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How to configure the Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service using Azure Managed Disks and Citrix Optimizer

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In addition to one of my previous blogs about Smart Scale, that I’ve posted 2 weeks ago. I already wrote about the advantages of Smart Tools: Smart Scale. I’ll now would like to share my insights on the XenApp and XenDesktop service from the Citrix Cloud. This will be a blog series of 4 articles in total.

But first let’s start with a short introduction…

In today’s world, where many companies searching for their upcoming Public Cloud strategies. The most common and stable Datacenter platform at this moment is definitely the Microsoft Azure Cloud. With 100+ datacenters locations around the globe, with 120.000 new customers each month and part of the top 3 networks in the world – it is the best and most reliable datacenter.

Citrix delivers 3 types of Workspace Solutions out their own Cloud, named Citrix Cloud, XenApp and XenDesktop Essentials are delivered through the Azure Marketplace and the XenApp and XenDesktops Service is being sold directly from the Citrix Cloud. Also with the new Cloud-first strategy, we will see more future releases of those in the near feature, but Cloud-First doesn’t mean Cloud Only for Citrix…  (Expect all the innovations on the Cloud, that are currently released, such as the Managed Disks improvements, also on XenApp and XenDesktop 7.16!)

Furthermore, Citrix also gives companies the possibility to migrate/transition their on-premises environment to the Citrix Cloud by using so called trade-up programs, where you can convert on-premises Enterprise or Platinum licenses to Citrix Cloud: XenApp and XenDesktop Service Platinum licenses. For the record, this program is only possible for the full-blown Service solution, and cannot be used for the other solutions in Azure, such as XenApp and XenDesktop Essentials. If you are interested in this trade-up program, please contact your Citrix representative or Sales Manager.

In this article, you’ll get everything to know about the XA and XD Service, just to get confident enough to start building yourself! And like almost all the Citrix Cloud products, it’s really easy to implement…

Read the entire article here, How to configure the Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service using Azure Managed Disks and Citrix Optimizer | christiaanbrinkhoff.com

Via Christiaan Brinkhoff at infrashare.net.

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Christiaan Brinkhoff Christiaan Brinkhoff works as a Sr. Workspace Consultant at Detron, one of the largest IT Company’s in the Netherlands. Within Detron he mainly focus on the area of expertises Workspace and Compute & Infrastructure on the larger enterprise customers. Next to his work, he also love to share his knowledge on several platforms, such as on Citrix Blogs, MyCUGC, his own blog on InfraShare.net, DABCC and the NetScaler MVP & IGEL Community Insider program. Throughout the last year, he is also been awarded as VMware vExpert and participate in the Citrix Subject Matter Expert program (SME) for writing and contributing to new Citrix exams. Follow him on Twitter @Brinkhoff_C

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