How to Achieve Azure Solutions Partner Designation in the New Microsoft Cloud Partner Program

July marked the start of Microsoft’s new fiscal year. Among a long list of new product features, integrations and initiatives that are expected in the year ahead, the evolution of the Microsoft cloud partner program is one that we are thrilled to see come to fruition.  

We have talked many times at Nerdio about the need to become a modern, cloud MSP (managed service provider) and move your practice and clients to the cloud. Well folks – the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program is the big neon sign, from the most influential vendor in the small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) market, echoing and amplifying that message.   

Our new white paper helps partners fully comprehend how they can fast track their Azure Infrastructure solution provider designation and obtain a competitive advantage in the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program much quicker by leveraging several out-of-the-box Nerdio Manager benefits. 

Download our white paper for the comprehensive guide or read below for key need-to-knows regarding the new partner program changes and Solutions Partner designations.  

What Are the Benefits of Being a Microsoft (Cloud) Partner? 

Microsoft has one of the largest, and most comprehensive partner programs in the software landscape. Over 400,000 partners from all over the world benefit from their partnership with the Redmond-based giant. If you are looking for a place to sign up to become a Microsoft partner, check out Microsoft’s site.  

Becoming part of Microsoft’s new Cloud Partner Program will allow you to stand out from other MSPs who are still living in the on-premises world and who have not committed to building a cloud MSP.  

As part of the program, you also will qualify for benefits including Azure Production and Dev/Test credits and Product Benefits (formerly known as Internal Use Rights (IUL)) for important Microsoft cloud products including Microsoft 365, Power BI, and more. 

Microsoft Silver and Gold Competencies Shift to Solutions Partner Designations  

One of the biggest changes in the new Microsoft Cloud Partner Program is the shift from the well-known silver and gold competencies to Solutions Partner designations.  

Microsoft introduced silver and gold competencies in 2009 to help Microsoft partners grow faster and highlight their unique expertise among the competitive market of providers leveraging Microsoft technologies. When comparing two potential providers, SMBs could use these competencies to easily tell which were experts in the specific technology area they needed assistance with, be it cloud platform and datacenter, business application integration, etc. The same goes for the new Solutions Partner designations that also reinforce that your MSP is an expert in cloud aka the future of IT.  

The new Solutions Partner designations can be obtained on October 3, 2022. However, September 30, 2022 is the last date to renew legacy silver and gold competencies. 

How Do I Attain a Solutions Partner Designation? And Which Designation Should My MSP Pursue?   

The Solutions Partner designation most relevant to Nerdio partners and MSPs who understand the value of having their clients and operations in the cloud is the Infrastructure (Azure) designation. The Infrastructure designation showcases your MSP can help customers accelerate their migration of key infrastructure workloads to Azure. You can find a list of other designations linked here.  

To qualify for any Solutions Partner designation, you must obtain a minimum Partner Capability Score of 70 (of 100 points maximum) across five metrics – Performance, Skilling (Intermediate), Skilling (Advanced), Customer Success (Usage Growth) and Customer Success (Deployments). 

Resources to Help Understand New Microsoft Cloud Partner Program Requirements and Benefits 

In addition to our white paper, explore additional resources including those from our partners Microsoft, Pax8 and Sherweb that help explain the new program benefits and associated partner opportunities. 

Are You Ready for the Microsoft Cloud Partner Program?  

Contact us today to discuss your Azure needs and how we can help you grow your Azure practice and achieve important distinction in the Microsoft partner ecosystem. And don’t forget to download Nerdio Manager for MSP for 30-days free from the Azure Marketplace!  

Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Jenae Gay

  1. What’s your role here at Nerdio? What do you do on a day-to-day basis and how do you help partners/customers?  

I’m an Administrative Assistant for the Events team. On a day-to-day basis I primarily work on our training camp events that take place globally! I mostly focus on coordinating the US training camps. I am responsible for the various event deliverables to make our training camps a success from pre- to post- event! That process entails locating the venue and planning event logistics with the venue staff, managing guest registration and communication of all event details, ensuring event inventory arrives to the venue, and organizing leads from our events to get generated to the marketing department.  

  1. What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know/couldn’t guess?  

I grew up singing and dancing! I’ve done pretty much every style of dance my whole life–jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, you name it– and I used to sing in the church and performed a bit in high school, as well! 

