The True Cost of Azure Virtual Desktop in 2024: Plans & Pricing - V2 Cloud

The True Cost of Azure Virtual Desktop in 2024: Plans & Pricing



Type of Pricing Resources Used Unit Cost Total Monthly Cost of Resources Per User Per Month Cost
Microsoft 365 license 100 licenses (1 license for each user) USD 22 per user per month USD $2200.00

(for 100 users)

USD $22.00
Azure Virtual Desktop VM Cost 25 VM Instances (1 Instance to cater to 4 users) of D4as v5: 4vCPUs, 16 GB RAM, 100 GB temporary storage, allocated for 160 hours monthly) USD 0.3560 per hour USD $1424.00

(Cost of 25 VMs for 160 hours monthly usage)

USD $14.24
Azure Bandwidth Cost 4000 GB outbound data transfer bandwidth USD $0.087 per GB USD $348.00

(cost of 4000 GB. i.e, 40GB for each user per month)

USD $3.48
Azure Storage Cost Managed Disk: Standard SSD E15 256 GiB USD $38.02 per 64 GB SSD per month USD $950.50

(Cost of total 25 SSDs. i.e, 1 SSD for each VM)

USD $9.50
Microsoft RDS license 1 license per user USD $7.00 per user USD $700.00 USD $7.00
Aure implementation engineer 1 part-time consultant USD $5,000.00 per month USD $5,000.00 USD $50.00
Total Infrastructure Cost USD 10,622.50 per month  USD $ 106.22 per user per month

Azure Virtual Desktop – Disadvantages & Limitations

While Azure Virtual Desktop offers different advantages, it has some significant limitations and downsides you must acknowledge before finalizing your purchase.

Below are four potential downsides of the Azure Virtual Desktop pricing and licensing models.


1. The Complexity of Pricing 

With different licensing options, infrastructure costs, and separate Azure AD and Bandwidth costs, you will likely face cost overruns due to a lack of clear information and transparency. Hence, your business needs careful cloud cost monitoring and management.


2. Azure portal complexity and lack of customer service

The Azure portal is extremely complex to operate and requires specialized engineers to set up and maintain an Azure Virtual Desktop environment. The lack of customer support is also a huge disappointment for most businesses.

V2 Cloud has the easiest management portal with no technical skills required and a team of technical experts available 7 days a week at no extra cost


3. Lack of Automated Image Provisioning

AVD lacks a built-in image provisioning feature. Contrary to V2 Cloud, Azure does not offer a straightforward way to update and redeploy an image.

Users have to perform these operations manually. It can be time-consuming and vulnerable to errors, especially in large-scale deployments where multiple VMs must be updated simultaneously.

This limitation can lead to deployment issues and inefficiencies when managing VM images in Azure.


4. Real-time Monitoring

Azure Monitor can experience a delay of up to 15-20 minutes before appearing on dashboards, making real-time tracking difficult.

It lacks real-time customer analytics and appropriate helpdesk tools compared to alternate solutions like V2 Cloud.

For instance, V2 Cloud offers an interactive dashboard with complete administrator control over all your virtual machines and lets you install any application you need without specialized training.


Frequently Asked Questions about Azure Virtual Desktop Pricing

How does the cost efficiency of AVD compare to on-premises solutions over time?

The cost efficiency of Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) compared to on-premises solutions improves over time mainly due to AVD’s scalability, flexibility, and reduced need for physical hardware maintenance and upgrades.

While on-premises solutions require upfront capital expenditure and ongoing maintenance, cloud solutions usually offer a pay-as-you-go pricing model that can adjust to business needs, potentially lowering overall IT costs for businesses that scale or experience fluctuating demand.


What are the long-term financial benefits of choosing a cloud solution for businesses planning to scale?

Cloud solutions offer long-term financial benefits such as reduced upfront capital expenditures, the flexibility of a pay-as-you-go pricing model, and decreased maintenance and operational costs associated with physical hardware.

Virtual desktops’ scalability allows businesses to adjust resources based on demand, optimizing costs. Additionally, integrating with cloud services can lead to improved productivity and efficiency.


Are there any additional costs associated with data migration and initial setup for AVD?

Yes, adopting Azure Virtual Desktop may involve additional costs, depending on the complexity of the existing infrastructure and the volume of data. These costs can include professional services for planning and executing the migration, as well as any necessary training for IT staff and users.


Choosing the Best Virtual Desktop Solution for Your Business

V2 Cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure helps businesses swiftly move to a cloud-native framework. By choosing V2 cloud, you can make your cloud migration more seamless and hassle-free without procuring costly hardware or recruiting new resources.

With V2 Cloud, you can leverage a simple, transparent, and cost-effective pricing structure that includes all costs in one bundle – with no hidden subscription, support, or usage charges. Unlike confusing Azure Virtual Desktop costs, V2 Cloud ensures that your budget will remain controlled, with no surprises or hidden fees.

V2 Cloud’s monthly and yearly pricing options reduce the up-front cost making it an affordable and go-to option. We also offer dedicated technical support for smooth cloud migration and onboarding experience.

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