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How Azure Virtual Desktop can transform your business

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Technology is playing a key role in the rapid transformation of organisations worldwide. Businesses can become more flexible by leveraging powerful new virtual technologies and their ability to transform the post-COVID workplace.

One of the best ways of helping your business prosper is by utilising Azure Virtual Desktop — one of the most versatile tools any business has. Desktop virtualisation is a powerful tool that can help within a multitude of different parts of your organisation, and Microsoft’s Azure provides the best virtual desktop tools out there.

In this article, we’re going to go over the ins and outs of Azure Virtual Desktop, as well as how you can utilise Azure Virtual Desktop within your organisation. We’ll also take a look at some of the benefits of using it in 2024.

What is Azure Virtual Desktop?

Azure Virtual Desktop is a cloud-based desktop virtualisation service that lets users access a virtual Windows desktop hosted within the Azure cloud. This lets businesses take advantage of the many benefits of the cloud for virtualisation, while also providing a great way to enable remote working in a reliable and cost-efficient manner.

Full Desktop Virtualisation

Microsoft Azure gives you access to full desktop virtualisation, meaning that you can essentially access your own virtual Windows desktop in the cloud. This means that you can easily access your desktop from anywhere, which is vital in the post-COVID remote world. 

By utilising Azure Virtual Desktop to run desktops within your whole organisation, you can move your entire organisation’s desktop system to the cloud, which can help you save costs on hardware and resources to ensure everyone has their own accessible systems — and turn that into an operational expenditure.

There are a ton of other benefits too —

  • Security: By using desktop virtualisation, you can keep environments isolated from one another. This will protect you from malware and data breaches.
  • Recovery: Due to the way that desktop virtualisation functions, user data recovery is much easier in the event of hardware failure or anything else that could cause an issue for users.
  • Legacy Applications: Desktop virtualisation lets older applications that might not work on newer operating systems work freely within a virtualised environment, meaning that you can still use tools that might be essential but outdated.

Remote App Streaming

Using Azure Virtual Desktop, you can take advantage of remote app streaming. This allows you to run applications from the cloud, which comes with a host of benefits —

  • Processing Power: When utilising Azure Virtual Desktop for remote app streaming, the processing takes place on the server side rather than the client side, meaning that you can take advantage of the powerful systems provided in the Azure ecosystem.
  • Convenient Access: By utilising the cloud, you can ensure that important applications are accessible anywhere, meaning that you can even use them on mobile devices. This will further allow your organisation to remain flexible and versatile in the modern world.

Benefits of Azure Virtual Desktop in 2024

A virtual desktop is a powerful tool that any organisation should look to use. But, what makes Azure Virtual Desktop so great?

Cost

Utilising Azure Virtual Desktop for your organisation’s desktop virtualisation needs lets you take advantage of the cloud, meaning that you don’t have to spend capital expenditure on central server hardware and all of the maintenance that comes with maintaining a server that can host desktop virtualisation.

All of that cost simply becomes an operational expenditure that you’ll need to pay as a fee to your service provider, which is a lot easier and works out cheaper than having to pay for all of that hardware and having to replace it as time goes on.

Scalability

As your business grows, you’ll need to grow your IT infrastructure with it. The cloud fully enables desktop virtualisation scaling, which will let you grow your implementation with your organisation.

Scaling up physical server hardware is a pain, and so the fact that Azure Virtual Desktop makes it so easy to scale — in a few clicks — is a massive benefit. But, Azure Virtual Desktop has autoscaling, which means that it’ll scale to match your needs automatically to save you money and resources.

Operating System

Azure Virtual Desktop is directly equipped with Microsoft Windows, meaning that it gives you access to Windows 10 and 11 on any device worldwide — including MacOS, Android, and iOS devices. 

With this, you can further facilitate remote working as your employees can access their desktops no matter what the device they have at home is.

Powerful Hardware

Azure Virtual Desktop gives you access to some of the most powerful hardware available to a business. Therefore, if you have tools that require lots of hardware power and you don’t want to invest in all of that hardware, Azure Virtual Desktop is a great solution.

Using remote app streaming, you can simply run the app on a virtual desktop, meaning that you can take advantage of the high-performance hardware that the Azure system runs on.

This is great for organisations that rely on demanding applications such as 3D Modelling and Rendering applications, graphic design applications, CAD applications, and any other hardware-intensive tools that you might need to use.

How We Can Help

Azure Virtual Desktop is a tool that any organisation can use to boost their organisation’s flexibility, power, and productivity. With Azure Virtual Desktop, desktop virtualisation becomes easier than ever and can be used in so many different ways. 

The Azure cloud network only helps here, as it lets you ensure that you have reliable access to your desktops as well as great hardware to beagle to run your virtual desktops on.

If you’re looking to get started with Azure Virtual Desktop but don’t know where to begin, reach out to us today. Our experts will be able to help you get started and will provide a helping hand throughout the entire process of integrating Azure Virtual Desktop into your organisation.

Get in touch with us now and see how we can help.