  1. What’s one technology advancement you hope to see or think we will see in the next ten years?  

 I can definitely see an increased advancement in productivity-based technology. A lot of technological advances are based in helping the user save time and use It efficiently, whether it’s for business purposes or everyday household use like Roombas. I can see that continuing for sure over the next ten years.  

  1. What are three albums you’d bring with you to a deserted island?  

If I could bring three albums to a deserted island, they would be: Beyonce’s Renaissance, Rihanna’s Anti, and definitely a Best of the 80’s album. 

  1. In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding part of working for Nerdio?  

The most rewarding part is the culture. I’ve been searching for a company that truly values their employees and works hard, but also emphasizes a work life balance. Nerdio is exactly what I was looking for, in that they really prioritize all three. I also appreciate the fact that we are a smaller team but we continue to produce and achieve a lot within the industry.  

  1. What sitcom family or friend group would you choose to be a part of?  

The Office for sure. Reality TV wise, I would love to be a part of any of the Real Housewives Series 

  1. Besides a standard computer, what is the earliest piece of technology you remember owning? The first piece of technology I owned was an iPod Shuffle, the really small one which didn’t even have a screen. 
  1. You joined Nerdio in April. What drew you to join Nerdio’s team? 

I was looking for a role with more responsibility, so the role itself drew me in naturally. I also really did love my interview with Michele Spirk. I felt like we really connected and had similar experiences in the events industry, and I knew I’d really enjoy working with her and the Events team. Another draw was having a remote position. I wanted to get into the tech industry and keep working in events and wanted to coordinate and plan events with the option of not always attending the events in person. After the lack of job security during the pandemic in the events industry due to the in-person nature, a remote job involving tech and events seemed perfect. I also really appreciated the company values.  

  1. What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned while working in tech?  

The most valuable thing I’ve learned is how important workflows are to maximizing your productivity, as well as the resources we utilize. I’ve learned over the last few months how many things are connected to our partners and customers. I’ve also had a closeup view of how important events are in the tech industry, and the integrations and workflows are a huge component of making our events successful.  

  1. What’s a current technology trend you’re passionate about?  

I’m really passionate about the integration of technology together to increase productivity. The way technology works together, with cloud-based technologies for example, to make different aspects and tasks in life more convenient and allow people to operate more efficiently is really great.  

Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Pete Langas

  1. What’s your role here at Nerdio? What do you do on a day-to-day basis and how do you help partners/customers? 

My role is enterprise sales for the Northeast region…every day I’m helping customers deploy, manage and optimize Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktops and Windows 365 using Nerdio. I also help partners learn about Nerdio and how to use it to help their customers with virtual desktop initiatives. 

  1. What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know/couldn’t guess? 

I sing and play keyboards and guitar in a dad band called Artificially Hip. We’re been playing at local bars, events and fundraisers for the last 9 years or so. There are 6 of us, 5 dads and one mom. We play a mix of classic rock, pop and a little country. 

  1. What’s one technology advancement you hope to see or think we will see in the next ten years? 

Flying cars… assuming this can be done without a large carbon footprint, the ability to have a personal vehicle or semi personal vehicle to get from place to place quickly without having to use a road would be amazing.

  1. What are three books you’d bring with you to a deserted island?

Beach Music by Pat Conroy, The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway. 

  1. In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding part of working for Nerdio? 

The most rewarding part is contributing to our mission of helping customers succeed. We know if our customers are successful, we’ll be successful. Every day is filled with collaboration with coworkers and discussions with partners and customers, all geared towards better virtual desktop experiences

  1. What sitcom family or friend group would you choose to be a part of? 

Ted Lasso…I would love to be in the Diamond Dogs, and I think I’d give good advice.  

  1. Besides a standard computer, what is the earliest piece of technology you remember owning? 

I think I’d have to go with a Walkman. That was a big deal when it came out. I saved my money from my mowing lawns to get one. And then I used it when I mowed which made the work a little more tolerable. 

  1. You’ve been with Nerdio for a while now. What’s motivated you to stick around? 

We have an amazing group of people and an amazing product. I have worked at places that had one or the other, but rarely both at the same time. When you are able to work together to give customers a solution that impacts real challenges they have, it’s really cool. 

  1. What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned while working in tech? 

Tech moves extremely fast. There is a great innovation and everything gets exponentially better, smaller, cheaper, faster very quickly. This means you have to be thinking about the future, and it also opens up many opportunities. 

