Desktops solutions – #1: Citrix Workspace cloud
It’s a series, so part 1 is about Citrix Workspace cloud.
Part 2 will be about VMware Project Enzo and part 3 about VMware Horizon Air.
Perhaps a part 4 and 5 will be coming as well talking about the on-premises solutions of both vendors.
Citrix Workspace cloud
First let’s take a look at Citrix Workspace Cloud. It’s a cloud based workspace model that allows you to run your resources (shared or private desktops) in the cloud or on-premises.
Where are my backend server?
- The backend servers, the controller, the database and the storefront server are located in a Citrix cloud.
Where are my desktops/Applications?
- It’s the Citrix mantra, anywhere you want, in the cloud or on-premises
Will my data be safe?
- Your data is never stored with Citrix, your data is stored where you allow it to be stored. If you run hosted and your data is stored there you need to make sure it can’t be access by anyone else.
Who manages my backend server?
- Citrix, they will make sure the servers are updated and patches are applied.
Who manages my desktops/applications?
- I hope you do or someone you pay to do that. You deploy them so you manage them
Who can access my data?
- That’s up to your configuration, make sure you got a good data protection plan ready and make sure data can only be shared with people you trust the way you trust.
- Only MCS is supported at this moment, to manage it from the cloud it’s kinda hard to have a few servers streaming on-premises. With MCS they don’t have that issue.
- Yes it is, look for a partner to help you with this. – e.g. PQR
There are a few things to understand before you understand Citrix Workspace Cloud, the following terms are related to Citrix Workspace Cloud:
- Resource locations
- Identity and acces management
- Cloud connector
- Life cycle management
- Citrix Storefront servers
- Citrix Netscalers
- Virtual delivery agent (VDA)
- Citrix Life cycle management agents (CLCMA?)
- Citrix cloud connector
- Access to your Active Directory domain(s)
Identity and access management
- Active directory enumeration
- Publishing of resources (Desktops/applications)
- Publishing of delivery groups.
Life Cycle management
- There a several options, I added a screenshot from the different ones.
What kind of pricing is there?
- As expected there is a trade-up available. I did a quick trade-up to see what I would get. If you trade 1000 XenDesktop Enterprise concurrent user licenses you will get 2000 (1:2) Workspace cloud licenses.
- Per license you pay $62,50 extra so with 2000 licenses that is $323K (including $99 mandatory maintenance).
- If you don’t have licenses the initial costs per license are $450 + $99 maintenance, so according to sales people you save a lot 😉
- If you buy outside the trade-up program this number of licenses could be over $1M.