Azure Virtual Desktop

The secure remote desktop experience

What is Azure Virtual Desktop?

Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a multi-session, cloud-based desktop and app virtualisation service hosted in Azure. It allows you to modernise your customer’s whole desktop environment and adopt a modern work and BYOD culture by providing a secure remote desktop experience whilst reducing costs and security risks.

AVD allows you to:

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Optimise Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise to run in multi-user virtual scenarios

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Virtualise desktops and apps.

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Deliver a full, scalable Windows experience with a multi-session Windows 11 or Windows 10 deployment.

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Utilise existing Remote Desktop Services (RDS) and Windows Server desktops and apps and bring them to any computer.

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Utilise a unified management experience and manage desktops and apps from different Windows and Windows Server operating systems.

Why should my customers buy AVD?

It’s flexible and scalable

New AVD solutions can be deployed in minutes with Azure’s built-in AVD wizard. The infrastructure can be deployed to automatically scale to meet live requirements for users, meaning you only pay for the required compute when you need it.

License costs

It is integrated into many existing Microsoft licenses such as Microsoft 365 Business Premium, E3 and E5, making it incredibly easy to implement. It requires less additional license costs in comparison to the likes of VMware and Citrix. Plus, there are numerous ways in which to optimise and save such as locking in your AVD solution on an Azure Reserved Instance (RI) meaning you pay a fixed sum for either 1 or 3 years.

Secure Data Access

Although there are many use cases for AVD, it is particularly useful for companies processing sensitive information or in highly regulated industries, ensuring that their data is securely accessed by users working outside of the office network. AVD creates a virtual desktop for users to access remotely. Employees can only access that information in that remote virtualised session and are not able to save any data on their local workstations.

Managing Remote Workers

AVD makes managing and making your customer’s remote experience consistent a lot simpler, particularly if the customer has many remote workers on various devices.

Why should I sell AVD?

Increased Margin


More time and capacity

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What do I need to get started?

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A supported identity provider

Azure Active Directory is Microsoft’s identity service.

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Network connectivity

Ensuring your network is up to requirements ensures that your users are able to connect to remote desktops and virtual apps and that their user experience is not impacted. Find out more here.

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An Azure account with an active subscription

If you don’t already have one, you can create one for free!

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A supported operating system (OS) for session host virtual machines and appropriate licenses

You have a choice of operating systems that you can use to offer remote desktops and virtual apps. Check out the OS and license entitlement options here

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A Remote Desktop client

his is required to connect your users to virtual desktops and remote apps. Further information on which are the supporting clients is available here.

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