XenApp in the Cloud

Citrix XenApp™ is the on-demand application delivery solution that enables any Windows application to be virtualized, centralized and managed in the datacenter, and now the cloud, and instantly delivered as a service to users anywhere on any device.

XenApp reduces the cost of application management by up to 50 percent, improves application and data security and enables you to Simplify IT, Optimize delivery of virtual applications, and Accelerate business with efficiency.

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon EC2’s simple web service interface allows you to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment. Amazon EC2 reduces the time required to obtain and boot new server instances to minutes, allowing you to quickly scale capacity, both up and down, as your computing requirements change. Amazon EC2 changes the economics of computing by allowing you to pay only for capacity that you actually use. Amazon EC2 provides developers the tools to build failure resilient applications and isolate themselves from common failure scenarios.

When these two powerful technologies come together, amazing simplicity, scalability and efficiencies of scale are made possible. By utilizing Amazon EC2, XenApp administrators can quickly build and deploy XenApp farms in the cloud to meet capacity demands, or simply grow an infrastructure at a lower cost of ownership.

We wanted to show how you can create or extend your production XenApp farm into the cloud. A new Cloud Blueprint has been created and is available here – http://community.citrix.com/display/cdn/XenApp Production Farm in EC2. This deployment guide walks through the steps to create it in the Amazon EC2 cloud.

Deployment Guide

Production XenApp in Amazon EC2 Deployment Guide
Production XenApp in EC2 with Domain Trust at HQ
Security Groups for XenApp Farms in Amazon EC2

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