How to scale your remote desktop in Microsoft Azure?

Bob Deleeck
Bob Deleeck
21 april 2020

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How to scale your remote desktop in Microsoft Azure to secure business continuity?

Organizations have different reasons to have chosen for remote/virtual desktops (Vmware Horizon, Citrix Xenapp, Microsoft RDP or Microsoft VDI) instead of VPN Connections. 

In this blog post, we will not talk about VDI vs VPN but how you can scale your existing remote/virtual desktops in the cloud and what impact this can have on your future hardware and software investments.

Remote work environments on VMware, Citrix or Microsoft technology

The last decade numerous companies have chosen remote display technology to enable remote work. Windows runs as a virtual machine in your on-premise datacenter. 

The scalability of these environments is directly dependent on extra hardware investments making this less cost-efficient and slow to deploy.

Business Continuity during unpredictable events

Since the outbreak of COVID19, organizations try to ensure business continuity by increasing their remote work capacity. 

The remote desktop infrastructure suddenly plays a more crucial and strategic role than ever before.

What is the impact of expanding a virtual desktop capacity?

Expanding a remote/virtual desktop environment has a significant impact on specific hardware resources. Increasing capacity means purchasing, implementing and configuring extra hard- and software, which takes a considerable amount of time and resources. 

Unfortunately, those time and resources aren't always available and especially not in such difficult times as today.

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How to up- and downscale instantly with Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure supporting Windows Virtual Desktop?

Organizations are now able to scale their remote/virtual desktop environment to the cloud in a matter of minutes instead of weeks or months. 

They can now absorb peaks or guarantee business continuity immediately. 

Expand example with monthly subscription

For some organizations, it will even make sense to migrate their existing remote/virtual desktop environment to the cloud.


VMware Horizon® Cloud on Microsoft Azure extends Windows Virtual Desktop functionality into Horizon Cloud desktops running on Microsoft Azure. Customers can leverage the benefits of Windows Virtual Desktop—including Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session and FSLogix—in addition to the simplified management, enhanced remote experience, and native cloud architecture that Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure provides.

By using Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure supporting Windows Virtual Desktop, you can transform your infrastructure from a CAPEX to an OPEX consumption model that makes monthly billing possible. 

These up- and downscaling scenarios are dramatically more cost-efficient because you pay what you use.

Of course, every organization has a specific scenario; that is why we created a Windows Virtual Desktop Cost Calculator to calculate the estimated cost for your organization taking into account all Microsoft licenses you already purchased, for example, Microsoft Office 365.

Try our Free Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop Cost Calculator.

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Bob Deleeck

Bob Deleeck

Bob Deleeck is Managing Partner and co-founder at Agisko and has over 15 years of experience in the field of application delivery. With his strategy related track record by successfully building the company Raido (co-founder), specialized in virtualization, he has the knowledge to grow Agisko into the Belgian market and beyond. Bob strives to guide Agisko’s vision and strategy to match the customers needs in modernizing their digital business.

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