Could you be missing a trick if you’re not in the Citrix Cloud?


Microsoft Azure, Citrix Cloud

 

Many organisations still have a large application portfolio or suite that exists within an environment run on client-based services. What we mean by that is it’s effectively not a web application, it’s something that you have to launch a client for in order to allow those applications to perform. Those clients have a proximity requirement towards the actual application itself. So, when you are looking to move applications of that nature into the cloud, you need a solution that maintains performance in line with the proximity requirement of the actual desktop. You also need to consider that your desktop is local to you, so how do you actually do that? Well, you create a virtual desktop close to all of those applications.


One way of doing this is by migrating to Citrix Cloud. What many people don’t know is that Citrix Cloud is a platform in its own right with virtual desktops hosted in Microsoft Azure data centres. This brings with it a whole host of benefits so let’s take a look at what this could mean for your organisation.

 

Latency will become yesterday’s problem

As we just mentioned, Citrix virtual desktops are actually hosted in Azures global data centres meaning they will be located very close to the user wherever in the world they are. There’s also global presence of that Citrix management plane so if you’re a global organisation with lots of geographically dispersed users and you have a lot of legacy applications that are client based, Citrix cloud as a management plane effectively locates where those users are based and redirects them to the nearest Azure data centre to consume services. So, you can immediately expect a high reduction in latency that you wouldn’t even be able to replicate with traditional virtual desktop environments. 

Easy integration with Microsoft Services

Citrix Cloud makes the integration of Windows 10 and Microsoft 365 a doddle! The native integration of these services and in fact the licensing benefits you receive, makes this a pretty compelling business case. When you integrate these services, you can expect a much broader range of support for applications and a consistent experience when a user is working on a local device or a virtual desktop that it’s connected to.

We speak to many customers who are looking to replace product data exchange and traditional phone systems in favour of Skype for Business and Citrix Cloud enables humanitarian data exchange meaning you’ll receive real time optimisation for voice on Skype for business and Teams.

Achieve maximum operational efficiency

In our experience this is actually one of the most overlooked benefits of migrating to cloud.

When you migrate to cloud, tools like monitoring, back-up, service operations and in fact all of your management infrastructure is integrated into a cloud platform and comes as part of the service. This creates huge operational efficiencies but also creates cost savings in the same respect. So, when you’re comparing the traditional costs of running a server on premises against the cost of running a server in the cloud, what is often overlooked is the fact that the service wrap-around that server is delivered and monitored for you. It’s backed-up and made highly available. You’ve also got a performance guarantee around that server and the same applies to Citrix Cloud.

If you think of Citrix as an infrastructure which goes around delivering a virtual desktop, you’ve effectively got access gateways and a presentation layer meaning you get network connectivity, network security and authentication.

To put this into perspective, imagine you’ve got 70 users wanting to connect to their desktop from home. They’ll either have to go to a website or launch an application, authenticate against that and then proceed to get through all the layers of security. That process creates a layer of infrastructure complexity and management and that’s without considering the actual backend management and maintenance of those desktop images themselves. Now if you’re not in the cloud, your IT team will have to manage, protect and monitor these as well as provision (and deprovision) on demand. Whereas with Citrix Cloud, that management overhead and management infrastructure is taken care of for you, so your team can focus on driving business value IT projects. 

 Your ‘peaky’ applications are taken care of

Some organistion will have ‘peaky’ applications meaning that the use of particular applications will spike and fall depending on demand.

For example, we spend a lot of time working with local authorities which run revenue and benefits systems. At the end of each calendar month, this system is used by around 80-90% of users all day every day for about 3 or 4 days and then at the end of this period, the application is hardly used at all until the end of the following month and so the cycle continues.

Now if you’re a local authority running a traditional environment, you would have to secure and manage that environment 30 days a month, 365 days a year and you wouldn’t really see any benefit from turning it off. You might save pennies on the pound from electricity but fundamentally there’s no real driver to create an environment that can scale on demand as and when needed.

But if you were running this application in Citrix Cloud, you’d have the ability to automatically scale up and down as required. So for workloads like the revenue and benefits system that that are typically peaky where the underlying infrastructure is only used a couple of days a month at maximum scale, the potential for cost savings is huge (we’re talking 20-40% savings by migrating to Citrix Cloud). Now if that isn’t a business case, we don’t know what is!

Citrix Cloud may not be the ideal solution for all organisations but if you think it could work for you, chat to us to find out more about our complimentary workshop with ANS’ Cloud Solution Architects to help you determine your business case for migration and better understand your potential ROI.

In the meantime, to find out more about how you can begin your cloud migration with ANS and Citrix, read our data sheet here.

 

Posted by Joe Wolski