The typical on-prem Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop deployment involves the installation and configuration of Delivery Controllers, StoreFront Server, SQL Database, License server and NetScaler Gateway. This is a complex setup involving high upfront cost for labor, hardware, software with overall maintenance and support. Many IT firms are hesitant to do an in-place upgrade of existing Citrix version to the latest version due to risk of downtime, high professional services cost and end user impact. As a result, many of them are still running older version of Citrix.
Also, in IT, there is never a shortage of business demands, but often in short supply are budget, necessary infrastructure, available headcount and the specialized skills to meet those requirements. If your business is like most; due to resource constraints factors; you will have to determine between what needs to be done and what IT can really accomplish is a constant battle. Adding more technology isn’t always the answer but selecting the RIGHT technology is.
This is where Citrix Cloud based SaaS services comes to the rescue. It is fast, simple, flexible and a secure way to deploy virtual apps and desktops.
It is fast because Citrix management technologies are delivered as Cloud Services so there is less to integrate and install. For example, all the control plane components like Delivery Controllers, StoreFront, SQL Database, License and NetScaler Gateway services are hosted in Citrix Cloud. Apps/Desktops can be configured and published within hours because the services are already integrated.
It is simple because Citrix manages all the control plane components, from routine updates to version upgrades. As a result, you will always be on the current version of Citrix technology without the hassle and expense of upgrading on-premises version. The only components you need to maintain are the Cloud Connector servers in your Datacenter where the resources/VDAs are located.
It is flexible because deployment of apps, desktop and data workloads are supported on any cloud or infrastructure. You can select the model/architecture that works best for you – viz on-premises, private cloud, public or hybrid)
And finally, it’s highly secure because the Apps and desktops and the corresponding data are completely under your control located in your Datacenter or the cloud of your choice.
With Citrix Cloud, you get the added benefit of enabling Disaster Recovery and business continuity options. Citrix Cloud can manage resources from multiple locations, thus making it easier to create and maintain primary and secondary availability sites.
To conclude, compared to traditional Citrix deployment models, Citrix Cloud based subscription allows you to simplify IT, reduce capital expenses & staffing and increase productivity. It provides the added value of convenience, reliability and speed. You can learn more about Citrix Cloud at www.citrix.com/cloud
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