Improves resiliency of Azure Virtual Desktop and ensures continuous access to corporate applications and data.
“As usage of Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) continues to grow, it has become a mission critical component in allowing continuous and safe access to corporate applications and data,” said Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO and co-founder. “The new added powerful backup and DR capabilities in Nerdio Manager related to major areas of AVD operation, such as the management of desktop images and session hosts, improve the service’s resiliency, ensure BC and allow us to help IT teams when they need it most.“
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Key backup and DR features, available in Nerdio Manager for Enterprise, include:
- Active/Active host pool DR – When enabled, it will automatically distribute session host VMs across two Azure regions. Users will be distributed across VMs in both regions as they log in and FSLogix profiles will be automatically replicated. In case of an Azure region failure, users will continue accessing VMs in the available region, ensuring continuity of data and operations. This feature will be available in Nerdio Manager for MSP in 1Q22.
- Desktop image backup and geographic replication – Built-in desktop image backup functionality allows users to backup images automatically. Users can geo-replicate desktop images through integration with Azure Compute Gallery to keep desktop images in sync across multiple Azure regions.
- Support for FSLogix cloud cache – It automatically enables and configures FSLogix Cloud Cache on DR-enabled host pools. Users’ profiles are asynchronously replicated across multiple storage locations making them available during regional outages. This provides a resilient DR configuration because if one location becomes unavailable, Cloud Cache will automatically fail over to a secondary location where profiles are accessible.
- Auto-healing capabilities – Session host VMs are responsible for the delivery of users’ desktops and apps and must be available for users to be able to connect. Its Auto-Heal functionality automatically detects and repairs broken session hosts.
“As enterprises increase adoption of virtual workplace technologies like VDI, ensuring the resilience and recoverability of end user data is a paramount priority,” said Mark Bowker, senior analyst, ESG. “From cybersecurity events to natural disasters, data outages can harm productivity, company trust and overall profits. By supporting active/active replication and adding in features such as built-in desktop image backups, Nerdio is furthering business availability and making AVD virtual desktops a resilient choice for digital workforces everywhere.“
Nerdio Manager extends the native AVD service rather than replacing it like other proprietary VDI management solutions on the market. Through separate products tailored to meeting the needs of MSPs and enterprises, it delivers over 200 features that the native service lacks to simplify management, ensure efficient operations through automation, and lower compute and storage costs on average between 50-75%.
It empowers MSPs and enterprises to build cloud practices in 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 Azure through easy multi-tenant management.