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Nerdio Ships Multitenant Management and Optimization Solution for Microsoft Cloud

Announced on the closing day of the vendor’s NerdioCon conference, the system is designed to help channel pros more easily monitor and manage both new and existing Windows Virtual Desktop and Azure environments. By Rich Freeman

Nerdio has released a multitenant management and optimization platform for Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) and other solutions based on Microsoft Azure.

The company announced the news on the second and closing day of NerdioCon, its first annual partner conference.

Unlike the previously available Nerdio for Azure, which is tailored to the needs of MSPs brand new to Microsoft’s public cloud, Nerdio Manager for MSP is designed to help channel pros with an existing Azure footprint more easily monitor and manage those assets.

“Within 10 minutes, you can just plug it in and start using that product with the existing environment,” said Nerdio CEO Vadim Vladimirskiy in a keynote address this morning.

The new tool also helps users deploy “greenfield” Azure infrastructures faster, he added. “It can take somewhere between two to four hours to stand up an entire environment. With Nerdio Manager for MSP, it takes less than an hour.”

In addition to WVD, the new system offers functionality for managing virtual machines, backups, and Azure Active Directory implementations, including users and groups, for multiple clients through a single console.

Users can also employ a wizard-driven cost estimator to get automated recommendations on designing and optimizing Azure environments, and view detailed per user per month spending estimates. The system then helps MSPs adjust those environments dynamically over time in response to fluctuating needs and saving opportunities.

“If you deploy WVD using all the native tools available for Microsoft today, you’re going to be running it 24 x 7, so 70, 75 percent of the time it’s going to be unutilized,” Vladimirskiy says. “You need technology like Nerdio Manager for MSP to actually figure out when those times are and how to turn it on and off and scale it in and out based on the user demand.”

According to Nerdio, auto-scaling technology in the new product can cut Azure compute and storage costs by up to 75%.

At present, Nerdio Manager for MSP doesn’t integrate with third-party PSA and RMM solutions. Links to such products are planned for the future, however, and users or vendors who wish to jumpstart that process themselves can utilize the product’s REST API today.

Nerdio currently charges subscribers to Nerdio Manager for MSP the same $12 per user per month starting rate that users of Nerdio for Azure pay. “There will be some volume tiers that we’re going to be introducing in the MSP product that are going to be a bit more aggressive than in [Nerdio for Azure],” Vladimirskiy says.

Among many features on the Nerdio Manager for MSP roadmap is one that will let users define a single desktop image and then deploy it on all of their WVD hosts.

“They’ll be able to update Windows on one machine and then push those changes out potentially to their entire customer base,” Vladimirskiy says.

Nerdio plans to continue selling, maintaining, and updating Nerdio for Azure, which includes features like support for Microsoft Remote Desktop Services not needed or included in Nerdio Manager for MSP. “We do expect that most new deployments are going to be leveraging the new product because of how easy and quick it is to get up and running,” Vladimirskiy says.

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