The way businesses operate has been changing continually and consistently, and Microsoft has responded accordingly with Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD). This Azure-based system for virtualizing Windows operating systems—providing virtualized desktops and applications in the cloud—has been exploding in the recent months. Microsoft reported that WVD usage more than tripled in 2020!
The reason? Simple, really: work from home is here to stay, companies are looking for a more permanent solution than VPNs or remote access services, and WVD fits the bill.
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Businesses need a setup that guarantees productivity, security and speed. They need to know they can count on the availability of their accounting software, collaboration tools and security solutions, to name just a few examples. Outages and lagging are not an option. Fortunately, after migrating on-premises servers to Azure, they won’t be.
With WVD, you’re leveraging Microsoft technology and getting an instantaneous experience. You’re getting an actual live computer in the cloud for maximum productivity. The result is a simplified environment with impressive architectural resilience and potentially significant cost savings.
One significant hurdle remains, however. How do you explain all this to your end users? Surely the last thing you want to do is inundate them with obscure technical terms. We also know people are inherently reluctant to embracing change—don’t fix it if it ain’t broke and all that. How, then, do you show the value and convince your clients that adopting WVD is worth it?
Winning with WVD
You need to prepare a strong case to jump start WVD adoption, and money talks. WVD can be easily offered within a bundle, which translates to an entirely reasonable cost for customers. For instance, with Microsoft 365 Business Premium they already get productivity, collaboration, email, the whole nine yards. From their perspective, it’s a nice surprise to discover that an additional service like WVD is included in what they’re already paying for. For you, as a Microsoft reseller, this means a lot of brownie points for very little extra hassle.
There are also long-term savings at play here. Suppose your customer’s hardware is approaching end of life. They could do the same thing they’ve been doing for 20 years, which is invest in new hardware, have it set up, use it until it’s obsolete, buy new hardware, rinse and repeat. Or, you could step up and use this as an opportunity to move them from on-premise to the cloud! They’ll be able to get work done from anywhere (hardly a minor consideration in the current climate), while saving money today, tomorrow and in the future.
Nevertheless, the unique selling point of WVD lies in how it simplifies daily operations. For example, persistent identity is nothing to scoff at; simply put, it enables you to transfer your team session and all related information from one location to another. End-clients are also able to rely on Microsoft’s expertise with technology that’s always up to date and upgraded.
Get there with Nerdio
Nerdio can help with all of the above. Essentially, Nerdio allows MSPs to make sense of Azure deployment, management and optimization without getting hopelessly overwhelmed.
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First and foremost, there’s the surprisingly accurate Cost Estimator. Pricing out an Azure offering can be difficult—there’s too many things at play. Get it wrong and your recurring hopefuls will start looking elsewhere. No pressure! The Cost Estimator eliminates this pain point, as its algorithm takes into consideration a multitude of aspects and variables you aren’t necessary thinking about when preparing a quote.
Then there’s the ease of deployment. With Nerdio, you can spin up a fully functional WVD environment in just four hours. Furthermore, Nerdio requires less technical knowledge on your end. This expertise is sometimes difficult and time-consuming to obtain, but a junior engineer can manage just fine with Nerdio for WVD. It’s also easy to scale up or down as needed.
An extra bonus: after Nerdio launches the environment inside your CSP tenant, you’ll have a user-friendly interface that sits on top of everything to manage your day-to-day operations.
The bottom line: Nerdio for Azure has big benefits
Nerdio’s sole mission is to empower managed service providers (MSPs) to build successful cloud practices in Microsoft Azure. In turn, MSPs provide end customers with exceptional mobility, simplicity and security.
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