  1. What’s a current technology trend you’re passionate about? 

I have been talking about the “year of the virtual desktop” for probably 12 years or so. I think it’s here! Fortunately I’m with a company that believes the same thing and has a product that helps with virtual desktops.

NerdioCon 2023 Registration Is Now Open!

In case you haven’t heard, we’re heading back to gorgeous Cancun, Mexico next year for our annual partner conference — NerdioCon! And, in addition to offering business and technical tracks for Managed Service Providers (MSPs), we are adding a new Enterprise track for our partners and system integrators (SIs) serving mid-size and large enterprises using Nerdio Manager for Enterprise.  

With dates confirmed for February 27 – March 2, 2023, at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, we are pleased to open registration to the general public today.

As first dibs to NerdioCon and NerdioCon tickets and discounts are benefits of our new partner program, Partnerd – registration has been open for existing partners for the next two weeks. Parnerds receive NerdioCon tickets, ticket discounts and lodging codes based off their program tier.

To register for NerdioCon or to sign up for updates when general registration opens, please visit our event site www.nerdiocon.com. You’ll also want to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook to stay apprised of newly added speakers, sponsors and sessions this Fall.  

We recommend attendees register as early as possible. Space is limited and NerdioCon conference tickets and lodging will be booked separately this year. Guests may extend the NerdioCon group rate to book up to three additional days onto their stay, incurred at their own expense. Once lodging capacity is reached at the Grand Fiesta, guests will be referred by Nerdio to an adjacent resort to book their stay.  

Missed NerdioCon 2022 and not sure what the hype is about? Check out the video below. 

Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Bas van Kaam

  1. What’s your role here at Nerdio? What do you do on a day to day basis and how do you help partners and customers?

As EMEA Field CTO I am responsible for the day to day business in my region, though I try to help out where I can. I’m part of the Enterprise team, however, you could say I wear multiple hats as I focus on the MSP side of the business as well. 

This includes various sales and marketing activities as well as interacting with customers and partners daily discussing their Azure and AVD challenges and, or needs. I showcase Nerdio where and whenever I can, answer questions, as well as signing up new Nerdio partners and welcoming them to our Enterprise and MSP programs. 

I present on a regular basis, visit events (in-person and virtual) as well as customers / partners locally to do workshops and / or evangelize Nerdio in-person. I also like to write and generate as much content as possible (blog posts, helping w/ our KB library, exam curriculums, social posts, tech comparisons, whitepapers, etc.). 

A bit of support here and there, but nowhere near as sophisticated as some of the other guys and girls part of our support team (always learning)! I run the Nerdio NVP program, come up with (general) ideas every now and again, and I’m trying to stay as interactive as possible. 

  1. What’s a fun fact about you that most people don’t know/couldn’t guess?

 I’m not sure if it’s fun, but a couple of years ago I finished the Burpee Mile, three times. One of the hardest and fun things I’ve done, sports-wise. 

  1. What’s one technology advancement you hope to see or think we will see in the next ten years? 

It has nothing to do with the business we are in currently, though I am interested to see how different blockchain technologies, and the crypto currencies that come with will find their way into modern society. I mean, it feels like crypto/blockchain has been around forever, but we’re just getting started and scratching the surface of what is possible. 

World-wide financial markets and regulations will play a major role in all this, and of course with everything going on globally (conflicts, inflation, pandemic(s), shortages, interest rates, etc.) there is a lot of uncertainty currently, financially and otherwise. Let’s hope things will get back to “normal”, whatever that means exactly. And not just for the sake of the above, of course! 

  1. What are three movies you’d bring with you to a deserted island? 

The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars (the originals from the 70’s and 80’s), and The Negotiator. 

  1. In your opinion, what’s the most rewarding part of working for Nerdio? 

At Nerdio we solve real-word (IT/Cloud) problems. Every day companies come to us for help and advice, even if they do not end up “buying” Nerdio we are able to point them in the right direction and help them on their way. It is great to see our customers and partners be successful and the appreciation they show in return. I think it’s fair to say that I’ve made many new friends along the way. Being able to contribute to their and our success in general is what drives me. There’s no better feeling. 

  1. What sitcom family or friend group would you choose to be a part of? 

Friends. Have seen it over and over, and over, etc… “We were on a break!!!”. Love it. 

