Hosting Citrix Desktops from the Amazon Cloud

That’s right. Run your XenApp on AWS and NetScaler on AWS .

Those capabilities have been around for a while, and over time Citrix has been working to make set-up and configuration even easier.

Whether you are a large enterprise, smaller business, or even a service provider, deploying on the AWS cloud could yield you many more benefits and operational advantages than you could get than deploying XenApp on your own equipment.

Is it for me?

It could be. If you answer “yes” to any of the following, you may want to look more closely:

  • You’re Moving infrastructure to the cloud – if you wish to leverage the cloud to host infrastructure – either for convenience, cost, capital expense avoidance, availability, or other attributes.
  • You’re Cost-conscious – Amazon’s EC2 cloud often provides customers with a significant reduction in hardware, networking and/or storage costs, particularly due to the pay-as-you-go nature of EC2 capacity. This helps avoid over-provisioning, and allows for real-time matching of capacity to demand.
  • You don’t have a data center – Many customers chose to avoid building on-premesis data centers altogether while remaining staunch believers in Citrix software. These are small/medium businesses require agile – and often outsourced – infrastructure
  • You have modest administration/deployment knowledge –  Many customers prefer not to invest in the skills needed to maintain data center hardware, but insist on retaining application administration skills. Leveraging IaaS infrastructure in the cloud is the ideal approach whereby hardware configuration and maintenance is avoided.
  • You have a dynamic business that needs to quickly react to change – Businesses with significant growth curves or seasonality often over-provision infrastructure for peak use, locking-up precious fixed capital that is frequently idle.

Tools, resources, economics

The Citrix community has made available Amazon CloudFormation scripts that greatly simplify configuration, set-up and operation of large-scale XenApp instances. We also have spent hours looking at the economics of running your Citrix infrastructure on AWS. These include

We also make it easy to use products/licenses on AWS. Simply, you bring your standard XenApp license (annual, perpetual, CSP) to AWS. And for NetScaler, you can do that OR leverage NetScaler on the AWS Marketplace – further simplifying your process.

A Nod toward Service Providers

If you are a service provider, providing Desktops-as-a-Service, this model is absolutely open to you as well. Just bring your Citrix Service Provider (CSP) licenses.  And, our CSP mult-tenant Reference Architecture is completely compatible with AWS infrastructure.  The economics and variable capacity benefits are compelling.

More Resources:

http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/06/27/hosting-citrix-desktops-from-the-amazon-cloud/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CitrixBlogs+%28Citrix+Blogs%29

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