Azure RemoteApp was a feature of Azure and was available only via Azure Service Management (ASM) and not in Azure Remote Management (ARM/CSP). It provided a very easy way to deliver Remote Desktop Services connections to desktop applications that were hosted in a collection of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) session hosts.
There were a few nice features about the Azure solution, including:
Microsoft announced the deprecation of Azure RemoteApp, and as one would expect, marketing told us that this was a good thing. The easy package of RemoteApp, the wrapped up pricing that didn’t require another licensing program outside of Azure, and the ability to fire up RemoteApp on demand using a PowerShell script or Azure Automation was a service liked by many.
Now customers need an alternative to Azure RemoteApp. Knowall IT provides its clients with a Turnkey RemoteApp solution; which is easy to deploy, fully managed, less expensive than a typical Azure deployment and the licensing is simple, you pay for the number of users per month combined with the amount of storage space used
Knowall vs RDS in Azure
Knowall offers a cost effective alternative to the now retired Azure RemoteApp service. You could create your own RDS farm within Azure, using Azure virtual machines, however, you will need the necessary skill set to design a scaled out RDS farm with all of the RDS components running in their own virtual machines which can be very complex.
In an Azure deployment you will typically require Virtual machines (VMs) with Active Directory domain controller and DNS roles, an RD Connection Broker and RD Licensing Server, an RD Gateway and Load Balancer, and a customisable number of RD Session Hosts along with setting up file storage, backups, and getting your Office licensing from elsewhere.
We’ve done a quick cost comparison for a typical 20 user RemoteApp solution with Office 2016 Standard, Hosted Exchange Mailboxes and file storage.
Azure RDS Farm – £949 PCM vs Knowall’s RemoteApp Solution – £800 PCM
With Knowall offering a lower price point with it’s Turnkey RemoteApp solution, when compared to building your own RDS farm, via Azure, our solution looks a lot more appealing as It’s a fully managed solution combined with 24×7 telephone and remote support, 99.99% SLAs and simply scalability, the case to build your RDS Farm just doesn’t stack up.