You have moved most, if not all of your IT to to the Microsoft cloud. The pandemic has made you realize your business can operate as a virtual office.  Your future plans are to get rid of or greatly reduce your physical office space footprint and expense. Now, you have just one thing left to virtualize...your end-user's computers...and THAT...is done through Microsoft's Windows Virtual Desktop technology powered by The Virtual Desktop Transformer© by Xerillion.

Windows Virtual Desktop: start issuing employees virtual desktop computers instead of physical ones. I'm dead serious.

You're So Close

You're so close (!) to going 100% virtual with your business.  Why stop with virtualizing your back-end system (i.e., Microsoft 365 cloud services and possibly a Microsoft Azure virtual network) and your physical office (i.e., working from home in Microsoft Teams during the pandemic)?

There is ONE...LAST...THING you need to virtualize and you'll be off to the promised land. You need to move from issuing employees physical desktop and  laptop computers to issuing them VIRTUAL COMPUTERS...using...Windows Virtual Desktop technology in your very own Microsoft Azure virtual network. And the really good news is, with your Microsoft 365 subscription you already own (or will own, if we become your Microsoft Cloud Solutions Provider), you are already licensed for the Windows Virtual Desktop technology. The only additional cost you'll have is paying for the compute and data storage your virtual desktops actually consume...month-to-month. AND here is another very cool part: what you pay for easily flexes up and down with the needs of your company, also, month-to-month. I'll explain more about this shortly.

You might be thinking, "But Wayne (!) if I issue my employees virtual computers, how will they connect to these virtual computers?"

Now see, that's where this story gets even better...

New Life Into Old Hardware and BYOD with Windows Virtual Desktop

First! DO NOT refresh your existing old company computers--you are DONE doing that. Computer hardware refreshes are a THING OF THE PAST. What you will do is BREATHE NEW LIFE into those old computers by turning them into thin client computers and run them until they die. Then, when they die a natural death, you'll replace them with an inexpensive hardware thin client, and those hardware thin clients have 8 year lifecycles!! Hardware thin clients are 50% cheaper than traditional desktop computers and they last three times as long. How is THAT for an ROI? Oh...and they cost 90% LESS for professional IT support (in-house or external) compared to traditional physical desktop computers.

Want to take it one step further and do one better? I say get out of the business of having an end-user computer inventory altogether! No more desktops...no more laptops! No more company capital tied up in massively depreciating computers. No more company operating expenses tied up in 3 year computer leases. How?? RENT company use of your employee's personal computer to become a thin client terminal to access their virtual desktops!

YOUR COMPANY no longer has to purchase, maintain, provision or deprovision a computer inventory (ugh). And let's be honest...that type of work is the LEAST INTERESTING type of IT work there is. IT Pros don't like doing it, and business owners/executives don't like the cost of paying them to do it. So, why is the company paying money they'd prefer not to spend to IT Pros to do work they'd prefer not to do? YOU DON'T HAVE TO!!

With TRUE B.Y.O.D. your employee gets to use whatever computer and OS they feel most comfortable with -- Windows OS, MacOS, Linux, iOS or Android tablets, or like me - a Samsung Dex Android OS desktop running off my Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (that's a whole other story.) And, you will pay your employees a rental fee that essentially buys them a new personal computer and smart-phone every 2 years. Pretty sweet for both of you. And, I'm telling you as someone who has been doing that for years, it is a WIN/WIN/WIN; it's just good business and IT strategy all-around.

Far Better Security with Windows Virtual Desktop

AND since all of your employee desktop computers are sitting inside your Microsoft Azure virtual network THAT YOU FULLY CONTROL...your data and apps stay, safe, secure and completely separate from your employee's personal data. You can make the flow of data between their virtual desktop and their personal physical computer as flexible or as restrictive as you want.

Remember: your Microsoft 365 subscription COMES WITH a license for Windows Virtual Desktop. All YOU need to do is get your Windows Virtual Desktops setup in your own Azure virtual network and pay for the amount of compute and storage you consume in Azure.

Think about that for a moment....let this sink in....

The most sophisticated IT and phone system you could ever hope to have for your business is paid for on a per-user, per-month basis in your Microsoft 365 subscription. Your OFFICE EXPENSE is INCLUDED inside your Microsoft 365 subscription because your virtual office is NOW MICROSOFT TEAMS. Your employee computers are now virtual and now you will only pay for the compute and data storage needed by your company on a month-to -month basis. You will be suiting up a $5,000 to $15,000/month employee resource in your company with Fortune 500 enterprise IT by using Microsoft 365 cloud services for email, files, phones, security and device controls accessed through your virtual desktop computers hosted in a Microsoft Azure data center, connected to by employee's preferred personal device that you rent. Your cost per $5,000 to $15,000 employee resource...about $60-$80/month. I mean...come on...

