There’s a great playlist of videos available at the moment by the Azure Academy that gives you a good introduction to AVD. In the beginning of the first video, it explains nicely what the big deal here is. To put it in a nutshell, Windows Remote Desktop Services has been around for ages, but it really needed a modern version which was cloud focused, scalable, more cost effective and easier to manage.
This is exactly what Microsoft now offers with its AVD service.
One of the best things about Azure Virtual Desktop is that you only pay for the Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Storage consumed by users during use.
Compared to other remote desktop offerings, the amount of costs that can be saved here are potentially enormous.
That being said, is not so easy at first to get a ball-park figure of Azure Virtual Desktop pricing due to the large number of variables which make each environment different. Decision-makers need to consider a couple of things, like the number of VMs and the level of micro-management you’re willing to take on.
Your best bet is to consult the AVD portal and work out which plan is most suitable. For example, if you’re willing to reserve your virtual machines in advance on a yearly or 3 year period, check out the Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs) page. Microsoft provides a few Azure Virtual Desktop pricing examples on the Azure website too. There’s also a pricing calculator which you can try out.
The overall flexibility and savings which can be made year in, year out, coupled with appealing licensing, will make Azure Virtual Desktop an attractive option for most. Once you are sure that AVD is the right fit for your organization, you’ll just need the required technical know-how to for migration. The process is not 100% self-explanatory however, so a good way for your Azure Virtual Desktop Migration is to consult other deployment videos online.