There are many reasons to use Azure Virtual Desktop from Microsoft, from flexibility and scalability to enterprise features like high-availability and disaster recovery. In fact, there are so many reasons to use this service that it’s hard to name just 10 of them! Even so, we managed to narrow down our top 10 favorite features of Azure Virtual Desktop and list them below. Check out these top 10 reasons to use Azure Virtual Desktop and see why they’re your best bet when it comes to providing cloud based desktops and applications in the workplace!
1) Offers flexibility in terms of infrastructure
If you’re not already familiar with Azure, it’s Microsoft’s cloud service offering. With Azure Virtual Desktop, you can choose from a variety of cloud computing resources including public, private or hybrid. You also have options in terms of infrastructure: You can create virtual desktops using your own physical machines or by using Azure-managed hypervisors and infrastructure.
2) Microsoft continues to invest in security
Windows 10 is built on a foundation of Windows Defender and EMET technologies, which provide advanced threat protection out of the box. For additional added security for enterprises, Microsoft has integrated an Azure-based virtual desktop solution called Azure Virtual Desktop. It’s important to note that integrated here means that you simply have to sign in with your Azure account.
3) Cloud allows for easy scalability
The advantage of cloud-based solutions is in their flexibility and scalability. Because it is simply a virtual system that you can access anywhere via Internet connection, your capacity will be unlimited. You are no longer limited by physical space or hardware; you only pay for what you use, which makes scaling to your needs easy. And if your business really takes off, Azure Virtual Desktop scales automatically with it and the platform grows right along with your company.
4) Customization is available with software-as-a-service
Using SaaS has numerous benefits, but one of its best features is that you can customize your business software. Unlike traditional business software (that usually requires hefty upfront investments), you can access cloud based applications without paying for advanced infrastructure or having to commit long-term contracts.
5) Azure can help with regulatory compliance
Businesses that have regulatory compliance needs may benefit from Microsoft’s compliance efforts. These offerings include HIPAA, ISO 27001, FedRAMP (which is government-specific), and SOC 1/2 auditing. You can choose one or multiple options based on your individual business needs.
6) Integrates with other cloud applications
You can use Azure’s virtual desktop integration with other cloud applications, such as Office 365 and CRM. This makes it easier for you to share data across multiple platforms. You won’t have to worry about managing various systems on your own; you can simply rely on Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure to handle all of your IT needs.
7) Costs are predictable on a per user basis
When you use a regular or remote desktop, you pay for all of your users’ resources. This can lead to unexpected costs, depending on how many resources your users require. With an Azure virtual desktop, each user has their own assigned amount of RAM and hard drive space (and bandwidth). Costs are predictable because you know what your costs will be at signup and it doesn’t fluctuate as much with usage. The only other cost is storage for user data and files.
8) Can be deployed quickly without long procurement cycles
You don’t need to wait for days or weeks for a new computer. Deploying an Azure virtual desktop can take minutes, instead of hours or days. This means you get it up and running when you need it instead of when your IT department says you need it.
9) Encrypted at rest and in transit
The data is encrypted using BitLocker and Azure Disk Encryption, which means only you can read it. All data sent from your system is also encrypted. No one will be able to see anything you’re working on, even if they try. And no one will be able to steal or tamper with any of your files while they are stored in Azure. Even Microsoft Azure employees aren’t allowed access without a court order! (And we take that very seriously.)
10) Allows users to work anywhere using any device
When a user uses Azure RemoteApp, they can access all their apps and data on any device by logging into Azure. This eliminates hardware, compatibility and connectivity issues, making it easy for users to work wherever they are. It also makes it easier for IT to manage everything from one central location.
For example, you can deploy updates or patches across your entire organization with just a few clicks of your mouse. And if you need to perform maintenance on your servers, you don’t have to worry about interrupting business operations because applications will automatically fail over to another server without affecting end-users.