How to use Citrix Smart Tools – Smart Scale to reduce your XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure Cloud resource costs
Most of the Citrix Architects and Consultants out there in the field, nowadays looking to (or already are) partitially moving to the Public Cloud. The most approach that I’ve seen throughout the year, are first choosing for a hybrid and/or Proof-of-Concept Cloud scenario. Lifting and shifting small pieces of their resources to the Cloud, just to get more confident about the Cloud. What I’m also seeing is that company’s using a new Cloud-first strategy, when new purchases must take place, the Cloud will then the first place or used as comparing material with on-premises optional.
In addition, I’m also receive a lot of arguments on the public Cloud, one that came out the most is that it is still too expensive to move your complete Citrix workload into Microsoft Azure. Okay, wait… Citrix Smart Scale can fix that for you… That’s the reason why every Citrix (Cloud) customer should consider Smart Scale!
Furthermore, I’m also see that people are not thinking about the large amounts of benefits of the Cloud. Such as the possibility to up and downsize your environment to your own needs, without buying own hardware which needs to be managed for example. On the other hand, this will result in over committing of resource / consumption costs. When choosing for the Cloud for XenApp and XenDesktop, such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS). This wouldn’t be a problem, just because you only pay what you use!
So how can Smart Scale fix that for you? For example, when a customer has the same working days of 9 to 7 with a XenApp environment of 10 Virtual Machines for serving their 700 concurrent users (CCU). Why does all those servers still need to run after 7 o’clock? No, it doesn’t always the answer with a Yes. With the Citrix Smart Tools: Smart Scale you are able to accomplish this, and there is more… You are also able to read out / create reports of the savings that have been made, using Smart Scale. Your IT Manager would love this feature!
In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps of how you can activate Smart Smale, just when u use Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop on-premises with a host-connection to Azure ARM or when u use Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop Essentials and XenApp and XenApp Service from inside the Citrix Cloud.
Via Christiaan Brinkhoff at infrashare.net.