The elasticity and economy of delivering XenApp on Microsoft Azure

If you’ve been around the IT block like I have then you probably remember setting up your first web server, mail server, or even an ftp server. Mine was an on premises MSMail server that we used for internal communication. I have to shake my head and chuckle when I think of that young System Engineer sitting in the server room fiddling with all those setup disks and stumbling through CMD prompts to get a service that we take for granted today.

“Back in my day we didn’t have cloud services. We had 20 floppy disks, x86 processors and an 8 tape disaster recovery plan!”

With the emergence of cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure, more and more IT services that we traditionally deploy on prem are becoming more attractive in a hosted model. And Microsoft Azure offers a reliable and flexible cloud platform that allows applications to be quickly deployed across Microsoft-managed datacenters. Azure offers monthly service level agreements (SLAs) of 99.95% to meet strict requirements for continuously available services.

Click here to read the XenApp on Microsoft Azure whitepaper.

But it’s not just about Microsoft being on the hook for your up-time. I like to look at the elasticity of the demand and also the economy of scale. Imagine you are the head of IT for a major university. Every semester you have thousands of new students, all of whom put additional demands on your desktop and application requirements. But you also lose thousands of students as well, hopefully to graduation but we all know the reality.

#DoubleSecretProbation (Can you name that movie?)

“Back in my day” you would spend countless hours re-purposing desktops and apps, buying new resources and troubleshooting hardware and software issues. Instead, today’s Admin can easily provision XenApp desktops and app workloads on Azure cloud services and save on infrastructure costs, and instead let Microsoft dynamically add or reduce compute power based on your demand. Elasticity!

And with the advancements in Citrix XenApp® 7.5’s management and scalability, a rich multimedia experience over any network and self-service applications with universal device support across a full range of mobile endpoints—including laptops, tablets, smartphones, PCs, and Macs. XenApp provides session and application virtualization technologies that make it easy for customers to manage centralized applications and apply the optimal combination of local and hosted delivery models to match user requirements.

Hosted desktop sessions can be deployed from the Citrix XenApp 7.5 or using Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 software if pooled virtual desktops are also required.

Desktop and Apps delivered with the ease and simplicity of your everyday electricity? Software delivered as electricity is what we preached back in 2001 and it just got a whole lot easier.

BTW, what was your first on prem IT service that is now cloud hosted? Write it in the comments.

Click here to watch a session from TechEd EMEA on XenApp on Azure.