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Nerdio Manager + Our Road to One Million Users

At Nerdio, we believe strongly in the concept of every individual using a virtual desktop capable of providing them with their optimal work interface and online environment. So, with a great deal of pride, we are thrilled to announce that Nerdio now has reached over one million users across the Nerdio Manager products.  

We are in the early days of mass desktop virtualization – with over one billion Windows devices operating in the world, only a small percentage of those are virtualized. We are also in the early days of our company.  

Reaching one million users is an incredible and exciting milestone for us as a Series A-funded startup. But even more so because Nerdio Manager for Enterprise was only launched in March 2020, and Nerdio Manager for MSPs in February 2021 – and as exciting as our momentum has been to-date, we truly believe we are just scratching the surface.  

With Microsoft’s investments in Azure Virtual Desktop and now Windows 365, the market is starting to realize something we have believed for years—that this technology is the real deal, making our vision possible at scale.  

These developments have been powerful drivers and motivators for our company these past few years as we’ve built and delivered upon our mission to empower Enterprises and MSPs to deploy, manage and optimize virtual desktops in the Microsoft cloud.  

Thank you to all of our partners, customers, employees, and stakeholders for placing their trust in us and growing with us.  

Nerdio By the Numbers  

  • Thousands of partners and customers, including: Global MSP partners around the world and strong distributor partnerships with leading companies like Pax8, TD Synnex, Sherweb, Ingram Micro, Intcomex, MicroWarehouse, rhipe and more. 
  • 50+ Enterprise EUC partners. 
  • We have customers and partners using Nerdio Manager in 37 countries.  
  • We have employees all over the world
  • We’ve supported over 3,500 virtual desktop deployments.  
  • We are 100% fully remote and loving it.
  • We’ve more than doubled our team this year.  
  • We routinely can save customers up to 75% off their Azure storage and compute costs.  
  • Our solutions are championing secure remote work across industries, including healthcaregovernmenteducationmanufacturingfinancial services, and legal.  

The Road Ahead  

Gartner predicts DaaS spending to reach $2.7B next year – more than doubling in total from 2020. Over the past year we’ve seen Microsoft’s Azure business grow by more than 50 percent as organizations of every size and vertical have leaned into cloud technologies to support flexible and remote work.  

We’re inspired by these numbers and industry traction, but also the opportunity they present as our momentum is reflective overall of the growing interest and adoption of Azure and VDI/DaaS solutions to support remote work. 

Again, to all our partners and customers who have allowed us to be part of your cloud, Azure and virtual desktop journeys and successes so far – thank you.  

In front of us exists an incredible opportunity to shape the future of desktop virtualization and IT management at a time unlike any other given the convergence of digital transformation and desktop virtualization efforts alongside ubiquitous connectivity. 

We’ve relished and enjoyed the road so far and are even more motivated by what lies ahead.   


Multi-Cloud and On-Premises Deployment with Azure Stack HCI (Coming Soon)

Deploy Azure Virtual Desktop in Azure and extend the session host VM placement to on-premises and other cloud using Azure Stack HCI. Nerdio Manager automates deployment of session hosts, AVD agent installation, and full integration into the AVD deployment in Azure.

Create a brand new Azure Virtual Desktop environment or allow Nerdio Manager to discover an existing deployment, connecting to existing resources, and manage them.

Deploy Nerdio Manager from Azure Marketplace and configure a new AVD environment with an easy to follow, step-by-step configuration wizard. First group of users can access their AVD desktop in less than 2 hours.

Service providers, system integrators, and consultants can leverage Nerdio Manager’s scripted AVD deployment template. Create complete environments with desktop images, host pools, and auto-scaling in minutes.

Create and manage AVD environments that span Azure regions and subscriptions. Quickly link Vnets and resource groups and manage AVD deployments world-wide from unified portal.

Link multiple Azure tenants under the same Nerdio Manager instance and manage AVD deployments that span Azure AD tenants. User identities and session host VMs can run in separate tenants for maximum flexibilty and security.

Deploy and manage AVD environments that span across sovereign Azure Clouds. Cross-sovereign cloud support allows identity (e.g. users and groups) to be in one Azure Cloud, while session host VMs are in another Azure Cloud.

Management of workspaces, host pools, app groups, RemoteApps & custom RDP settings

Administer every aspect of AVD with Nerdio Manager including workspaces, host pools, application groups, RemoteApp publishing, RDP properties, session time limits, FSLogix, and much, much more. Every Azure service that AVD relies on can be managed with Nerdio Manager.

Deploy and manage AVD session host VMs. Hosts can be created manually or with auto-scaling, deleted on-demand or on a schedule, re-imaged to apply updates, run a scripted action, resized, put into or taken out of drain mode, and more.

Manage user sessions across the entire AVD environment, within a workspace, host pool or on a single host. Monitor session status, disconnect or log off the user, shadow or remote control to provide support, or send user an on-screen message.

End users have the ability to log into Nerdio Manager with their Azure AD credentials and manage their own session, restart their desktop VM, or start a session host if none are started in a host pool. (Ability to resize and re-image own desktop is coming soon.)

Create, link, and manage Azure Files shares including AD domain join. Synchronize Azure Files permissions with host pools, configure quotas, and enable SMB multi-channel. Manage file lock handles and configure Azure Files auto-scaling to increase quota as needed.

Create, link, and manage Azure NetApp Files accounts, capacity pools and volumes. Configure provisioned volume size, monitor usage, and use auto-scaling to automatically adjust volume and capacity pool size to accommodate the needed capacity and latency requirements.

FSLogix configuration can be complex and overwheling, but not with Nerdio Manager. Create one or more FSLogix profiles with all the needed options, point at one or more Azure Files, Azure NetApp Files, or server locations and select from VHDLocations, CloudCache and Azure Blob storage modes.

Multiple identity source profiles can be set up and used automatically on different host pools. Active Directory, Azure AD DS, and Native Azure AD are all supported. Choose the appropriate directory profile when adding a host pool and all VMs will automatically join this directory when being created.

Create a copy of a host pool with all of its settings: auto-scale config, app groups and RemoteApps, MSIX AppAttach, user/group assignments, VM deployment settings, etc. Save time by creating host pool “templates” that can be cloned to any Workspace, Azure region or subscription instead of starting from scratch.

Apply user session time limits at host pool level. Automatically log off disconnected sessions, limit the duration of idle sessions, control empty RemoteApp session behavior and more.

Assign Azure AD users to personal desktops to ensure the user will log into a pre-configured VM. Un-assign personal desktops from users who leave the organization and re-use these VMs for new users.

Pre-configure custom Azure tags for all Azure resources associated with each host pool. Tags can be used for charge-back and cost allocation by host pool.

When creating session hosts using NV-series VMs NVIDIA and AMD GPU drivers are automatically installed.

Move existing host pools from Fall 2019 (Classic) object model to Spring 2020 (ARM) object model. Choose to whether to move or copy user assignments. Existing session hosts are automatically migrated or new ones can be created in the ARM host pool.

Automatically enable and configure AVD integration with Azure monitor. Zero configuration required. Azure Monitor Insights for AVD can be used instead of or in conjunction with Sepago Monitor.

AVD personal desktops to Windows 365 Cloud PC migration (Coming Soon)

Migrate users from AVD personal desktops to Windows 365 Enterprise Cloud PCs using an existing image and user assignment. (Coming soon)


Cloud PC License Usage Optimization (Coming Soon)

Cloud PC device lifecycle management

Cloud PC user group assignment

Intune primary user management on Cloud PCs

Migrate AVD personal desktops to Cloud PCs (Coming Soon)

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