Windows Virtual Desktop Compared with Traditional Systems

Think about that. It doesn't work that way with traditional IT systems. With traditional IT systems, you buy a ton of server hardware and software licenses along with a ton of desktop and laptop computers, as well as expensive internal or external professional IT support services. If you took the total cost of that system over a 5-year life cycle divided by the average number of users, you'll find you have an inferior, very basic IT system with lots of blinking lights that costs about $400-$500/user/month.

Windows Virtual Desktop Scalability

Windows Virtual Desktop in Microsoft Azure can EASILY scale with your business on a DAY-BY-DAY and HOUR-BY-HOUR basis. You will ONLY pay for what you need WHEN you need it.

Last month you had 150 employees, and this month you have 160. You can whip up 10 additional computers in about 30 minutes. You'll issue them virtual computers that they will connect to through their personal computers or through inexpensive thin client computers.

Business takes a hit and you need to go from 160 computers to 120? Well, that sucks..but HEY..we can EASILY scale down from 160 to 120 computers with a change that can be made IN A FEW MINUTES saving the company 25% on their monthly Azure bill! And, depending on how you chose to set things up, there may not even be any deprovisioned computers to take back.

Need 100 computers during  business hours? Done! Need only 10 computers outside business hours? DONE! STOP WASTING MONEY and GET BETTER CONTROL OF YOUR SECURITY!

Have 2 employees starting with the company next Monday? Great - let me take 10 minutes to provision their 2 new virtual computers.

Have 1 employee leaving the company this Friday? Fine - I just disabled a single Azure Active Directory account and they no longer have access to their virtual desktop or any of the company data or 3rd party web apps because we use Azure Active Directory Single Sign-on.

No End-User Computer Refresh Cycles

With virtual computers there are NO COMPUTER REFRESH CYCLES.

Supporting users with virtual computers is 60% less expensive than physical computers, and like I said earlier, supporting thin client hardware is 90% less expensive than supporting traditional computer hardware. Put another way, it takes less internal or external professional IT support personnel to support a fully virtual computer system.

Built-in Business Continuity - No Disaster Recovery System Needed

Also, there is no separate backup and disaster recovery system needed. Why? BECAUSE BUSINESS CONTINUITY IS BUILT-IN to the Windows Virtual desktop system.

Let's say you still have a physical office and it becomes unavailable due to fire, flood, power outage, pandemic, meteor strike...whatever. All we do is connect in from our computers like we always do - except this time, from home and BOOM(!), you're running like you always have. You don't host anything at your office. Your backup office for a disaster is Microsoft Teams, and your computers are all virtually hosted in a Microsoft Azure Virtual Network. So, you have full business continuity, my friend. There is nothing to "spin up" or a backup and disaster recovery system to engage. It's just business as usual. What did all that business continuity cost you? Nothing. It is included in your Microsoft 365/Azure/Windows Virtual Desktop system. And last question...how complicated do you think it would be to write-up your business continuity plan in that case? Ha! It wouldn't even take up half a page of paper.

The Virtual Desktop Transformer© by Xerillion

You may not be ready to go 100% virtual. I get it. But, perhaps you start with a proof of concept and go from there for a small group of employees, or just the IT department. And that's where Xerillion can help. We have migrated parts of companies or entire companies over to a modern virtual desktop system in Microsoft Azure using our Virtual Desktop Transformer process. We will know exactly what questions to ask about your performance requirements, your apps, and your existing network infrastructure to plug into our Virtual Desktop Transformer to give you an easy-to-understand process flow, and a one-page summary of the one-time and monthly costs. We know how to do this efficiently, securely and we know how to drive down the cost of your Microsoft Azure subscription so you aren't wasting any money and only paying for what you need, when you need it.

If you would like to talk with us about moving your company into Windows Virtual Desktops -- either all, part or even just a proof of concept, you can setup an appointment with us by calling our office at 847-995-9800, or emailing us at suport@xerillion.com and we’ll setup the initial call.

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Wayne Chapin
CEO & Enterprise Cloud Architect
Xerillion
847-995-9800

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