  1. Besides a standard computer, what is the earliest piece of technology you remember owning? A Walkman, I think. I’m a bit older 😊 so it’s getting harder to recall these kinds of things. It could be a digital watch of some sort. 
  1. You’ve been with Nerdio for a while now. What’s motivated you to stick around? 

The people, the team, the vision, ambition, technology, our partners, the success – it’s a long list to be honest. The vision of our leadership team and the way the company is run is remarkable. Though, lines are extremely short and doors are always open to anyone. We all “sweep the floor” no exceptions, which is amazing to see and unique mindset to have. Being able to contribute to the growth of Nerdio over the years has been, and still is, extremely satisfying and hopefully I will be able to do so for many more years to come! 

  1. What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned while working in tech? 

Be yourself and believe in yourself, share your thoughts and ask questions. Don’t focus too much on, or copy others. It’s something I tried/did many years ago, and I know of many others who did and still do today, in the end it just doesn’t work. I realize all this can be hard, and for some it might take many years before it comes to that, same here, as I am quite an insecure person by nature – like many (IT professionals) are. Keep pushing, you’ll get there in the end. 

Getting things done, don’t just talk or “dream” about them. I certainly do sometimes, I think we all do, but taking action and putting an idea into practice is a great feeling, successful, or not. At least you tried. 

  1. What’s a current technology trend you’re passionate about? 

AVD and cloud, obviously. I am lucky to be where I am, being able to see the constant change that cloud brings to organizations of all sizes, in a good way, is exciting to be part of. But just as with blockchain/cryptocurrencies, like I mentioned previously, we’re just getting started. The way Nerdio keeps disrupting the market is another trend I’m passionate about. Being able to do what we do requires a special team of people, mindset and drive, It is by far the best and most exciting job I have ever had!

NerdioCon 2023 Location Announced! 

Back in late February we kicked off NerdioCon 2022, our first-ever in-person user conference and industry event. It was a smashing success and one met with a fantastic reception by the global managed service provider (MSP) and channel community.  

Not only were we able to engage in-person with partners and MSPs from all over the world – but they were able to meet, learn and connect with each other and the channel’s top vendors and thought leaders. Attendee feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing appreciations for the venue, location, and dedication to creating community.  

But the question on everyone’s mind (and in our inboxes!) is undoubtedly… “Where and when will NerdioCon 2023 take place?!” 

The number of inquiries about this in the months following NerdioCon 2022 already has us super excited for our next user conference. And thinking hard on how we can replicate the success of this year’s event with a dedicated enterprise track for our Nerdio Manager for Enterprise customers and community. While many details are still being ironed out – we couldn’t hold our tongues anymore.  

We’re announcing that we will be returning to beautiful Cancun, Mexico in February 2023 for another amazing all-inclusive event!  

Watch prominent channel leaders from Nerdio, Datto, Pax8 and Blackpoint Cyber in the video above discuss NerdioCon highlights and overall takeaways. Sign up at www.nerdiocon.com to stay informed on event updates and when tickets go on sale!  

Nerdio Training Camp – What to Expect and MSP Takeaways

In partnership with Microsoft and Intel, Nerdio Training Camp allows MSP technical staff to spend the day with us growing their Azure knowledge and learning the technical skills needed to be successful with Microsoft’s virtual desktop services. The one-day, in-person workshop provides hands-on learning where attendees can build a completed Azure Virtual Desktop or Windows 365 environment from scratch — learning everything from the basics to 300 level provisioning and administration skills.  

This is a completely FREE opportunity to provide MSP technical staff with valuable training to help them better understand Azure, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) and Windows 365, and how to easily manage them all in Nerdio Manager for MSP. In doing so, this helps MSPs to efficiently and easily extend the benefits of these services to their clients while keeping costs low, margins high, and employees satisfied and engaged.  

Take a look at the detailed workshop agenda for more insight into the Training Camp content and scroll below for real-life feedback from Camp attendees and photos from our first event in Philadelphia on April 6. And register for one of our upcoming events near you!

Attendee Feedback, Highlights + Photos  

Ongoing management of AVD environments involves understanding and using all of the Azure services AVD runs on as well as elements like image and storage management, host pool creation and maintenance, updating security permissions, and much more. It can often be intimidating and time-intensive to learn the ins and outs of the service and how to best optimize and manage it.  

We connected with attendees of the Philadelphia event and wanted to share a few of their self-reported educational benefits of Training Camp that speak how it can help MSP staff easily and better manage AVD.

