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Will using Citrix work for you and your business?

16 February 2012

Citrix offers a plethora of server and desktop virtualisation programs that exist to enhance the customer experience but do they really work for you and your business?

For the individual we’ve already established that Citrix technology offers work/life balance flexibility by enabling them to access their office applications from home. In turn, this benefits the business by allowing for anywhere, anytime working. New advancements in the virtualisation market, namely cloud computing have led to further productivity and working practises.

In addition to great end user performance, XenClient 2.1 can now accelerate the update process for end users with its new dynamic layering feature.

Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) offering, VDI-in-a-Box, provides small businesses with the capability to position virtual desktops, powered on the backend by servers that are connected to shared storage resources. As discussed in previous blogs, this enables businesses to run their user desktops as a virtual machine and does not require a fully unique operating system for each machine.

A key part of VDI-in-a-Box is the inclusion of new wizards to help ease virtual desktop deployment in an effort to make it more intuitive for small business IT managers to use. Citrix software developers claim they have, “Completely revised and updated the management interface, with usability testing to ensure we are delivering the simplest experience for Windows administrators to setup and manage virtual desktops.”

Another new addition to the Citrix family is Cloud.com, Citrix’s cloud computing offering which runs applications on distant servers rather than on the machine in front you.

Cloud.com is a start-up that helps companies manage data traffic on their servers. Instead of assigning computing tasks to specific machines, Cloud.com’s software, CloudStack, can split the work among pools of computers, pulling them in when needed and freeing them up for other jobs when done. CloudStack also makes it easier for companies to quickly roll out new applications to users worldwide rather than forcing them to wait for a technician to do the work. The Cloud.com deal “is about technology, the team, and market momentum.”

There is some criticism for Citrix, with some analysts believing that it lacks behind rivals VMware when it comes to its virtualisation offering. Investors haven’t punished Citrix for its shortfall in virtualization however, mostly because the company gets so much revenue from its older programs and they have a lot of legacy businesses.

Analysts are betting on two trends that may allow Citrix to thrive:

  • It has a lead over VMware in an application that lets companies store copies of Windows on servers and push them out to PCs, which saves money by letting users run newer versions of the operating system on older machines.
  • Cloud.com’s CloudStack can cost companies half to one-tenth as much as comparable cloud products from VMware and Microsoft”, says James Staten, an analyst at Forrester Research. “If you build your cloud on VMware or Microsoft,” he says, “you’re sharing your profits with them.”

Total Training Solutions offers many Citrix courses, for those at the beginning of their careers to the more advanced practitioners looking to take the next step on the corporate ladder. Choose from the basic courses; Basic Administration for Citrix NetScaler 9.2 and Citrix XenApp 6.5 Administration or the more advanced Implementing Citrix Access Gateway 9.0 Enterprise Edition and Advanced Administration for Citrix NetScaler 9.0 Platinum Edition. To book on any of these courses, please call our team on 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com with any questions or queries.

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