Advanced Public and Hybrid Cloud
Azure Virtual Desktop Services
Enable a secure remote desktop experience from virtually anywhere
Set up Azure Virtual Desktop in minutes to enable secure remote work...
Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a comprehensive desktop virtualization service, that runs on the cloud through Microsoft Azure. AVD delivers users a cost-effective, locked-down Windows 10/11 PC desktop experience. AVD can also enable secure access to on-premises servers and remote applications with security controls defined through your organisation’s policies.
We understand and solve your key issues
We provide services which are designed to solve our customers' key challenges.
- Enabling a secure remote workforce
With employees working from anywhere and on any device, security is a top concern, as it expands the attack surface and makes it harder to gain thorough network visibility. With AVD, you can configure familiar Azure security Services, benefit from a reduced attack surface due to reverse connect technology, gain granular access control and implement isolated user sessions.
- Hardware shortages & rising costs
With the ongoing chip shortage, many businesses simply cannot find enough devices to replace all of those required. Also, if businesses want to upgrade to Windows 11, all devices need to have a TPM 2.0 chip which are in short supply. Azure Virtual Desktop solves these challenges by moving the computing power away from the device to the Azure Cloud. Employees can also run Windows 11 through AVD, even with older hardware that lacks a TPM 2.0 chip.
- Achieving agility without increasing costs
Each employee within a business has a different compute requirement and typically, the only way to accommodate this is by purchasing a device that is overpowered for 95% of its use, leading to increased hardware expenditure. AVD enables intelligent compute scaling, so you can allocate & deallocate additional resources to a VM when required so you only pay for the computing power you use.
Deliver Windows 11 anywhere
Built-in intelligent security
Deploy & scale in minutes
Reduce cost on existing licences
Minimise or eliminate downtime
Simplified data management
Faster provisioning resources
What can our AVD services do for you?
Find out more about our range of Azure Managed Services
FEATURES & BENEFITS
Leading UK Microsoft Partner
Adavnced + Azure is a powerful combination, providing hassle-free services so that you can get the best out of your cloud infrastructure
Solutions Partner for Modern Work & Infrastructure (Azure)
When an organisation is looking for a Microsoft Partner to help them with a project, it can be difficult to know which potential partner is best suited to carry out their requirements. For this reason, Microsoft recently replaced the Gold & Silver partner statuses with specific designations which clearly validate a partner’s skills in a particular area.
Advanced have already been awarded with the Infrastructure (Azure) and the Modern Work Designations, demonstrating our depth of experience and knowledge in these areas.
Learn about some of the main benefits of AVD.
Bring your own device (BYOD) and access your desktop and apps over the internet using an AVD client such as Windows, Mac, iOS, Android or HTML5
Choose the right Azure VM to optimise performance and leverage the Windows 10 and Windows 11 multi-session advantage on Azure to run multiple concurrent user sessions and save costs
Seamless Teams & Office experience
Provide employees with the same experience they'd have on a local desktop or laptop
Whether they're managing their inbox with Outlook, sharing files in OneDrive, or collaborating with colleagues on Microsoft Teams
There are no additional licence costs – Azure Virtual Desktop can be used with your existing eligible Microsoft 365 or Windows per-user licence
Reduce infrastructure costs by right-sizing virtual machines (VMs) and shutting them down when not in use
Increase utilisation of VMs with Windows 10 and Windows 11 multi-session
Reduce management overhead by moving all your VDI to the cloud with a managed service
Deploy & scale quickly
The Azure portal is your management hub for Azure Virtual Desktop
Configure network settings, add users, deploy desktop apps, and enable security with a few clicks
Set up automated scaling and manage your images efficiently with Azure Shared Image Gallery
Focus on your desktop apps and policies while Azure manages the rest
AVD Managed Service
By utilising Azure Virtual Desktop Managed Services Advanced will provide the following services
Reactive Support for Azure Virtual Desktop issues
Platform support for your AVD environment
Best practice incident and problem management service
Weekly OS Updates & Patching
Advanced will maintain monthly OS updates for Session Host VMs through Azure Update Management and Microsoft Intune
We use Azure Automation to patch Operating Systems, placing servers into a standard patching schedule
Advanced will consult with you to allocate servers into scheduling groups, ensuring a plan that works for you
Image Maintenance & Application Packaging
Host pool images will automatically be upgraded on a monthly servicing cycle
Advanced use Packer by Hashicorp to automatically install core business applications into the host images reducing the need for manual application deployment
Azure Support & Management Services
Our tiered ITIL and DevOps-aligned support and management services combined with value added service options to deliver enterprise-class Managed Azure Services
Support & Manage
Service Level Management, subscription management & optimisation, cost management via Azure cost manager
Security & access management, operations & support, configuration & modern lifecycle management
Additional optional services including applications/database/identity & access management
Optional cyber security services including Scanning & Discover and Managed Detection & Response (MDR)
Who succeeds with us
A rich, diverse customer base from finance to healthcare and everything in between
”As a charity, it was really important for us to partner with someone that understood what we needed and Advanced did just that – they understood our vision. ”
— Rob Bing, IT Service Manager
St Andrew's Healthcare
"Advanced stood out as being a respected supplier who implicitly understood all of our requirements and could deliver best value."
— Robin Johns, Head of IS
Featured resources for you
Azure Virtual Desktop Workshop
Advanced are offering an AVD Workshop run by subject experts, which consists of an initial one-day engagement with your company to help accelerate your journey to AVD.
Becoming more scalable and agile through AVD
Desktop virtualization has been growing hugely over the past few years due to the need for secure hybrid working, but lots has changed in this technology since it first came to market. This session will show how the evolution of Azure Virtual Desktop enables organisations to become more agile whilst enabling secure remote working.
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