Azure Virtual Desktop with Intel

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Deploy and scale

Deploy and scale your Windows desktops with latest apps on Azure in minutes and get built-in security and compliance features using the latest Azure Dsv4 VMs powered by 2nd-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors. The Dsv4-series provides a good balance of memory, vCPU and include local SSD storage for most production workloads. It features an all-core Turbo clock speed of 3.4 GHz.

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Azure + Intel: A powerful alliance for your digital transformation 


Streamline and scale

With a purpose-built Intel infrastructure, run powerful applications and operate and migrate seamlessly - at your own pace using Azure’s platform.


Unlock new opportunities

Whatever your needs and hybrid strategy, together, Intel and Microsoft offer a wide range of options that enable you to leverage cutting-edge technologies and tools to evolve your business.


Innovate with confidence

Get leading-edge, built-in security—backed by experts— and proactive compliance trusted by enterprises, governments, and startups.


Drive business value and innovation with support from Microsoft Azure and Intel

Intel and Microsoft share a common goal for delivering state-of-the-art business solutions to customers around the world. Together, they continue to co-engineer around a shared vision to build consistent cloud solutions and services for all. Intel® Xeon® processors are the foundation of many Azure services and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings, from the Azure cloud extending into edge platforms.

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines powered by Intel

Azure virtual machines (VMs) powered by Intel Xeon processors have the largest breadth, global reach, and availability of compute instances across 58 regions and 124 countries tailored to meet your diverse computing needs. From deploying basic web applications to running SAP HANA in the cloud, you can trust that the underlying Intel foundation is optimized to provide strong data protection, fast processing of large data volumes, and service flexibility without a hit to performance. Migrating your applications to the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor-powered Azure VMs can improve your performance and productivity compared to using legacy on-premises infrastructure. Intel recommends always selecting the latest generation of Azure VMs featuring Intel Xeon Scalable processors for high performance, scalability, and security capabilities.

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Drive business value and innovation with support from Microsoft Azure and Intel

  • Intel Advanced Vector Extension 512 (Intel AVX-512), which offers accelerated application performance, up to 2x better than previous-generation technologies, enabling significant improvements in workload and data application speeds.
  • Intel Deep Learning Boost (Intel DL Boost) offers built-in AI acceleration, with up to 14x better inference performance on image classification in 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, compared to competing processors.*
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology accelerates processor and graphics performance for peak loads, automatically allowing processor cores to run faster than the rated operating frequency if they’re operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits.
  • Intel AES New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) improves upon the original Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithm to provide faster data protection and greater security. 

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VM Sizing for Multi-session Recommendations: User workload of less than 20 users*
We recommend at least two physical CPU cores per VM (typically four vCPUs with hyperthreading). For RAM 8 GB is the standard in virtual desktop environments. D2s_v3 could be a good start. 

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