The potential and pitfalls of self-managed Azure Virtual Desktop
When Azure Virtual Desktop launched in 2018, industry insiders recognized its value — but no one could have predicted the critical role it would play during the global pandemic. Over the last three years, Microsoft has continued growing its Azure Virtual Desktop, providing:
- Cost optimization: Because Azure Virtual Desktop operates on the public cloud, it offers the ability to scale on demand, so you are never paying for more than what you need.
- Complete flexibility: Beyond cost, Azure Virtual Desktop is quick to implement, making M&A processes and user onboarding tasks seamless.
- Secure management: By building a VDI solution on top of Azure, you can ensure your infrastructure maintains your existing security standards by providing access control and multi-factor identification.
Despite these out-of-the-box benefits, most organizations lack the resources to scale or optimize a VDI solution for their enterprise needs. Without prior VDI experience or an Azure Virtual Desktop background, you might incur unnecessary costs or be unable to take full advantage of the platform.
Even if you have internal Azure expertise and can take on cloud migration and management tasks alone, VDI management is a separate competency that your business must invest in.
As the environment evolves, your team might also experience VDI complexity they cannot manage without additional training and resources. So, if VDI management is not an ongoing focus, this investment can fail to deliver business value.