Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a secure virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in the Microsoft Azure cloud, enabling remote work and efficient IT management. AVD enables employees to access their remote desktops and applications from virtually anywhere, on any device, provided they have an internet connection.

Why Use Microsoft Azure AVD in Tampa Bay?

Since the Tampa-St. Petersburg area is such a hotbed of remote work AND high growth businesses, Azure AVD is a perfect fit. Both for your employees and for your business.  


You don’t need to buy or maintain additional expensive hardware, software, or licenses for your desktops. You only pay for what you use, and you can scale up or down as needed. You can also save on energy and space costs, as you don’t need to run physical servers or computers.


You can protect your data and applications from unauthorized access, malware, or theft, as they are stored in Microsoft’s secure cloud. You can also control who can access what and enforce policies and compliance. You don’t need to worry about losing your data or devices, as you can access them from the cloud anytime.


Users are already used to Windows 10 or 11. AVD offers the same user experience they’re used to.


As businesses grow or experience fluctuations in demand, AVD allows for fast and easy scaling of resources, ensuring that companies only pay for what they need. And it GREATLY simplifies onboarding remote employees especially!

How Does It Work?

Azure Virtual Desktop is centered around the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Within the AVD platform, there are either pooled or personal desktops that are set up by Verified Technologies in the Tampa Bay area.

How much Does Microsoft AVD Cost?

  • Session Host Virtual Machines (VMs) host user sessions. Each session host is allocated virtual CPU’s and memory (or Azure Compute) based on the predicted workload and number of concurrent users supported by the session host. Depending on the number of users supported you may need several session hosts in your deployment.
  • Storage costs. The OS disk and data storage type will impact costs. OS disks run faster on Premium SSD storage. Your data files and documents can be stored on cheaper traditional HDD storage. 
  • Bandwidth costs. Data moving in and out of the Azure platform incurs costs. Customers with little or no on-premises server infrastructure don’t require a VPN to connect the AVD environment to your office network. This eliminates data ingress and egress charges.
  • AVD users will need at least a Microsoft 365 Business Premium license to access an AVD platform. The current cost for the Business Premium license is $22.00 / month. Chances are your users are already using this license on their regular desktop or laptop to access Outlook and Office Suite so introducing AVD into your environment should only entail adding the session host costs.

Example scenario of 25 user Microsoft AVD solution

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Transforming Business Operations: Microsoft Azure AVD Scenarios Across Industries

For Legal Practices

Imagine lawyers preparing for a big case. With AVD, they can access case files and collaborate with their team from courtrooms, home offices, or while on the move. It's not just about flexibility; it's about ensuring the confidentiality of sensitive client information with top-notch security measures. Plus, when the caseload increases, AVD allows firms to quickly scale up, adding virtual desktops for temporary staff without a massive investment in new hardware.

For CPA Firms

Picture an accounting firm during the tax rush. Accountants can access client financials and work on them in real-time, directly with clients, without compromising data security. This ability is crucial during long hours and peak seasons, providing the flexibility to work from anywhere. When demand spikes, AVD's scalable nature means the firm can adjust resources on the fly, avoiding unnecessary expenses on physical IT infrastructure.

For Medical Practices

Consider a medical practice embracing telehealth. Physicians can access patient records securely and comply with healthcare regulations, offering consultations from anywhere. This flexibility is vital for patient care, especially in underserved areas. With AVD, scaling up to handle an influx of telehealth appointments is straightforward, ensuring patient care remains uninterrupted without the need for significant upfront IT investments.

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