The boundaries of IT are fading, as technology has become an integral part of business operations and how employees work. Aging legacy systems need to be replaced to meet the changing expectations of customers and a new workforce. IT teams struggle to keep up with the exploding volume and type is of technology available. Big Data and Analytics, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Cloud, Everything as a Service, the list grows daily. Simply put, the role of IT is changing. To keep up with ever-evolving modern workplace, IT now has new concerns as well a new strategic drivers they must incorporate into their job function from cybersecurity breaches to driving employee adoption of new technology.
Employees expect to access their work from anywhere on any device. Companies are looking for a low-cost, simple solution to securely deliver the apps and desktops people need to get their work done. Traditional PC environments are burdened with IT management challenges as simple as employee password resets and as difficult as updating security patches and updates that impact user experience and productivity as well as take up valuable time for IT administrators. While many customers are turning to virtualizing applications and desktops, the perceived complexity and capital investment have industries looking to a simplified solution that works within an operational expense structure.
Desktops as a Service (DaaS) can be a viable solution for customers that like the centralization, security and management of VDI yet are attracted to the simplicity of having a professional organization perform basic desktop management on their behalf. DaaS offers many advantages to IT by simplifying operations and delivering Windows desktops and apps securely to its workforce.
Top Benefits of DaaS:
Flexibility: Employees, seasonal workers, and contractors can securely access their applications, remote desktops, and data from anywhere on cost-effective devices, keeping them productive, no matter where they work.
Scalability: Rapidly scale up applications and desktops when needed and then scale down when you no longer need them, keeping IT costs in line. This can include phases during a merger or acquisition, staffing temporary workers during peak seasons, managing contractors, and developers, or deploying branch offices.
Business continuity: DaaS can be a simple way to support a disaster recovery plan. Respond quickly to enable secure remote access to apps and desktops for your workforce and stay up and running in the event of a natural disaster, pandemic, or any other unforeseen event. Your employees stay safe and your organization stays productive. DaaS makes it easy to quickly add users when needed and pay for what you use.
Cost Savings: Pay for only what you use through monthly or yearly subscription models. Reduce capital expenses and enjoy more predictable operational expenses.
Security: DaaS provides a secure access point for users and simplifies desktop and app management processes and procedures. With access to applications and desktops in the cloud, data is securely stored and protected against data loss or device theft.
Azure Virtual Desktop (formerly Windows Virtual Desktop) is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. AVD is the only desktop virtualization service that provides Windows 10 multi-session, meaning that you will get the best user experience at a price you’ll love.
• Best User Experience – Native Windows 10 user experience optimized for Office providing a superior app experience
• Easy Management – Microsoft has taken control of IT management services like brokering and monitoring allowing you to focus on user and desktop management, all from a single portal in Azure
• Superior Economics – Windows 10 multi-session provides the best price for Windows 10, and PaaS simplifies management requirements for your IT staff
Enable remote work: Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) will help you get employees connected quickly, and securely. AVD provides identity management, connects employees through a secure network, and securely stores data.
Immediate security concerns: Azure Virtual Desktop increases security for your organization. It keeps data securely located in the cloud, not on personal devices. You can also manage user permission with role-based access controls to limit permissions and show employees only the data and apps that are relevant to them.
License upgrade to Microsoft 365 Business Premium: With a purchase of Microsoft 365 Business Premium, you receive the licenses you need for Azure Virtual Desktop. Make the most of your investment and upgrade to virtualized desktops to provide the best user experience for your employees at an industry-leading price.
Provide flexibility to employees: Azure Virtual Desktop will help you get employees connected quickly and securely, no matter where they are working from. They’ll be able to access their virtualized desktop from their favorite qualified device. You can optimize employee profiles to provide specific applications for individual users or roles
Optimize IT costs/management: Azure Virtual Desktop provides the best price on virtualized Windows 10 with multi-session. You can reduce costs by turning infrastructure off when it’s not being used. You can optimize based on cost or performance.
Enforce a Zero Trust model: Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) secures sensitive information in the cloud, and entry points are protected by user authentication. AVD is native to Azure, so you can easily connect to Microsoft Defender, Azure Security Center, and Azure Arc for added security.
Support your remote workforce with personalized virtual desktops with cloud-based, secure access to apps and data. With Azure at your fingertips, you can bridge your current server technology to the cloud and unlock new possibilities that drive your business forward.