In part I and part II of this series, we explored the areas of interest leading the End User Computing community toward Citrix Cloud. As a recap, part I touched upon the Citrix Cloud Virtual Apps and Desktops service architecture, the regions it’s available in, and its global footprint. In part II, we covered which cloud providers and hypervisors are supported, how many releases there are, how licensing works, the four deployment types, its security, how credentials are handled, and the local host cache feature.
This third and final post of the series continues to explore helping you decide if the Citrix Cloud Virtual Apps and Desktops service is right for you. As we said last time: for a service such as VDI that is crucial to your organization, the decision to move to the cloud can be a weighty one. But it doesn’t have to be. With the right knowledge it will be easier to decide.
Justifying the cost of Citrix Cloud is definitely an adoption challenge, as it can be more costly upfront. It basically comes down to what you need and what you’re looking for. There is a different mindset with shifting expenses from CAPEX to OPEX.
Something that may help is comparing the cost, plus the renewals that would be included (with additional support on top), across a few different purchase options to identify if there are any opportunities for savings: 1-year vs 3-year commitment, etc.
Pricing options are available that may meet your requirements and help keep costs at bay. For example, there’s Citrix Workspace, Citrix Virtual Apps, Citrix Virtual Desktops, and Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops service. Also, available via the Azure Marketplace is Citrix Virtual Apps Essentials and Citrix Virtual Desktops Essentials.
Citrix Cloud also has Autoscale to help save on Cloud-compute costs by automatically adjusting machine power based on usage and load (shutting down VMs when workloads are not required, etc.).
Here’s a cost calculator to help visualize Azure costs.
One barrier to adoption can be the lack of resources with the proper skillset for working within Citrix Cloud or public cloud. So, there are costs associated with learning and educating the organizational resources.
Some benefits to Citrix Cloud Virtual Apps and Desktops service include alleviating short-term burst requirements when additional workloads are needed (month end, etc.). It also helps to factor in the speed of deployment vs transitional (hours vs weeks) or how quickly you can do things, where there is a business cost to how long it takes to get things done.
Upgrading the control plane or control layer is simpler, since this is managed by Citrix. It’s also secure and scalable, as you can scale up and down. And flexible, since you’re allowed a hybrid cloud-deployment model approach.
Citrix is also dedicated to making customers successful with Citrix Cloud by assigning them a customer success manager.
Moving to the Cloud means different benefits for different people. Some benefits include: adopting a cloud-first strategy, overcoming IT constraints, no more upgrades, leveraging Hybrid Cloud environments, and faster time to value. This is all great, and can be very valuable to an organization, but only with a disciplined approach. That’s where the importance of having a strategy comes into play.
A good way to decide if Citrix Cloud is right for you is to start with a Citrix Cloud POC, which gives you 60 days and is limited to 25 users. Whether you decide to move to Citrix Cloud or stay on-premises, the good news is you have a lot of very good options.
Making the choice resembles choosing your own adventure, so If you’re looking to learn more about Citrix Cloud Virtual Apps and Desktops service or Desktop as a Service, please reach out to us. We’d love to help you!
Architect, End User Computing at Anexinet
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