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The Case for Moving Workloads to Azure Virtual Desktop

October 3, 2022

The Case for Moving Workloads to Azure Virtual Desktop

Agility is at the top of every IT leader’s mind, and it’s easy to see why: Agile firms not only grow revenue 37 percent faster than non-agile companies but also generate 30 percent higher profits. And with mounting challenges like cybercrime, competition, supply chain delays, and unpredictable factors, the need to invest in solutions that offer adaptability and efficiency is greater than ever.

Moving to Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) offers a seamless space for teams to work more productive, efficient, and secure—from any device, anywhere.

Is AVD the right move for your company? Let’s dive into what it offers and how teams like yours can use it to improve agility, streamline the supply chain process, and ensure security without sacrificing efficiency.

 

What is Azure Virtual Desktop?

Azure Virtual Desktop is not your grandparents’ remote desktop service. This virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is built in the Cloud, providing a virtualized desktop for all users regardless of their location or device. As the next generation of remote session host services, Microsoft’s AVD offers all the modern benefits you expect from a virtual desktop, such as reduced costs and improved security.

Plus, because it’s integrated with the same tools and resources your employees already use, AVD builds on the infrastructure you have to replace outdated, on-site desktop services.

 

What are the benefits of moving workloads to AVD?

Avoid Supply Chain Delays

Shipping issues and semiconductor shortages have slowed PC lead times, causing organizations to wait up to four months before receiving their orders. With Azure Virtual Desktop, supply chain issues won’t impact getting a new hire or contractor access to the tools they need to be productive immediately.

Any computer—Windows or not—can connect to AVD instantly, enabling employees to use their own devices and get to work. Not only does this mean fewer onboarding delays, but it also reduces the burden on IT and helps control costs. AVD expands the usable lifecycle of endpoints and allows you to purchase less-expensive devices like thin clients, saving you the time and costs that come with device refreshes.

 

Deliver a Modern Work Experience

Even when a device or app is at the end of its life, Azure Virtual Desktop delivers a modern Windows 10 desktop experience. AVD also supports Windows 7 workloads in a virtualized environment with extended security updates. This allows users to still be productive while security is enhanced.

With AVD, you can extend the life of custom applications and/or workloads in your environment, buying your IT staff extra time as they transition to a new solution.

 

Enhance Security within a Controlled Environment

Azure Virtual Desktop runs its controlled environment within the Cloud, which means the device it’s accessed from is removed from the infrastructure. Unlike personal computers that lack sufficient defenses, AVD provides an air bubble between its business environment and personal use, which means that even if an employee’s device is attacked, a company’s information will remain protected within the Cloud.

When your organization’s workloads are stored and accessed from a secure environment, you won’t need to worry about falling out of compliance or endpoint risks. You can trust AVD to consistently offer the safest environment for your business, empowering your team to work more efficiently and remain protected while doing it.

 

Maximize AVD investment

Implementing and maintaining Azure Virtual Desktop requires skill, bandwidth, and ongoing optimization.

ProArch is a top Microsoft partner and has years of experience implementing AVD. Through Desktop as a Service (Daas), alongside Rimo3 and Nerdio, we ensure that you have the end-to-end support needed to not only move workloads to AVD but continuously manage them so you’re able to reduce costs, extend device lifecycles, improve security, and achieve your transformation goals.

See how DaaS can help your organization work more proactively, efficiently, and safely—from any device, anywhere.

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