### 

“I came out of the Philly training camp with more confidence in AVD than ever before, as well as meeting other IT professionals who have shared similar hurdles as myself. Thanks for putting this together, I had a great time!” 

  • Tyler Reino, Systems Engineer, Overview Technology Solutions 

“I felt that the pacing was perfect, and it really helped to be in a room with people who are at so many different parts of their Nerdio/AVD journey. It helped remove some of the mystery and makes me feel like we aren’t behind the curve when asking questions or looking at different ways to grow our business. Though I didn’t have questions personally, the environment was comfortable where I felt as though I could have asked anything. 

The most helpful area of the training for me was reviewing the correct upgrade paths for images. Seeing the “best practices” really turned some lightbulbs on for us. Scripted actions are something we haven’t utilized previously but have already created a plan for going forward. The mini session during lunch where you explained the factors that matter when purchasing reserved instances was critical to helping me feel confident with future projects.” 

  • Chris Morozin, President, VMX Technologies

Register Now!

Register yourself (or your team) for an upcoming Camp in Tampa, Dallas, LA, Chicago or Toronto via this registration and landing page

Nerdio Welcomes Gavriella Schuster to Board of Directors 

It seems every other week we are welcoming a new team member as we continue to help more customers and partners from all over the world successfully optimize their virtual desktop environments in Microsoft Azure. We’ve welcomed new hires in Australia and the UK recently, in addition to expanding our MSP and enterprise sales teams based in the U.S.! 

And we are extremely proud and excited to share today that Gavriella Schuster has been appointed to Nerdio’s board of directors.  

As a leading diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) advocate and former Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Gavriella is a widely recognized business leader, particularly within the channel community given her tenure as Microsoft’s Global Channel Chief. She has been a friend and collaborator to Nerdio over the years and recently presented at NerdioCon 2022 to our MSP partners and attendees about growing their businesses through DEI. You can check out her ALLIES eBook for a framework anyone can use to become an ally through six simple actions. 

We are incredibly excited to continue our global expansion with the involvement and support of Gavriella and our other board members. She joins Bret Maxwell, MK Capital; Harry Zoberman, Zoberman Advisory Group; and Andy Lees, another former top Microsoft executive with extensive product and enterprise go-to-market (GTM) expertise. Additionally, our CEO and co-founder, Vadim Vladimirskiy is a member of the board.  

Our Chief Revenue Officer Joseph Landes had the opportunity to sit down with Gavriella for a conversation around her decision to join the company in this new capacity and what lies ahead for Nerdio.  

Read our press release and check out the video below for additional details.   

Introducing Nerdio Manager for Enterprise Premium Edition  

Business and IT are progressively intertwined as enterprise organizations tackle remote and hybrid work initiatives and execute digital transformation at scale. IT needs to have a strong strategy and investments to support the growth of the business, its customers, and employees in the future. But it also must support all of these components today without downtime or operational disruption.  

Since its launch in 2020, enterprises across verticals have turned to Nerdio Manager for Enterprise to tackle both in tandem with a move to Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD). Today we are excited to introduce Nerdio Manager for Enterprise Premium edition that accommodates and addresses the needs of enterprise organizations with large or complex deployments of AVD.  

Nerdio Manager for Enterprise Premium Features 

Nerdio Manager for Enterprise Premium edition includes support for multiple deployment architectures such as cross-sovereign Azure cloud AVD deployments (i.e., Azure Government Cloud) and split Azure AD tenant AVD deployments. Other features include advanced auto-scaling and storage optimizations, automated Windows 365 license management, disaster recovery options, custom RBAC (Role Based Access Control) roles, per-user and per-group Azure cost attribution, REST API, Azure DevOps support, and so much more. 

Choosing Between the Premium and Standard Editions  

Please visit our Nerdio Manager for Enterprise Plans & Pricing page for a side-by-side comparison of features available in the Premium and Standard editions. You have the ability to “show Premium features only” by selecting the button as shown below.  

Since the product’s launch, we have added a TON of complex, advanced features that bring a lot of value in reducing the complexity of AVD deployments and migrations. However, not all companies’ AVD journeys will be complex. Customers who do not have a need for the above features should consider using the Standard edition.  

If you need assistance determining which edition best fits your organization’s needs, contact our team today for a free consultation.  

