VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS
Nerdio | July 08, 2022
Nerdio, the premier solution for organizations of all sizes looking to deploy virtual desktops in Microsoft Azure, today announced significant changes, including new tier structures and benefits, to its Partnerd partner program to best support managed service providers (MSPs) and other IT organizations serving the SMB channel.
“We are investing heavily to make transitioning to Microsoft Azure the obvious choice for MSPs and their clients, With the advancements Microsoft is making around cloud technologies and programs, it is an invigorating time to be part of the Microsoft ecosystem. We believe the new Partnerd program provides unparalleled benefits that are not available anywhere else in the channel. It will propel a whole new class of MSPs to grow alongside Azure and Microsoft and achieve success as a cloud partner.”
Joseph Landes, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-founder, Nerdio
Partnerd program tiers are calculated based on a partner’s level of investment with Nerdio, with the benefits, product discounts, marketing development funds (MDF), and event experiences offered increasing as partners move up in tier. Tiers available include Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum and partners sign up for a specific tier.
As part of the new Partnerd program, enrolled MSP partners will receive:
Discounts on Nerdio Manager for MSP licenses associated with each tier, ranging from 25%-75%.
Dedicated Partner Success Managers to coordinate Azure Business Reviews, suggest Azure cost-optimization methods, and assist with quoting and sales.
Go-Live Engineer support for Nerdio deployments and world-class support.
New Partnerd Advantage advanced engineering support service at an extra monthly cost.
Exclusive access to calls with Microsoft executives.
Sales kickstart and accelerator packages which include travel vouchers for Nerdio events, and exclusive early access to event registration.
Event marketing development funds (MDF).
Expanded NerdioCon access with exclusive discounts for all Partnerds and VIP packages for Gold and Platinum tiers.
“We have been providing innovative virtual desktop cloud solutions for nearly 20 years and believe Nerdio is unrivaled when it comes to providing MSPs the resources necessary to create and manage compelling and competitive Azure offerings,” said Paul O’Brien, CTO and Founder, Lucidity, a New Zealand-based MSP. “The changes to the Partnerd program reflect not only Nerdio's continued strong commitment to the partner community they’ve carefully cultivated, but also their savvy grasp of what partners must do to set themselves up for success with Microsoft’s partner program.”
Partners can buy into a tier above their qualified tier by meeting the required spend limit to increase the amount of internal use licenses, license discounts, Go-Live Engineer deployments, and certifications. This allows partners to boost their investment with Nerdio to achieve greater ROI, sooner, while they are building and scaling their Azure practice.
Nerdio empowers Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and enterprises to build successful cloud practices in Microsoft Azure with Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. Nerdio Manager for Enterprise is a packaged Azure application that runs in users’ own tenant without compromising security and compliance by allowing third-party vendors access into the IT environment. Nerdio Manager for MSP empowers MSPs to deploy, manage, and optimize virtual desktop environments in Microsoft Azure through easy multi-tenant management.
ExpressVPN | June 27, 2022
ExpressVPN confirmed the withdrawal of its Indian-based VPN servers in light of the new VPN directives implemented.
“With a recent data law introduced in India requiring all VPN providers to store user information for at least five years, ExpressVPN has made the very straightforward decision to remove our Indian-based VPN servers. We refuse to ever put our users’ data at risk,"
Harold Li, vice President, ExpressVPN
“It is our policy to never allow logging, and we have also specifically designed our VPN servers to not be able to log, including by running in RAM. Data centers are unlikely to be able to accommodate this policy and our server architecture under this new regulation, and thus there is no path forward other than to no longer have physical VPN servers in India," he added.
He further stated, “As a company focused on protecting privacy and freedom of expression online, ExpressVPN will continue to fight to keep users connected to the open and free internet with privacy and security, no matter where they are located. This issue is new nor unique in the current geopolitical landscape, so we have been able to move quickly and adjust our infrastructure to maintain the integrity of our VPN services.”
ExpressVPN offers two virtual server locations in India for those who still want to connect to VPN sites in India: India (via Singapore) and India (via UK).
Infortrend | May 31, 2022
Infortrend Technology, Inc., a market-leading enterprise storage supplier, has enhanced EonStor GS U.2, an enterprise scale-out unified storage system with U.2 NVMe SSD. It provides block and file-level scale-out extensibility to boost capacity and performance as storage requirements rise.
The EonStor GS (GS) unified SAN/NAS storage is intended for a variety of corporate applications such as database, virtualization, video post-production, and file sharing. It provides excellent capacity and performance in a variety of ways. Users can begin with one GS and add other GS as required to establish a cluster with up to four appliances through scale-out. GS supports the common ultra-fast U.2 SSD and boosts performance up to 1000K IOPS and 22GB/s per appliance to improve data processing with high IOPS and low latency.
GS offers a single namespace for CIFS and NFS user access from Windows, Linux, and macOS. IT administration can be simplified even further with auto-balancing, which ensures that data is stored equitably on each GS in a cluster. IT personnel may save money by expanding all-flash U.2 GS with HDD JBOD and letting the auto-tiering technology move 'hot' and 'cold' data between high-performance SSD and cost-effective HDD.
For forward-looking enterprises seeking a competitive and cost-saving solution, we updated GS unified storage with support of scale-out expandability and U.2 SSD. Users can connect several GS into a cluster with optimized load balancing, increased I/Os, and tight data protection."
Frank Lee, Senior Director of Product Planning
Infortrend has revamped its 2022 Reseller Partnership Program to assist partners in increasing expertise and profitability. Partners enjoy special benefits like deal registration with price protection, access to demo machines, and much more.