Azure Virtual Desktop: What’s the catch?

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

It’s become more and more important that businesses quickly respond to changes in how their teams operate. Rises in remote working, as well as the rapid adoption of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) have meant that there’s an increased pressure on organisations to keep up with employees needs – as well as COVID necessities.

However, standing among the different solutions out there, is Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) – a platform which helps solve many of the challenges associated with remote work by leveraging Azure in the cloud.

Let’s take a closer look.

What Azure Virtual Desktop Brings To The Table

Azure Virtual Desktop ensures that teams can access their working environment no matter where they are or what device they’re using. This results in significantly increased flexibility as a completely remote workforce can all use the same platforms – without the need for installations – which can be deployed immediately.

Another huge benefit of AVD is that it offers a far more cost-effective option than traditional hardware setups. In a typical office, users will have their own workstation – which will be supported by enough servers to cope with the use of applications and data. With AVD, however, users can use any existing device, including their own home computer or laptop.

This has been hugely beneficial during the coronavirus pandemic. It not only allowed companies to quickly get teams working remotely, it also meant that they didn’t need to outfit their staff with all new hardware to support them in home working. Looking ahead, companies will be able to keep expensive hardware operational for longer using AVD – meaning better value for money all round.

Scalable, Safe, & Secure

AVD’s scalability also helps businesses in their company wide efforts to maintain good digital security practices. Various quality management accreditations require proper IT security to be maintained and constantly reviewed for its effectiveness.

With AVD, businesses and their users are always compliant. Security updates are automatically rolled out based on individual user requirements. With the rise of BYOD, they also won’t need to worry that team member’s devices could be compromised – as AVD can help control the transfer of information from the virtual environment to the local computer.

These advantages alone should show just how instrumental Azure Virtual Desktop is becoming to many organisations – especially those operating remote working policies.

While this is a very brief list, AVD offers a whole host of other advantages including disaster recovery support and customisable user environments. At Giacom, we are huge fans of AVD, and as Azure experts we can provide you and your customers with all the support you need to help them make the leap to virtual desktops.

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