Windows Virtual Desktop is hands down the best virtual desktop solution available. Besides the numerous features & benefits it provides the users, it is also cost-effective. For instance, you can pay for it as per your per-second usage. The payment can be made every month. So, you pay only for the services you use, no more.

But that is not all. When you use Azure’s WVD, you can save more with some incentives & discounts. Here will shed more light on the subject & discuss what makes WVD a cost-effective remote working solution.

What do you pay for in Azure?

Let us first understand Azure Infrastructure Price Components. Mainly there are three infrastructure pieces that you will be paying for with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD).

  1. Compute:

    With WVD, you will need to configure sets of VMs as sessions host and server for session management. Also, WVD requires several separate Servers for operation. In this, you are charged for computing capacity that is billed per second every month. Here the primary variables are VM, CPU, memory(RAM), operating system. Other variables include Azure region and tier.

  2. Storage:

    WVD stores your data in Azure, where you can choose the type of storage you want to use along with the redundancy needed for your job. Here you are charged for per-GB per-month. The primary variables are type, redundancy, access tier, and performance tier, while other variables are region and storage account type.

  3. Networking:

    To connect the user profiles hosted in Azure, you will need to set up a virtual network to connect WVD resources to your existing infrastructure. You only get charged for outbound data transfer. The primary variables include region, type, and tier.

Define what you need

Hosting Virtual Desktops in the cloud demands Azure infrastructure that is right-sized for your needs. The first step is to determine how many servers you will need based on the number of team members moving to WVD. The type of user defines what applications and resources the user needs, and this will help determine how much computing power you will need.

WVD connects with some of your existing resources, including LOB applications and your active directory. For the estimation of cost, you will need to consider the following things:

  1. The way to connect to Active Directory.
  2. Your networking requirements for connecting to your existing infrastructure.

The following table can help you determine what you desire with WVD & hence help you choose better.

How can you save more with Windows Virtual Desktop?

As mentioned earlier, Azure provides some incentives & discounts that cut down on maintaining your Virtual desktops. Below we have discussed these incentives in brief.

  • Reserved Instances

Reserved instances are a feature of Azure; they allow you to reserve virtual machines in advance and save money on these machines’ computing costs. This option can significantly reduce your Azure infrastructure cost.

With reserved instances, you can :

  1. Reserve Azure compute in 1 yr or 3 yr chunks.
  2. You won’t pay any upfront costs.
  3. Your monthly pricing will be the same as paying upfront.
  4. You can reassign instances for free.
  5. You can cancel reservations for 12% of unused credits.

Azure Compute can be up to 76% of your total Azure infrastructure bill. You can utilize Reserved Instances to increase your margin with Azure significantly. For greater flexibility, you can combine Reserved Instances and pay-as-you-go pricing. You can do that by simply utilizing Reserved Instances for predictable critical workloads. You can use pay-as-you-go pricing for workloads that may have greater variance.

Let’s consider an example to understand better:

You can see that using Reserved Instances can help you save greatly on WVD.

  • Azure Hybrid Benefits

To cover the cost of your virtual machine’s operating system, you can now utilize server licenses that you already own with the help of Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server.

Using the example structure above for two series D8s v43 Virtual Machines running with 3-years Reserved Instances, we can see the monthly cost with and without Azure Hybrid Benefit.

  • Which one should you choose?

Though both Reserved Instances and Azure hybrid help you save more on WVD, you can choose either or both combined to save more. We advise you to take the advantage of both Reserved Instances and Azure Hybrid Benefits.

Let us have a look at how Reserved Instances and Azure Hybrid Benefits, when combined, can influence the cost of Virtual Machines. Using the example plot above for a series D8s v43 virtual machine running with Reserved Instances, we can see the monthly cost with and without Azure Hybrid Benefits.

Windows Virtual Desktop Configurator

It is a tool that breaks down WVD requirements into a series of questions about users and user requirements and includes a short how-to guide. For an overview of the tool and various input tools, you can watch Windows Virtual Desktop – Customer Targeting. The output of this tool is estimated at Azure Infrastructure costs.

The comprehensive version of the WVD solution configurator allows you to incorporate licensing and management costs into your calculation for a more detailed estimate of a total WVD cost.

The above image shows how much WVD Solution Configurator’s features can help you save more on your WVD.

Windows Virtual is not only an impeccable computing service provided by Microsoft, it is also highly cost-effective. You can learn more about WVD through our blogs.