Citrix and Microsoft have increasingly strengthened their partnership over the last few years. They recently took another step forward, with Citrix’s announcement of new services to enable the deployment of Windows 10 desktops on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. Citrix also announced services to deploy apps directly on Azure, and tools that make rolling out new workspaces simpler.
To help with deploying Windows 10 virtual desktops in the Azure cloud, Citrix announced XenDesktop Essentials. This means that companies who have licensed Windows 10 Enterprise on a per-user basis can now manage their Windows 10 images on Azure through its XenDesktop VDI solution, using their existing licenses.
Alternatively, some organisations may want to deliver applications directly from Azure. For these people, Citrix now provides XenApp Essentials. According to Citrix, the new XenApp Essentials Service provides additional management, user experience, and security features.
After XenDesktop Essentials is configured and in operation, you can then use Citrix Cloud to manage the service. Similarly, XenApp Essentials can also be a service integrated into, and managed by, Citrix Cloud.
The aim of all of this is to make it easier for existing Citrix customers to migrate from on–premise implementations to Citrix Cloud, by beefing up Citrix’s Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) VDI solution, while ticking all the right boxes for security, mobility and management.
This makes excellent sense to me – many organisations are still at an early stage of their transition to the cloud while some are further on in the journey, and Citrix is making it simpler for everyone to migrate.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can take advantage of Citrix’s new offerings, talk to EEC Services.