Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a set of technologies from Microsoft Azure allowing IT professionals and Managed Services Providers (MSPs) such as 848, to create virtual desktops and RemoteApps in Azure, and publish them to users who can access them from their own devices. One of the benefits of azure virtual desktop is that it is located in the cloud, you can depend on it to always be up-to-date, secure, and highly scalable.
Reports show that since the pandemic over 50% of the IT industry in the UK is now remote. In the new digital world of work, AVD proves to be very beneficial as it can be accessed from any modern, internet-connected device regardless of the operating system. Virtual desktops are an appealing option to employers as they provide additional benefits such as time and cost savings, increased security along with improved employee efficiency. AVD is also known as Windows Virtual Desktop.
This article will explore 4 benefits of azure virtual desktop to your remote organisation.
1. Cost Savings
Virtual desktops are highly beneficial as they reduce desktop management, infrastructure, and support costs. They allow for easy account setups for onboarding new employees without having to purchase, install, and provide upkeep for a new system. Additionally, new users can quickly be added or deleted saving on both time and dedicated resources. Since AVD lives in the cloud, it also decreases the likelihood of your organisation having to purchase new devices, since you won’t have the worry of hard drives, memory, or storage since applications can run on their own.
2. Enhanced Security
Windows Virtual Desktop offers the same security that Microsoft Azure does, providing an enhanced level of security to all its users. Since all your information is stored on a remote server, computer hardware cannot be stolen, lost, or tampered with by unknown individuals. AVD also provides all the latest upgrades since it lives in the cloud. You can have peace of mind knowing that all your confidential company data is safeguarded by your IT team or MSP.
3. Increased Workplace Flexibility
Since many organisations have been forced to work remotely, you’ll be relieved to know that your teams can remotely access files at any time to complete work. Windows Virtual Desktop creates an environment that works well with your remote workforce, allowing your employees to work from anywhere.
Employees have reported being happier and more productive when they are able to use their own devices in the workplace. With AVD, your organisation can also implement BYOD (Bring your own device) policies that allow employees to use their personal devices to connect to organisational networks and access work-related systems. Due to its enhanced security measures, AVD makes it easy to preserve corporate security and compliance even from personal devices.
4. Improved Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery has become an essential part of IT management. Records show that only 20% of SME companies have a complete disaster recovery plan. Only 50% of businesses that experience a disaster without a recovery plan are able to recover. With Windows Virtual Desktop, you don’t have to rely on stationary computers that could be lost or damaged. AVD allows your data to be stored in a centralised location that is safe, and backed up regularly.
Work with 848 to implement the benefits of azure virtual desktop into your organisation
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Fraser is the Head of Managed Services at the 848 Group. He has a wealth of experience and expertise in ITIL, ITSM, and service delivery, and creating effective processes for managing and enabling change.