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  • Citrix Study Guide Certifications Benefits

    06 February 2012

    People are increasingly bringing smartphones, tablets and other devices they once might have used solely for personal use into the workplace. To this end, the distinction between work and home, the office and play is becoming less clear and more is expected in terms of rich, user experience. Citrix labels this ‘consumerisation’ and their products exist to meet this demand. Their server and desktop virtualisation programs, networking, collaboration and cloud computing products are designed to feed this consumer hunger.

    The Citrix website states their virtualisation technology works in three ways:

    For people
    Citrix technology offers the flexibility to balance work and life — the freedom to work anywhere, anytime, on a schedule that fits the employee's life.

    For I.T. organisations
    Citrix technology enables a more people-centric, on-demand computing model that provides people the flexibility and freedom they want and IT the control it requires.

    For business
    Citrix technology gives business the agility needed to seize new opportunities, deliver exceptional customer service and create a more efficient organisation.

    To get the most out of these products and services, Citrix have numerous course and certification paths. For I.T. Professionals adding Citrix to your list of qualifications demonstrates your knowledge in the field. Certification is organised into three levels based on job roles and the following courses are available from Total Training Solutions:

    Citrix XenDesktop 5 Administration - an entry level certificate that provides the necessary foundations for administrators to manage desktops. This course is ideal for server, network and system administrators, analysts and consultants.

    Engineering a Citrix Virtualisation Solution – teaches Citrix engineers how to integrate component technologies of a Citrix virtualisation solution in a Windows 2008 server environment.

    Architecting a Citrix Virtualisation Solution – equips Citrix architects with the skills to analyse and design a comprehensive Citrix virtualisation solution.

    In the competitive world of recruitment, whether you want to find a new position or gain promotion, you need to arm yourself with as many positive attributes as possible to set yourself apart from other candidates. Citrix study guide certification demonstrates your professional skills. Employers consider professional certification an advantage and in many cases it is a mandatory requirement when hiring new staff. Even for those looking to progress within their existing company, career competitiveness of present workers can be based on the qualifications you hold. Study aids to guide you through preparation for Citrix exams can be the difference between pass or failure and ultimately advancing in your career or not.

    Obtaining Citrix certification means you master the latest technology in your given field. And when the only thing that is consistent in I.T. is change, with new technologies emerging all the time, holding the most up-to-date qualification is what will drive your professional career forward.

    To discover the full range of Citrix courses offered by Total Training Solutions, visit the website today. Our friendly team are ready to take you call on 0800 612 1299 and answer any questions you may have or alternatively you can email info@tts-uk.com.

  • 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.

  • Why is Citrix XenApp exciting?

    20 February 2012

    You may wonder why you should use Citrix XenApp. Here are some reasons why you would make good use of it:

    The XenApp is a thin client product that allows users to connect to their corporate applications and allows any Windows application to be “virtualised, centralised, and managed in the data centre”.

    What makes the XenApp different and some would argue, exciting, to traditional application deployment technology is the ability for organisations to improve application management.  XenApp is unique in that it is a complete system for application delivery, offering both online and offline application access. It instantly delivers services to users anywhere from any device running any of over 30 operating systems. Companies can improve application management because all the applications are centralised in the database and they can also control and protect access to data so that it is secure.

    By simplifying the management and delivery of applications, the cost of desktop management can be reduced up to 50%. Applications are delivered via application streaming quickly providing web-based access to Windows. It provides manageability and scale, and flexibility as it can create a cost-effective virtual workplace.

    The XenApp uses Citrix HDX technology (high definition desktop virtualisation user experience) which adapts virtual application delivery and access based on your device, network, and location to ensure an optimal quality. The App integrates the tools and infrastructure needed to help control, measure, and monitor performance. Encrypted connectivity, advanced access control, policy-based password management, and session monitoring provide additional layers of protection.

    Total Training Solutions offer courses for the various versions of the Citrix XenApp. From the earlier 5.0 version for Windows 2003 to the 2008 version and the XenApp 6.5 Advanced. Wherever you are in your training or career progression, a XenApp course that suits your level can be found with Total Training Solutions. Speak to one of our knowledgeable team on 0800 612 1299 who will help guide you through the options or email any questions to info@tts-uk.com.

  • Where can you take Citrix courses?

    27 February 2012

    There are a wide range of options when considering the best way to go about obtaining your Citrix certification and their various course options.

    Citrix themselves offer training options direct from their website. These include instructor-led, virtual instructor-led and 24/7 self-paced online training. The instructor-led courses are broken down and displayed as schedules by Citrix authorised test centres on a country-by-country basis.

    There are many other training providers that offer official Citrix certification and training courses, one of which is the UK based Total Training Solutions. They provide public scheduled, one company, online and computer based training services. Working with some of the largest names in the industry, including Citrix, TTS host instructor-led courses throughout the UK.

    The Citrix training options from Total Training Solutions include one day courses, offered to individuals at approved test centres and to companies at their own premises. There are also 2 and 3 day courses like Implementing Citrix Access Gateway 9.0 Enterprise Edition and Citrix XenApp (Presentation Server 4.5) Support and even 5 day courses like the Citrix XenApp 6.5 Advanced Administration. Tutor-led learning has the benefit of having an expert on hand to direct any questions to, with immediate response and group learning means practical tasks can be applied and ideas shared.

    The online and computer based Citrix courses from Total Training Solutions offer more freedom and flexibility to study in your own time. This can be particularly useful for those studying whilst maintaining full-time employment or those with a busy home life looking to for a learning pattern that suits their work/life balance. Modules can be studied and exams and papers sat at a pace that suits the individual and as people learn at different speeds, this study method may lead to a greater understanding and knowledge of the topic.

    Further details of the full Citrix course range available from Total Training Solutions can be found by visiting the course directory on their website. Here, you can also book your training course directly via the Book Now and Enquiry Forms on each course page. You can also email info@tts-uk.com or call 0800 612 1299.

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