The deal, which makes Quebec-based SherWeb Nerdio’s first distribution partner, is designed to help the software maker accelerate adoption outside the U.S. of its comprehensive online network-in-a-box solution for SMBs, which includes virtual servers and desktops as well as collaboration, productivity, BDR, security, and administration software.
Nerdio has no plans at present to sign distribution agreements with additional partners, according to a company spokesperson.
“This distribution agreement with SherWeb is an important milestone for us to expand global market access to Nerdio,” said CEO Vadim Vladimirskiy in a media statement. “We’re thrilled by this opportunity to offer Nerdio’s unique IT automation technology to a wider audience of [cloud solution providers] and SMBs. Our goal has always been to make it simple and painless for more organizations to harness the power of Azure, without any associated burdens. It’s a privilege to share this journey with the SherWeb team, and democratize access to the Microsoft Cloud so that organizations can achieve more.”
First developed by a managed services provider in Chicago for use with its own customers, Nerdio has been available for resale by other MSPs since 2016. The system was initially hosted exclusively on a private cloud infrastructure, but has been hosted in the Microsoft Azure public cloud as well since June of last year.
SherWeb is one of a handful of authorized 2-tier distributors in Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider program.
“When we first began investigating new products to expand our Azure offerings, we focused on differentiation as a key factor,” said Mathieu Leblanc, director of partner success at SherWeb, in a press statement. “We immediately recognized that Nerdio for Azure would give us and our partners the necessary competitive edge in the Azure market.”
SherWeb found Nerdio’s simplicity impressive as well, according to Jason Brown, SherWeb’s vice president of products.
“The biggest value for our partners and end-customers is the utter ease and rapidity of deployment,” he said in prepared remarks. “It’s astounding that it requires absolutely no Azure expertise to provision a fully functional RDS environment—something that would otherwise necessitate expensive IT resources, not to mention days to weeks to complete.
“The speed of action in managing IT environments is equally as impressive, as ongoing maintenance represents another big challenge for our customers,” Brown continued. “Nerdio reduces previously tedious, manual tasks to the simplicity of point-and-click.”
Partners have had the ability to sell Nerdio on a white-label basis since October of last year.