4 Great Ways ControlUp for VDI & DaaS Makes Azure and AVD Even Better!

ControlUp for VDI & DaaS (what you might know as Real-Time DX) is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution designed to give technology teams end-to-end visibility into desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) workloads, delivering comprehensive visibility, monitoring, troubleshooting, and remediation capabilities to Azure and Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD).

In addition to augmenting desktop-as-a-service solutions like Citrix DaaS (what used to be called Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops or CVAD, its on-prem offering) and VMware Horizon, ControlUp also adds a ton of value to Azure and AVD environments. It does this by improving the end-user experience, providing thorough system health and availability checks with proactive synthetic testing, and reduces the total cost of ownership of Azure.


Improve the Azure Virtual Desktop User Experience

ControlUp for VDI & DaaS helps IT teams reduce support ticket volume and help desk queues, improve user experience, and keep people productive. By collecting thousands of real-time metrics and distilling that data down into easy-to-view dashboards, it makes doing all this easy as 1-2-3. With ControlUp, IT administrators can easily monitor and troubleshoot Azure VMs and Azure Virtual Desktop sessions.

Among the biggest reasons our customers love ControlUp is that it’s set up to help them rapidly pinpoint the root cause of common end-user computing issues, such as long logon durations, poor application performance, and slow home networking and Wi-Fi issues. Customers can also maximize resources and enhance their end-user experience with Azure Virtual Desktop-tailored, out-of-the-box script actions and automations, like scheduled triggers based on state-changes. Learn more about how to automate Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) with ControlUp.

Here’s a demo video on how you can use ControlUp for VDI & DaaS to monitor Azure and AVD resources, gain visibility into client network connectivity, and control your Azure subscription cost using ControlUp automation.


ControlUp Real-Time DX – Azure & AVD Demo from ControlUp on Vimeo.


Ensure Azure Virtual Desktop Health and Availability

When it comes to measuring the current state of your Azure and AVD environments, ControlUp for VDI & DaaS makes it simple with a single-pane-of-glass view into health metrics. Its Top Insights dashboard summarizes daily key findings and highlights anomalies in your environment, key performance indicators (KPIs), as well as other metrics that could negatively affect the performance of your environment. One of the best things about using ControlUp is that performance metrics in our dashboards give you information about how your environment compares to our Global Benchmark, which consists of anonymized data we aggregate for all ControlUp customers.

What’s more, ControlUp keeps up to a year of historical reporting, which can help IT admins take advantage of key metrics and trending information to gain understanding of past performance issues and forecast when you might need to scale up or scale out your environment. The monthly Top Windows Errors report can further aid system administrators in pinpointing issues in the environment and help increase overall stability of their machines.

ControlUp for VDI & DaaS (Real-Time DX) comes with proactive synthetic testing capabilities, which deliver continuous availability testing for AVD and applications, Azure Active Directory, network connectivity, as well as web applications and services. This helps you stay on top of any impact to the availability of your Azure Virtual Desktop environment and allows you to drill down into the cause of any issues before they affect productivity. Aside from self-monitoring, ControlUp also equips you with proactive alerts that trigger when availability is compromised.


Reduce the Cost of Azure and AVD

ControlUp can help you maximize the total cost of ownership of Azure and Azure Virtual Desktop. “But how?” you might ask. Simple. ControlUp allows you to control your IT spend by doing things like giving IT teams real-time monitoring of state changes for faster automation execution. It can reduce session timers—after-hours—by logging-off an idle user after a specific period of inactivity. This is key when running workloads in Azure because you are billed by the second for usage. In addition to built-in automations to stop and deallocate machines to stop the meter, ControlUp can also optimize your deallocated Azure VMs to help save you money. Learn more about how to Reduce Costs and Optimize Azure Virtual Desktop.



Be Cloud-Ready with ControlUp

Another important way that ControlUp improves Azure and Azure Virtual Desktop environments is by helping with migrations to the cloud. In the case of a leading global mining group that focuses on finding, mining, and processing the Earth’s mineral resources—ControlUp checked the company’s session health and validated high-performant machines prior to migrating to Azure. Then, once in the migration to Azure was complete, they made sure their environment was running smoothly with ControlUp‘s clean and simple monitoring dashboards. ControlUp gave the company peace of mind and made sure that their cloud migration was everything that they hoped it would be and more! ControlUp is a great tool to ensure that you are set up for success prior to and after your cloud migration to Azure.


Get started today

When it comes to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop-as-a-service (DaaS), including Azure Virtual Desktop environments, ControlUp for VDI & DaaS has you covered. Start a free trial today, and see how ControlUp can simplify monitoring, troubleshooting and remediating IT issues, tracking the health and availability of your environment, help to reduce the cost of Azure, and help you in your cloud migration journey today!


About the author

Joel Stocker

Joel Stocker is a technologist's technologist. An industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in End-User Computing (EUC), he's held numerous technical field sales and product roles at Citrix. Never one to settle, Joel always seeks to unlock the super powers of ControlUp technology and expand its usefulness for our customers. All of this, paired with a genuine love of technology and the ways it can change business (not to mention incisive wit and witticism) helps him help our customers and partners improve their EUC infrastructure and deliver stellar end-user experiences.