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The Total Economic Impact Of Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop – a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting

Published: 23/07/2021

Learn about the cost savings and business benefits that companies experienced by using Azure Virtual Desktop – previously called Windows Virtual Desktop – for their virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This 2021 Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Microsoft and Intel provides a detailed analysis of the return on investment and other outcomes experienced by real customers. 

The analysis shows that potential benefits include:

  • A three-year 210 per cent return on investment and payback on the initial investment in as little as three months.
  • Reduced IT costs for maintenance, deployment and management by 59 per cent.
  • Reduced VDI licensing and infrastructure costs by up to 34 per cent.
  • Increased productivity by up to 22 person-hours through improved security response, connectivity and user onboarding.


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