Test Drive Nerdio Manager for Enterprise Premium FREE for 30 Days  

You can trial Nerdio Manager for Enterprise free for 30 days by heading to our Azure Marketplace listing. Once you’re on the page, click “Get It Now” to get started with your trial. Are you a current NME customer? Leave a review on our page by clicking the ‘Ratings + Reviews’ tab!  

All new trials of Nerdio Manager for Enterprise will be the Premium edition. This allows you to experience all the powerful, advanced features available in the product. Admins can downgrade to the Standard edition at any time during the trial, or even after, in the Nerdio Manager portal.  

NME Case Study: U.S. Local Government Succeeds with Azure Virtual Desktop

Pivoting to Azure Virtual Desktop  

When a large city in Oklahoma decided in mid 2021 to move 3,000 of its employees to Microsoft’s Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD), previous experimentations with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) raised concerns around implementation and how security, management and enabling collaboration tools for remote collaboration would work in AVD.  

Security and recoverability capabilities of cloud environments were strong considerations as the City made their decision to transition to AVD. Other influencing factors in choosing Microsoft’s service centered around their needs regarding rapid deployment and streamlined management and reusing and extending the life of a variety of aging PCs used across their workforce.  

To ensure these needs were met and the AVD proof-of-concept (POC) was successful, Microsoft introduced the City to Nerdio and NComputing. Both companies are preferred Microsoft partners that are compatible with the Azure Government Cloud and have demonstrated results and experience working with state and local government organizations. As the City’s Chief Information Officer explained, “Finding the right vendors to make our Azure Virtual Desktop proof-of-concept a success was pivotal in scaling our secure computing environment and cloud-first approach. The support and hands-on assistance from both Nerdio and NComputing were top-notch and high touch.”  

Implementing A Cloud-First Mentality in Tandem  

Before using AVD, the City used a variety of individual systems and hardware that made IT management cumbersome due to differing system updates, software licensing, hardware compatibilities, security considerations and more. The City’s IT department at the time of the AVD POC had a staff-to-support ratio of 1:100 – so it was clear they needed solutions that could optimize and streamline IT management and provide automation to maximize the staff’s time and efforts.   

Additionally, being a cloud-first organization was an important element to the City’s transition to AVD. As their CIO detailed, “We decided to take a cloud-first approach. Users had to convince us they could not use the cloud to be exempt.”  

Because NComputing’s LEAF OS allows a desktop, laptop, or thin client to be reborn as a cloud computing device, the City was able to extend the life of their PCs and hardware investment by repurposing a variety of Dell and HP devices into high-performing Linux AVD endpoints. Leaf OS also helped support the City’s collaboration objectives via the cloud, enabling them to run both Microsoft Teams and Zoom within AVD sessions with ease.  

By deploying Nerdio Manager for Enterprise, the City’s IT department was able to manage a larger number of virtual desktop users without disrupting employee experience. This saved the City a significant amount of time and reduced desktop deployments that used to take weeks to just a few hours, enabling the City to quickly and efficiently equip its workforce with their preferred workspaces and apps. Additionally, Nerdio’s centralized management interface allowed IT staff to more easily manage hundreds of users at scale and quicken help desk responses because access issues could easily be involved by any level of IT staff.  

Modern, Scalable and Empowered IT  

In using Nerdio Manager for Enterprise, the City was able to aggressively speed up their transition to AVD while creating an IT environment that’s much more robust, secure, and scalable than their previous on-premises solutions. They were able to deploy over 600 users within the first month and easily manage all Azure services that AVD relies on. 

“Nerdio was instrumental in our move to Azure Virtual Desktop. They were able to quickly migrate all our existing applications and resources to the new cloud environment and greatly streamline ongoing management for our IT department.” 

Because the City utilized remote, highly secure datacenters in Azure, they did not need to buy servers or additional infrastructure nor worry about planning investments around government budget cycles. Nerdio’s free Cost Estimator also helped the City determine what their Azure costs would be and how much they would save using Nerdio Manager.  

It was a helpful tool used during the evaluation and purchasing phases, but surprise still resulted for the City after seeing an average savings of $10,000 per month when using Nerdio Manager and AVD. In addition to cost savings, the time saved on AVD management and maintenance was significant because Nerdio Manager could be used by any IT staff member, regardless of their level, technical expertise or certifications in Azure.  

Find Nerdio in the Azure Marketplace at nerdio.co/nme and download our case study here.