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Is Azure AVD Right for Your Business?

In today's business environment, more and more companies are looking to move their operations to the cloud. There are many reasons for this shift, but one of the most common is the need to be cost-effective and be able to scale quickly and easily. The cloud-based infrastructure allows businesses to do just that, and Azure AVD is one of the most popular choices for cloud computing.

So, what is Azure AVD? How does it work? In this article, we'll seek to answer all of those questions and evaluate whether Azure AVD is right for your business.

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What is Azure AVD?

Azure virtual desktop (AVD) is a cloud-based, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) service that provides users with a remote desktop experience. AVD is built on top of Microsoft's Azure cloud platform and uses Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) to provide a "pooled desktop" experience to users. Users can connect to their AVD desktops from any device with an internet connection and a supported client (such as Microsoft Remote Desktop or Citrix Receiver).

AVD provides a number of benefits for businesses, including reduced IT costs, improved security, and increased flexibility. Additionally, AVD can be easily scaled to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes.

Azure AVD service model 

Azure AVD is a cloud-based, pay-as-you-go virtual machine (VM) service that offers businesses a flexible and convenient way to provision and manage VMs. Azure AVD is based on a pay-as-you-go subscription model, which means that businesses only pay for the resources they use.

Azure AVD offers a number of benefits for businesses, including the ability to scale up or down as needed, pay only for what you use, and get started quickly and easily. Additionally, Azure AVD integrates seamlessly with Azure Active Directory (AD), making it easy to manage end-user access and control.

Azure AVD operational expense

If you're considering using Azure AVD for your business, it's important to understand the pricing. Azure AVD is a subscription-based service, with different pricing options depending on the scale and user density of your host pool. This includes the ability to connect to pooled host pools, personal host pools or application groups, use Azure AD, and access remote apps.

Azure AVD monitoring 

Monitoring in Azure AVD is the process of observing and collecting metrics, logging information, and traces that reveal how an application or system is performing. This data can be used to determine whether an application or system is healthy, identify issues, and diagnose problems. Additionally, monitoring data can be used to generate reports and create alerts that notify you when an issue arises.

Another element that is necessary to be monitored is the cost so your company does not overspend on its IT budget. AVD offers a plethora of monitoring options to choose from depending on what type of data you want to collect, how you want to collect it, and where you want to store it. Azure AVD also allows you to create custom monitors and alert rules to fit your specific needs.

What is the difference between Windows 365 and AVD?

Windows 365 and AVD are two examples of desktop as a service (DaaS) provided by Microsoft. Both provide customers with a way to remotely access a desktop operating system and applications. The two services help to improve productivity by making it possible for users to work from anywhere and on any device. While both services offer a number of similarities, there are some key differences that organizations should be aware of when making a decision about which service to use.

Windows 365 is a subscription-based service that gives users access to a Windows 10 or Windows 11 desktop operating system. Users can install their own applications or use ones that are available through the Windows Store. The service includes regular updates to the operating system, security patches, and support from Microsoft. Windows 365 is a managed service that is ideal for small and medium-sized businesses that do not have an IT staff to manage their own desktop infrastructure.

AVD is a pay-as-you-go service that provides customers with access to a virtual machine running Windows 10 or Windows 11. Customers can install their own applications or use ones that are available through the Azure Marketplace. The service provides customers with the flexibility to choose their own pricing and support options and only pay for what they have used. AVD supports multi-sessions, making it a good option for organizations that need to support a large number of users.

What are some drawbacks of using AVD?

While AVD is a powerful tool, there are some potential drawbacks to consider before using it for your business. First, AVD is a Microsoft Azure-based product, which means that it is not available for use with other cloud services. If you are not using Microsoft Azure, then AVD will not be an option for you. Additionally, AVD is a cloud-based product, which means that you will need to have an internet connection in order to use it. If you do not have a reliable internet connection, then AVD may not be the best option for you. Finally, AVD requires platform expertise to properly configure and manage, so it may not be the best option for businesses without dedicated IT resources or a Co-Managed solution for IT Managed Services.

Is Azure AVD good for small businesses?

Absolutely! Azure is a great option for small businesses because it offers a pay-as-you-go model that can help you save on your IT costs. Additionally, Azure offers a number of features that can help small businesses improve their productivity, such as VMs and azure active directory.

What are some of the other benefits of using AVD?

When you use AVD in Azure, you get the benefits of a cloud-based solution that is highly available and scalable. Additionally, you can take advantage of Azure's Active Directory integration to provide a single sign-on solution for your remote users. This can simplify the process of managing user access to your systems and make it easier for your users to get the resources they need.

Using AVD can also help improve the security of your systems. Azure's virtual machine environment is isolated from the rest of the network, so it can provide an additional layer of security for your data. Additionally, the use of AVD can help you meet compliance requirements by providing a secure and isolated environment for your sensitive data.

Overall, azure services can provide many benefits for businesses that need to provide remote access to their systems. By taking advantage of the features of Azure, you can create a secure and scalable solution that improves user experience.

How to access an AVD Host Pool

An AVD Host Pool is a collection of virtual machines that are used to provide access to applications and desktops. There are two ways to access an AVD Host Pool:

1. Remote Desktop clients: it works by installing a client on the local machine, which then connects to the virtual machines in the pool. The user interacts with the applications and desktops as if they were running on their local machine.

2. Web browsers: uses a web browser to connect to a web-based interface that provides access to the virtual machines in the pool. Once connected, the user can launch applications and desktops from their web browser.

How can azure AVD help my business? 

Azure AVD can help your business in a number of ways:

Increasing productivity

Increasing productivity is always a top priority for businesses. Azure AVD can help your business by making it easier for employees to do hybrid work or even work remotely.  Azure AVD provides a single sign-on experience for employees, which can help reduce the time spent logging into multiple systems. Azure AVD also includes features such as multi-factor authentication and self-service password reset, which can help reduce the number of IT help desk calls. 

Enhancing security

Azure AVD can also help enhance security for your business. Azure AVD provides features such as conditional access and risk-based authentication, which can help protect your data from unauthorized access. Azure AVD also includes Azure Information Protection, which can help you classify and protect your sensitive data.

Cost savings

Azure AVD helps businesses by reducing costs in several ways. First, it eliminates the need for on-premises infrastructure, which can be costly to maintain. Second, it provides a cost-effective solution for remote work scenarios by allowing users to access their applications and data from anywhere. Finally, it offers a pay-as-you-go pricing model that can help businesses save money on their Azure AVD investment.

Find out how AVD can help you move to the cloud

AVD can be a valuable solution for businesses that need to support remote work and need a way to manage user access to company resources. It can also help businesses keep their data secure and compliant with industry regulations.

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If you're a business looking for help transitioning to the cloud, or if you need managed services for your Microsoft 365 or Azure deployments, ne Digital is here to help. We have years of experience in designing and operating secure IT workloads in the cloud and we can help get your business up and running quickly and securely. Contact us today to learn more about our services or take a look at our case studies to see how we've helped other businesses just like yours.

Topics: Azure