Windows Virtual Desktop Pricing And Review

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This review of Azure Virtual Desktop shows that it is a virtual desktop solution that can be used in a modern office. It’s new, quick, and expandable.

At the company where I work, we’ve been hosting Microsoft products in the public cloud for almost 20 years, which is a long time before “the Cloud” was even a thing. Over the last few years, we have stopped using products like Exchange and Skype for Business because Microsoft and Office 365 do them better and for less money. One of the few products we still have is Managed Desktop, which is a Desktop as a Service.

Managed Desktop is based on the multi-session feature of Windows Server, which lets us share resources with multiple users and gives our customers access to their desktop, apps, and data from anywhere. It does what it’s supposed to do, but it feels pretty old now. It’s hard to make Windows Server look and feel like a modern desktop environment, and that’s not even mentioning all the other problems. Since remote desktop didn’t seem to be going anywhere, we’ve been using Intune to build a modern replacement over the past few years. Intune isn’t perfect, like everything else, and it doesn’t beat Managed Desktop in every way.

Microsoft came out with Azure Virtual Desktop in 2019. It got our attention, but the product didn’t work well with Azure and other things, which made us decide to put the idea on hold. After a while, when Azure Virtual Desktop “v2” came out (the first version is now called Azure Virtual Desktop Classic), we started to think about it again. With the help of the Nerdio management platform and the improvements to Azure Virtual Desktop, we were quietly happy that our years of experience with Desktop as a Service would not be wasted. In the last 9 months, we’ve built a product on Azure Virtual Desktop that we’re proud of. It’s a modern, scalable, and cost-effective solution that will give our customers a much better Desktop as a Service experience and help them reach their goals of moving to the Microsoft cloud.

Since then, we’ve been very surprised by how well Azure Virtual Desktop goes over with everyone we show it to. They are excited about how it can help them solve problems and give them a fast, modern desktop experience at the same time.

So why on earth would anyone want to use remote desktop?

Since cloud-based solutions are so common, it’s easy to get technology straight to your computer over the internet, no matter where you are. So why would anyone be excited about remote desktop and centralising desktop delivery? After all, one of the main reasons you would do this is to make it easier for people to use services on-site. Also, it’s been around for a long time and feels old, but Citrix, VMWare, and other companies have done a good job of making it workable.

Well, the most obvious reason is that businesses want cloud. Most of the customers I work with already use the cloud in some way, and their goal is to get rid of all of their on-premises servers. Most people get stuck because some line-of-business apps can’t be moved to the cloud easily or cheaply. Either the vendor is stuck in the stone age and their app will never be cloud native (at least not in the short to medium term), or moving to a cloud equivalent will take a lot of time and money.

These customers can get rid of these last few servers with the help of Azure Virtual Desktop. Desktop as a Service, or Azure Virtual Desktop, is a way to host desktops in Azure in a cost-effective way. Line-of-business apps can be installed right on the desktop image, and virtual machines can be used when they need a server or database in the back.

Azure Virtual Desktop isn’t just a way to host line-of-business apps; it can also be used to give end users access to computing.

  • Since AVD is based on Windows 10, users have a modern and familiar experience.
  • When set up right, AVD is fast. In fact, it’s faster than many fat clients I’ve used before!
  • AVD is available almost everywhere and on almost any device.
  • AVD supports the newest Microsoft Office and OneDrive files on demand You can take calls right from the virtual desktop thanks to Microsoft Teams and Zoom media optimization for AVD.

From the point of view of admins and businesses, Azure Virtual Desktop has some more benefits:

  • AVD takes care of all the access technologies, like the gateway, connection broker, and web portal, so all you have to do is take care of your “gold” desktop image.
  • AVD is the only way to use Windows 10’s ability to run multiple sessions at the same time.
    Supporting OneDrive files on demand saves money on storage costs.
  • AVD lets you use cheaper hardware that doesn’t need to be replaced as often, such as thin clients. AVD can use Microsoft authentication technology, such as MFA and Conditional Access.
  • Because AVD uses a technology called “reverse connect,” inbound ports are not open to the internet. Instead, the desktops connect to Microsoft’s gateway service from the outside.
  • Intune can be supported in some cases Soon, Azure Active Directory will work (coupled with Intune, this could mean you remove the need for a traditional Active Directory Domain)
  • Some versions of Office 365 and Microsoft 365 come with the Windows licences you need for your AVD desktops.
  • Performance on demand—easy it’s to scale up (or down), and graphics acceleration is part of that.
  • Use free Extended Security Updates to set up Windows 7 virtual desktops.
  • You can offer a full desktop experience or just publish apps.

Desktop as a Service isn’t just something we’re interested in.

Desktop as a Service isn’t just something we’re interested in (In part due to COVID-19 having us work from home en-masse). Some interesting facts can be found in the Digital Workspace Deployment and Performance Monitoring 2020-21 Survey Report:

“Most people had to work from home because of the pandemic. Some organisations had to start from scratch to set up digital workspaces. Others had to scale up their deployments to levels that were not expected. Executives paid more attention than ever before to digital workspaces because employee productivity was the most important thing. Scalability, performance, and fixing problems in digital workspaces were brought to the fore.”

Azure Virtual Desktop Pricing

Consumption-based fees in Azure are intimidating, but it’s starting to seem like something I could be interested in.

This is a common refrain. However, if you take precautions and keep an eye on things, you have nothing to worry about. The outcomes are particularly cost-effective since they are based on a well-designed ecosystem that automatically scales resources.

  • A straightforward desktop application that needs no network infrastructure to function:
  • For 10 or more users, monthly costs as little as US$50 per person.
  • Prices can drop to below US$30 per user per month after you get about 100 users.
  • If you install SQL Standard on a server in the back end, you’ll get something like this:
  • If you have 10 users or more, your monthly cost might be as little as $65.

Prices can drop to below US$50 per user per month after you get about 100 users.In addition, you must purchase a licence for the desktop installation of Windows. Windows licencing for your virtual desktops may be included in some Office 365 and Microsoft 365 SKUs.

Conclusion of Windows Virtual Desktop Pricing

We hope you’ve enjoyed this review of Azure Virtual Desktop and that it’s gotten you as interested as it did us. Azure Virtual Desktop is a great option for the workplace of today. It’s the only solution that supports Windows 10 multi-session and gives users a modern desktop experience that meets their expectations. It’s also fast and solves some of the problems that come with managing a large number of hardware endpoints. You should think about Azure Virtual Desktop if you haven’t already.