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Plans & Pricing

STANDARD

$3

per user / month

NEW!

PREMIUM

$7

per user / month

*User is defined as an active AVD user that logged in at least once during the month OR a user with provisioned Cloud PC.

AVD COST & PERFORMANCE OPTIMIZATION

STANDARD

NEW!

PREMIUM

VM Power Management

Start VMs when users need them and stop them automatically when no longer in use. VM power management reduces Azure compute costs up to 75%.

VM Just-In-Time Create/Delete (Burst)

Create new session host VMs on-the-fly, as needed, without keeping many VMs created and consuming storage costs by the OS disks. Newly created VMs are always fresh and based on the pristine image state. Add scripted actions to customize the VM provisioning process. When the VMs are now longer needed they can be automatically removed from the environment. A mix of “base capacity” (always created VMs) and “burst capacity” (just-in-time VMs) optimizes costs and user experience.

Scheduled & Event-Driven Scaling

Start, stop, create, or delete session host VMs based on several auto-scale algorithms that take into account actual usage (e.g. CPU, current active sessions) and/or do so on a schedule to pre-stage capacity in expectation of users logging in.

Multiple Scaling Algorithms (CPU, RAM, Average & Available Sessions, User-Driven)

Balance between cost savings and end-user experience by setting one of three scale in aggressiveness levels that controls the type of hosts can be scaled in (stopped or removed). High aggressiveness provides the highest savings and will forcefully disconnect even active users after end of work hours. Medium will stop host with disconnected sessions. Low aggressiveness will only stop or remove hosts that has no user sessions.

3 Scale-In Aggressiveness Levels (High, Medium, & Low)

Balance between cost savings and end-user experience by setting one of three scale in aggressiveness levels that controls the type of hosts can be scaled in (stopped or removed). High aggressiveness provides the highest savings and will forcefully disconnect even active users after end of work hours. Medium will stop host with disconnected sessions. Low aggressiveness will only stop or remove hosts that has no user sessions.

Multiple Auto-Scale Schedules Per Host Pool

Create multiple auto-scale pre-stage settings to ramp up host pool capacity during certain days of week and times of days. In education environments multiple schedules can be used to turn on VMs based on a pre-defined class schedule.

VDI Host Pools (Single-User Pooled VMs) Auto-Scaling

Provide users with non-persistent, single-user pooled desktops that are used exclusively by a single user during the session then returned to the pool, optionally refreshed/re-imaged, and made available to others. This VDI host pool configuration provides significant savings as compared to permanently-assigned personal desktops.

Spot VM Instances

Save up to 90% on Azure VM compute costs while testing an AVD deployment by creating session hosts as Spot VMs. Not to be used in production scenarios as VMs can be unexpectedly “evicted”. Easily convert VMs from spot to pay-as-you-go and back to spot VMs with this scripted action.

Reserved Instances Analytics For Auto-Scale

Save up to additional 60% on the cost of Azure compute by using Reserved Instances in combination with auto-scaling. Nerdio Manager will analyze prior auto-scale behavior and recommend quantity of CPU core reservations to purchase to take advantage of RI savings.

Auto-Deallocate User Stopped VMs

Host VMs shut down from inside Windows are in a stopped, but not deallocated, state and continue to generate Azure compute costs. Nerdio Manager can automatically detect VMs in this state and deallocate them proactively.

VM OS Disk Auto-Convert To Lower Storage Tier On Power Off

Define “running” OS disk storage type (e.g. Premium or Standard SSD) and “stopped” OS disk storage type (e.g. Standard HDD). Auto-scale will change the OS disk to cheaper storage when it stopped and automatically change it to a more performance storage type when the VM is started. This results in up to 75% in OS disk storage savings when the VM is not running.

Ephemeral OS Disks

Save on OS disk storage costs and increase performance with Ephemeral OS disks that can be used for AVD session host VMs. Ephemeral OS disks are free and are stored on the Azure physical host’s local storage and are therefore faster.

VM OS Disk Shrink To 64 GB And 32 GB

Reduce the size of an image VM’s OS disk from the default 128GB to 64GB (or 32GB). This reduces storage costs for session host VMs by requiring a smaller disk and allows for use of smaller VMs with ephemeral OS disks.

Azure Files Schedule, Free Space, & Latency-Based Scaling

Ensure high performance of Azure Files at the lowest possible cost. The performance characteristics of Azure Files Premium are determined by the provisioned capacity quota. Storage auto-scale increases capacity quota in response to increased storage latency (or on a schedule), and decreases it when the extra performance is no longer needed to save on costs.

FSLogix Profile Compression

Shrink FSLogix VHD(X) by removing the “white space” from inside the profile container. This dramatically reduces FSLogix storage costs.

Windows 10 & 11 Optimization For Higher User Density

Automatically run Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Windows 11 virtual desktop optimization tool on session host VMs as they are created. This results in drastically improved performance and increased user-per-CPU density, which reduces total Azure compute costs.

Auto-Scaling In Multi-Tenant And Cross-Cloud AVD Deployments

Reduce Azure compute and storage costs in complex cross-sovereign Cloud and multi-AAD tenant deployments.

Multiple Trigger Auto-Scale

Configure host pools to scale in and out based on up to 3 usage criteria. Auto-scale triggers can be CPU+RAM, CPU+RAM+Sessions, CPU+Sessions, or RAM+sessions. Host pool capacity will increase (scale out) when ANY of the scale out triggers are true and will decrease (scale in) when ALL scale in triggers are true.

Azure NetApp Files Schedule, Free Space, & Latency-Based Scaling

Ensure high performance of Azure NetApp Files at the lowest possible cost. The performance of an Azure NetApp Files volume is determined by the volume size, regardless of capacity actually used. Storage auto-scale increases the volume size during times of peak demand (e.g. log-on and log-off storms) and decreases it automatically when the extra boost in performance is no longer needed. This is done based on a schedule and/or in response to elevated IO latency. Storage auto-scale also automatically grows volume (and capacity pool) size when capacity reaches a pre-defined threshold ensuring that it never runs out of space.

Log Analytics Workspace Storage Usage Optimization

Log Analytics is used by Azure Monitor AVD Insights (and other monitoring solutions like Sepago) to collect and store diagnostic data. The size and cost of Log Analytics can quickly grow and make up a large component of the overall AVD cost. Azure Log Analytics pricing is complex and depends on ingestion rate, retention period, performance counters collected, and sampling frequency. Nerdio Manager analyzes all these dimensions and makes recommendations on how to best optimize Log Analytics costs.

Recommendation Engine (Coming Soon)

Recommendation engine for optimizing usage of Azure resources and Nerdio Manager.