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Citrix SmartScale and Microsoft Azure

Citrix SmartScale and Microsoft Azure

Being heavily invested in Azure these days, and what I often see is that people want to leverage Azure and all the new cool technology that becomes available there but often the price is to high when doing the calculations based upon what they already have, and now with the release of N-series in Azure, it has become even more interesting since we now can have a GPU rented per minute!

Now for those working with Citrix the ability to do Power and Capacity features have been working quite well for on-premises deployment, but now with XenDesktop 7.11 for instance we now have the ability to integrate directly with Azure ARM for instance and provision machines based upon MCS directly from Citrix Studio. What if we now could have a feature that could shutdown N-series VM’s when we are not using them to save a customer money?

Now we could have Azure Automation scripts to shut down virtual machines on a schedule but that would require a lot of work in order to take care of the users sessions and such. So enter Citrix Cloud SmartScale! its a pretty new feature which is located under LifeCycle Management (I’m still in the process of getting a understanding of the licensing) so that will come a bit later…

Read the entire article here, Citrix SmartScale and Microsoft Azure

via Marius Sandbu.

IT Blog by Marius Sandbu Marius Sandbu (@msandbu on Twitter), works as an Cloud Architect at Exclusive Networks/BigTec in Norway. Primary focusing on Software defined datacenter solution and how they integrate with end-user computing technology and also works alot with cloud solutions like Microsoft Azure. Marius is also an Microsoft MVP, Veeam Vanguard, VMware vExpert and is also the author of many Citrix NetScaler books and shares his thought and ideas about technolgy on his blog.

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