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ArticlesAugust 05, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

Azure Ephemeral OS Disks: What Are They and How Do They Benefit MSPs?

Virtual Machines in Azure run on top of the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor on physical hardware inside Azure data centers around the world.  Each VM can be attached to two types of storage: Local and Remote.    Local VM Storage  This type is non-persistent (i.e. volatile) storage that is internal to the physical Hyper-V host that a VM is running on at any given time.  As soon as...

ArticlesJuly 16, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

What MSPs Need to Know About Azure Lighthouse

On July 11th, 2019, just three days before Inspire, Microsoft announced the general availability of a new Azure technology called Azure Lighthouse.  Lighthouse promises to provide “capabilities for cross customer management at scale for partners to differentiate and benefit from greater efficiency and automation.”  A great, deep under-the-hood overview of Azure Lighthouse can be found...

ArticlesJuly 11, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

How to Migrate to Microsoft Azure: Strategies for MSPs

Cloud migration is a broad and complex topic. Having automated and assisted Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with over 1,000 customer cloud deployments, we’ve developed deep expertise on the topic and numerous best-practices to ensure the projects are successful.   In this article, we’ll review several migration strategies across the most relevant dimensions of the IT...

ArticlesJuly 02, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

Azure Reserved Instances Explained

In this article, we will take a detailed look at how Azure Reserved Instances affect the cost of Azure compute consumption.  This is not an introductory article, but more of a 300-level illustration using a specific example to demonstrate the salient points.  If you’re not familiar with Reserved Instances, take a look at Lever 2 of How to Make More Money...

ArticlesJuly 01, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

Breaking Down Azure VM Series: A, B, D, E, N 

Virtual Machines (VMs) in Azure come in predefined sizes that are called  families  or  series.  An individual VM is often referred to as an  instance.  Different VM families are designed for common use-cases and are comprised of certain amounts of CPU cores and GB of RAM.  It’s not possible to arbitrarily mix and match CPU...

ArticlesJune 27, 2019Joseph LandesChief Revenue Officer

Demystifying Azure Site Recovery

One of the most common questions we get from MSPs who are in the process of building a cloud practice in Microsoft Azure is “what is Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and when should I use it?”  Let’s review this important Azure service from Microsoft and its relevance to MSPs.   Why does ASR exist?  Azure Site...

ArticlesJune 14, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

Using Nerdio to Manage Existing Azure Deployments 

The Nerdio Admin Portal (NAP) is a multi-tenant, single-pane-of-glass portal that allows MSPs to manage all of their Azure deployments securely in one place and across all aspects of the IT environment. The NAP can manage VMs, storage, networking, backup, autoscaling, users, virtual desktops, Office 365, mailboxes, security, and much more – all in a...

ArticlesJune 12, 2019Vadim VladimirskiyFounder & CEO, Nerdio

An MSP’s Guide to Running and Licensing SQL Server in Azure 

One of the most common workloads that MSPs support for their customers are line-of-business applications with a SQL Server database back-end.  This also happens to be one of the more popular Azure workloads.  Microsoft has created several SQL offerings in Azure, including Azure SQL and SQL Managed Instance.  However, most MSPs prefer to start out with...

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