Distributor brings CloudCheckr, Nerdio, ReadyNetworks into Cloud Cluster program
D&H Distributing is adding a number of suppliers to its cloud service portfolio that’s available to MSPs on Microsoft’s Azure public cloud.
The Lowdown: The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based distributor for VARs and MSPs said this week it’s bringing cloud management software vendors CloudCheckr and Nerdio, as well as public cloud consultant ReadyNetworks, into its Cloud Cluster initiative.
The Details: D&H’s program is aimed at enabling MSPs and other channel players to grow their cloud practices, including deploying and managing complete cloud IT infrastructures. CloudCheckr’s services for partners include modules for a range of tasks, including invoicing, billing management, analytics, reporting, and cloud optimization. D&H focuses on SMB and consumer technology, and CloudCheckr’s offerings are designed to protect smaller businesses’ environments in Azure and enable them to reduce costs through its Cost Savings dashboard.
Nerdio’s cloud management software includes a portal through which MSPs can quickly deploy Azure environments and drive recurring monthly revenue through a price optimization capability. ReadyNetworks’ services let MSPs assess which workloads should migrate to Azure, migrate the data and applications to the cloud, and then manage the environment.
Background: D&H, which has been around for more than 100 years, includes cloud services among a number of specialties that range from unified communications and collaboration (UCC), mobility, and server networks. The company, which recently moved into new headquarters in Harrisburg, also has its online Cloud Marketplace.
The Buzz: “We’re excited to add CloudCheckr, Nerdio, and ReadyNetworks as key parts of our Microsoft Azure Cloud Cluster strategy. CloudCheckr allows VARs and MSPs to meter Azure consumption and provide consultative services to help their SMB clients right-size and optimize their Azure environment based on utilization,” said Jason Bystrak, vice president of D&H’s cloud business unit. “Nerdio’s definitive Azure solution empowers MSPs to accelerate their cloud practices through a simple, streamlined process, and ReadyNetworks’ services will help MSPs more seamlessly navigate the transition to this new model.”
“D&H and CloudCheckr are excited to collaborate on cloud service growth for solution providers, integrators, and VARs,” said Elissa Livingston, head of CloudCheckr’s industry-leading partner program. “Businesses face complex cloud IT infrastructure decisions and find themselves supporting both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure out of necessity. Managed service providers are using CloudCheckr to turn that complexity into profit. Our unparalleled billing management shrinks expenses and grows profit margins. D&H is a leader in cloud services. We know how well they enable the partner ecosystem to accelerate growth, increase profitability, and provide access to specialized services.”
“The transition to the cloud is no longer just an optional strategy for solution providers. Digital transformation is making it a necessity for all solution providers to do business in the cloud, and they’re looking for the right partners to help them make a seamless migration to an MSP model,” said Joseph Landes, chief revenue officer at Nerdio. “We deliver the technology to assist D&H’s MSP and reseller partners in building successful businesses in the cloud, making the transformation as friction-free and rapid as possible, helping these MSPs reap the benefits of cloud services through new recurring revenue streams.”
“In today’s market, there’s both a skill and capacity gap when it comes to technical resources that meet the demands of transitioning to Azure. ReadyNetworks is pleased to partner with D&H and its network of SMB channel partners to deliver scalable assessment, migration, and management services for Azure,” said ReadyNetworks founder and CEO Sam Barhoumeh. “The upcoming end-of-support deadlines for Windows Server 2008 present a compelling market opportunity for customers to make the move to Azure, which addresses issues like compliance, security, and scalable infrastructure demand in the fast-growth SMB market.”