Adar is looking to make it easier for MSPs to sell virtual desktops hosted in Microsoft's cloud by adding to its Nerdio IT-as-a-Service platform a tool that eliminates one of the biggest inhibitors for customers: uncertain costs.
The Nerdio for Azure Cost Estimator introduced earlier this month looks to empower MSPs to accurately preview their customers' cloud bills before they commit to Microsoft's infrastructure. The partner just needs to answer some questions about desired resources, numbers of users, licensing and advanced requirements.
"You can have instant feedback on the big levers that are driving costs," Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO of Adar, told CRN.
The cost-estimation tool is available to all Nerdio partners through the platform's reseller portal, and on Adar's website for solution providers who aren't yet partners, Vladimirskiy said.
Adar has also introduced a white-label option for Nerdio, fulfilling one of the biggest requests from its channel. Partners can upload icons, change colors and app names, add their own contact phone numbers and email addresses to customize the platform.
Adar, based in Chicago, knows the channel well. The company was founded in 2005 as an MSP specializing in delivering remote desktop services and virtual desktops.
During a decade of hosting customers in its private cloud, the company developed internal technologies for more efficiently delivering those services. After building hundreds of unique desktop environments, Adar packaged up its technology a couple years ago as Nerdio and made the platform available to other MSPs looking to launch similar practices.
Earlier this year, that "IT-as-a-Service" solution was ported from a private cloud to Azure.
Nerdio deploys desktops, services, collaboration or productivity suites like Office 365, security and robust backup and recovery functionality. The MSP can then layer services like a help desk, strategy consulting, building and supporting line-of-business apps, Vladimirskiy said.
"There's a million different ways to build this kind of environment," Vladimirskiy told CRN. But "we've standardized on a very specific implementation of the core technology components."