformation and industrial structure upgrade. In the predictable future, the integration at the infrastructure layer is imperative.

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