What should you know about Microsoft AVD?

by | Jul 1, 2024 | News

Why is “Azure Virtual Desktop” (AVD) important?

In today’s fast-paced world, the ability to work remotely is not just a convenience; it’s a necessity.

That’s where Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) comes into play, offering a seamless transition from traditional Remote Access Server (RAS) setups to a more flexible and secure cloud-based environment.   It lets you run your software from the cloud, whether that is cloud-optimised or not.

Let’s explore the myriad of benefits that AVD brings to the table for Microsoft customers.

1. Supporting Remote and Hybrid Work at Scale

The shift towards remote and hybrid work models has been significant, and AVD is at the forefront of this transformation. It provides a scalable solution for deploying virtual desktops and applications, ensuring that organisations can quickly adapt to the changing needs of their workforce.

  • Quick Deployment: AVD allows IT teams to swiftly provision new users with the necessary desktops and applications, regardless of their location.  
  • Seamless Experience: Staff can access their familiar desktop environment and applications from any device, ensuring continuity and productivity.

The delivery of the combination of an Azure hosted application and Azure Virtual Desktop has future-proofed McElroys, allowing its people to securely communicate and work anywhere they have a laptop and an internet connection. “We don’t have to spend a hundred thousand on a practice management software upgrade. And we don’t have to deal with the upheaval of moving to a new and unfamiliar system. It’s the same software we all enjoy using, it just works faster and better.”

Paul Sullivan

General Manager, McElroys

2. Refreshing Outdated Hardware

One of the most significant advantages of AVD is its ability to breathe new life into aging hardware.

By transitioning to a virtual desktop model, organisations can extend the lifespan of their existing equipment, avoiding costly hardware upgrades and minimising disruptions. This approach reduces the need for costly hardware upgrades and minimises disruptions for end-users. 

3. Decreasing Global Carbon Footprint

AVD isn’t just good for business; it’s good for the planet. By centralising computing resources in Azure data centers (including New Zealand data centers), AVD helps organizations reduce their carbon footprint. This move towards sustainability is achieved through optimised server utilisation and efficient resource allocation.

4. Strengthening Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience

Security is paramount in the digital age.  Azure Virtual Desktop is built on the robust security features of Microsoft Azure. 

  • Data Security: AVD ensures data security within Azure data centres, protecting sensitive information even when accessed remotely. 
  • Secure Data Transfer: AVD guarantees secure data transfer between users and their virtual desktops. 
  • Secure Access: Encryption and multi-factor authentication prevent unauthorised access to AVD resources. 
  • Built-in Threat Protection: AVD leverages Azure’s security capabilities, including multifactor authentication, conditional access, and advanced threat detection. 


In conclusion, Azure Virtual Desktop is more than just a tool; it’s a pathway to a more secure, flexible, and sustainable future.

Whether you’re a full-time or part-time staff member, AVD provides the resources you need to stay productive and connected, no matter where your work takes you.