Managed Azure
Virtual Desktop (AVD)

Azure Virtual Desktop is a Windows desktop and app virtualization service that runs on the cloud. Compared to a normal PC it is more flexible, more secure and more environmentally friendly. 

What is Azure Virtual Desktop?

Microsoft describes Azure Virtual Desktop (commonly referred to as AVD) as a desktop and app virtualisation service that runs on the cloud.

In short, AVD is Windows in the Cloud.

From a user’s perspective AVD looks and feels just like a normal Windows PC. However, there are a number of significant benefits to your business owing to fact that it runs in the cloud rather than on a physical laptop or desktop computer.

With Windows in the Cloud – You Don’t Need to Run it on Your Computer.

Windows has quite a large footprint. It takes up space and uses resources on your PC, which make it run slower over time. It is also vulnerable to viruses and other malware.

Fortunately, we have a better solution…

Igel OS

You may not have heard of Igel OS.

However, for orgnanisations where security is paramount such as US Federal Government agencies including the Office for Homeland Security and NASA, Igel is the endpoint operating system of choice.

Similarly, Igel OS is commonly deployed in many of the worlds largest banks and insurance companies in order to keep their customer data safe.

With Cognition Cloud you get the same endpoint protection with Igel as these organisations. We convert your desktops and laptops to Igel OS. BYOD users can use the UD Pocket. The UD Pocket is an Igel OS on a tiny USB stick. Any compatible computer can be temporarily converted to enable secure access to Cognition Cloud workspaces. As soon as it’s unplugged, the device immediately returns to its original environment.

A Small attack surface

Igel OS has built-in security to protect and safeguard your business. Cognition Cloud has removed unnecessary features and network services in the OS. It’s only real function is to allow secure access to your cloud workspace. No data is ever stored on the device.

Read-Only and Tamper-Proof

Igel’s operating system and software reside on read-only storage partitions that cannot be changed. Additionally, they are cryptographically signed and validated at every boot to make sure that they have not been tampered with. Igel OS makes your computers a difficult and unappealing target for would be hackers.

Why should your business be using AVD?

It is more environmentally sustainable solution

Because 80% of a computer’s carbon emissions are generated during manufacture the single most effective thing you can do to reduce the carbon footprint from your IT is to use your computers for longer.

With your desktop workloads in the cloud, your existing computers can be converted to ‘thin client’ terminals. These terminals require little in the way of CPU, memory and storage and can typically be used for twice as long as traditional PCs.

A 2018 study found that using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform can be up to 93 percent more energy efficient and up to 98 percent more carbon efficient than on-premises solutions.

Azure has been a Net Zero operation since 2012. Additionally, Microsoft has made committments for Azure to

  • Use only energy from renewable sources by 2025
  • Be ‘water positive’ by 2030 (to replenish more water that they consume)
  • Have ‘zero waste’ certification by 2030

Increased Flexibility and Productivity

The ability for people to access their desktop from anywhere and on any device as long as there is an internet connection makes them more productive. Accessing the tools they need to complete their work is easy and straightforward.


First, because your data is kept in the cloud and not on your devices, the risk of losing data is all but elimited in the case of a computer being stolen or lost.

Second, Microsoft invests an estimated $1 billion in security on a yearly basis. Microsoft provides built-in identity management, backup and database security. The security toolset that is integral to Azure is contantly evolving and improving.

With hybrid work environments now the norm, businesses are more exposed to threats.

Why Cognition Cloud?

Predictable Cost

The license to use AVD is ‘free’ if you have eligible Windows, Microsoft 365, or Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Client Access Licenses.

Azure infrastructure costs on the other hand are charged based on consumption. Costs for virtual machines, storage and networking can mount up very quickly. This can make AVD seem prohibitively expensive.

As a Micrsoft Partner, Cognition Cloud has the experience and the tooling to optimise costs for the performance level that your business needs. This allows us to provide you with a fixed monthly bill. Our packages include your M365 subscription, which not only gives you access to AVD, but also the full suite of Office Applications together with Microsoft’s top level security package.

Why Cognition Cloud?

No headaches

Cognition Cloud takes all the day-to-day management and administration of your virtual desktop environment off your hands. This includes more complex tasks such as application packaging and deployment, release management and ensuring software versions are kept up to date.

Our standard package also includes endpoint software and management. It your are running Windows, your endpoints are your biggest security vulnerability. We solve this problem by removing Windows from the endpoint and putting it in the cloud. 

Sustainable. Smart. Secure.

 Cognition Cloud – Experts in
End User Computing

At Cognition Cloud we know AVD and how to make it work best for you. We are also the UK’s only authorised Igel Advisor Partner. 

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