Deverell Smith – Windows Virtual Desktops


Case Study for Deverell Smith


Industry: Real Estate Consultant, Employment Agency

Employee Count: 88


Company Overview

Deverell Smith provides a one-stop talent and strategic consultancy service for the property and real estate industry in the UK and around the globe.

We have worked closely in the past with Deverell Smith to ensure their business is kept up to date with the latest technologies and successfully helped them migrate their email service to Office 365.


The Problem

Deverell Smith came to Wizard wanting to embrace the cloud, move away from their dated internal servers, and reduce their infrastructure costs and maintenance burden.

With this change, they wanted to give their employees the ability to work from any location to allow flexible working whether that be on-site (hot desking) or from their home (remote working).

Handling sensitive data on a daily basis they needed a solution that would protect their data, cohere to GDPR requirements, and be easy to maintain and manage.

Being a fast-growing business they needed the ability to scale up their infrastructure as the business grows without the headache of buying and configuring more hardware in-house.


The Solution

Virtual Desktops – Windows Azure Virtual Desktops
We deployed and configured Windows Azure Virtual Desktop across all their workstations, this provided their employees with the best virtualised experience and is the only solution that is fully optimised for Windows 10 and Office 365.

Azure makes it incredibly easy to deploy and manage the company’s infrastructure, taking only minutes to scale up or down, based on business demand.

We were able to reconfigure existing thin clients to work with Azure services, this meant that no new client devices were required to be purchased, which reduced the project cost.

Virtual Profile
With Azure, we were able to setup and configure all their user profiles to the cloud allowing users to log in from any workstation whether that be on-site or remote.

Migration to Azure
To make this project work we migrated all their existing data from their in-house servers to the cloud. Having their data hosted in the cloud with Azure meant we could easily set up a robust disaster recovery plan utilising Azure backups.


The Result

  • We managed to cut their costs by reducing the requirement for physical servers and the onsite server maintenance
  • Eliminated dependencies on building infrastructure
    • Power Consumption
    • Internet Usage
  • Provide an easy to manage solution for scaling the businesses infrastructure to grow with the business
  • Implement a Disaster Recovery Plan seamlessly with Azure Backups
  • Flexibility to access anywhere anytime with for users in Ireland, New York, and remote workers
  • Provided a seamless environment where all users are provided the same good experience with the latest software and services
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