Empower Remote Users with Azure Virtual Desktop

EBLA helps you Empowering Remote Users with Azure Virtual Desktop 

EBLA’s proficiency in Azure Virtual Desktop is unparalleled. Our experts have been engaged since the inception and private previews of AVD and its predecessors. Consequently, we possess the necessary resources to expedite your onboarding process effortlessly: consultancy, scripts, templates, and a wealth of knowledge.

To compete in the modern economy, businesses require a versatile workforce equipped with access to essential tools and resources, irrespective of their location. Introducing Azure Virtual Desktop, empowering employees to seamlessly connect to their work environment from anywhere.

When reflecting on traditional Remote Desktop Services (RDS) deployments, terms such as costly and complex often surface. The user experience within conventional RDS setups tends to be subpar, with users encountering sluggish desktop performance.

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), formerly known as Windows Virtual Desktop, revolutionizes the landscape of desktop and app virtualization services offered by Microsoft Azure. Empowering organizations to enable remote users, AVD facilitates access to virtualized desktop environments from any location and device. Much like scaling enterprise web-based applications for employees and customers, AVD enables swift deployment of desktops with seamless scalability.

Azure Virtual Desktop allows you to:

  1. Provision and manage virtual machines (VMs) in the cloud to host desktop environments for users.
  2. Enable secure remote work from any location with an internet connection.
  3. Deliver a hybrid environment, seamlessly integrating cloud and on-premises resources (with exceptions).
  4. Provide a modern, consistent, and secure Windows 11 user experience.
  5. Dynamically scale resources by automatically provisioning additional virtual machines (VMs) to meet increased demand, and scale back down during low-demand periods.
  6. Facilitate multi-user access to shared desktop virtual machines concurrently.
  7. Ensure continuity and productivity with the same experience as having Windows 11 on employees PC.
  8. Leverage Office 365 tools such as OneDrive and Outlook seamlessly within the virtual desktop environment.

 

 

Azure Virtual Desktop makes sense for you when:

  1. Remote access needs to be provisioned within days, not weeks, to mitigate the escalating financial impact on businesses.
  2. You’re already using Microsoft 365 or Windows 10-11 Enterprise. Licensing requirements here.
  3. The remote access solution should be temporary and incur no permanent costs.
  4. Remote desktop in place is slow, and user experience is subpar.
  5. A distributed workforce needs to access confidential files and use LOB apps on unmanaged devices.
  6. The current remote desktop solution isn’t meeting security standards.
  7. You are in a regulated industry and need to meet strict compliance requirements
  8. You need to reduce the number of VMs in your environment.

AVD Features

  1. Deliver Windows 10-11 desktops and applications running in Azure.
  2. Accessible from Any Web-Enabled Device
  3. Multi-Session Windows 10-11 experience
  4. Facilitates Workforce Flexibility
  5. Typically, a short-term, 2 week high-value engagement
  6. Core Build with Office 365 and Custom Apps
  7. Discovery Evaluation.

AVD Benefits

  1. Desktops available independent of location
  2. Facilitates Workforce Flexibility
  3. Pay only for compute consumed resources – [Compute, storage, and network]
  4. Simplified Licensing model
  5. Centralized administration of desktops
  6. Secure authentication with Azure AD
  7. Multi-factor authentication
  8. Fully Scalable Access to Windows Desktops and Applications

 

How does Azure Virtual Desktop meet key business requirements?

  1. No Additional Per-User Licensing Costs: Similar to WVD, AVD does not require additional per-user licensing such as Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access Licenses (CALs) or Windows Server licenses. This simplifies licensing and reduces costs for organizations, making AVD appealing to price-conscious businesses.
  2. Predictable Compute Costs: While AVD does not incur additional per-user licensing costs, organizations are responsible for paying for the compute resources required to run virtual machines within Azure. However, Azure’s pay-as-you-go pricing model allows organizations to predict and control compute costs based on usage patterns and resource requirements.
  3. Licensing Requirements: Each user accessing the AVD environment must have a valid Microsoft 365 license or Windows 10 Enterprise E3 license. This ensures compliance with Microsoft’s licensing terms and provides users with access to necessary features and services.
  4. Cost Control for Large Organizations: AVD helps limit ballooning costs for large organizations with significant user bases by eliminating additional per-user licensing costs. This ensures predictable and manageable expenses, even as the user base grows.