IT administrators are realizing that application deployments are getting more complex and error-prone than ever before. Additionally, the deployment of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications is only the first step in the lifecycle of applications. Once the workloads are deployed, IT administrators must continuously monitor the health of the workloads to ensure they are running at optimum performance, can scale efficiently to meet changing demands and are always available to end users even in case of application component or environment failures.

What if there were an integrated application service lifecycle management solution that empowers IT to streamline design, deployment and management of a broad array of application workloads across hypervisor or cloud environments, all through a single integrated console?

Now there is! We are excited to announce the General Availability of Citrix Lifecycle Management!

With Citrix Lifecycle Management current and new Citrix customers can:

  • Accelerate deployment and simplify management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications
  • Achieve consistent deployments by incorporating validated reference architectures, configurations and best practices with Citrix certified blueprints
  • Enhance IT Operations Management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications through application centric monitoring and alerts
  • Simplify upgrades of Citrix workloads

What is Citrix Lifecycle Management?

 

Citrix Lifecycle Management is a comprehensive cloud-based service lifecycle management solution to accelerate and simplify the design, deployment and ongoing management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications.

Lifecycle Management offers this functionality on a variety of virtual, private and public cloud environments enabling IT organizations to be more cost-effective and agile in service delivery. Lifecycle Management also helps maintain desired service levels and availability with a set of rich functionality around operations, redundancy, auto-scaling and disaster recovery of applications.

Built on blueprints that can incorporate validated reference architectures, configurations and best practices, this solution provides a unified and standardized set of management tools for rapid and best-practice-driven design, deployment and management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications across a broad range of virtual or cloud environments.

It involves low initial investment and provides flexibility with a pay-as-you-go model allowing IT organizations to make incremental investments in the product subscription as value is realized. Also, the software-as-a-service model has limited on-premises software installation reducing the pain of upgrades as there are no patches or newer versions to install as additional functionality is added to the product.

Lifecycle Management is delivered as a cloud-based service through the Citrix Workspace Cloud. Learn more about Citrix Workspace Cloud at http://www.citrix.com/workspacecloud.

Accelerate Deployment and Simplify Management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications

Key features and benefits of Lifecycle Management include:

Accelerate time-to-value of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications by removing provisioning bottlenecks and automating deployments of application workloads

Simplify the design, deployment, monitoring and updating of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications. Deploy application workloads as automated services to virtual, private or public cloud environments by selecting desired deployment resource locations and configuring the size and scale of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications deployments.

Incorporate validated reference architectures, configurations and best practices with Citrix-certified blueprints

Minimize the complexity associated with the deployment and ongoing management of Citrix workloads with out-of-the-box blueprints for XenDesktop, XenApp, XenMobile, NetScaler and Workspace Suite that include validated architectures, configurations and best practices.

Leverage a single console for design and deployment of applications across environments

Simplify Citrix workloads and enterprise application lifecycle management with a unified interface for application workloads. Cloud-based control enables access to the Citrix Lifecycle Management console from anywhere, from any device.

Enhance management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications through application-centric monitoring and alerting

Monitor the health, performance and availability of application workloads in real-time. Gain the ability to configure metrics for monitoring, alerts for these metrics and set thresholds on when alerts are issued. Additionally, administrators can set triggers to enable automatic scaling or disaster recovery. Automatically monitor application availability for IT and provision and configure new instances to meet performance expectations.

Improve SLAs by monitoring services and provide redundancy, auto-scaling and disaster recovery

Maintain service quality with automatic scaling of application workloads. Specify triggers for auto-scaling at each tier of an IT service based on a combination of metrics that are being monitored for the servers and applications. Automatically execute blueprint components to add or remove instances from each tier as part of the auto-scaling event. Improve service availability with the capability to define a disaster recovery site. In case of failure on the primary site, automatically launch the secondary site to maintain service continuity.

Enhanced user experience when upgrading to newer XenApp, XenDesktop versions

Automate upgrades of Citrix XenApp 6.x workloads to XenDesktop or XenApp 7.6 with Lifecycle Management Upgrade Service. Connect to a XenApp 6.x farm, export your XenApp 6.x farm application and policy settings and copy the application and policy settings from your XenApp 6.x farm to XenApp 7.6 site all in an automated fashion.

For current as well as new Citrix customers, Citrix Lifecycle Management helps IT administrators to:

  • Accelerate deployment and simplify management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications
  • Achieve consistent deployments by incorporating validated reference architectures, configurations and best practices with Citrix certified blueprints
  • Enhance IT Operations Management of Citrix workloads and enterprise applications through application centric monitoring and alerts
  • Simplify upgrades of Citrix workloads

Learn more about Citrix Lifecycle Management

Learn more about Lifecycle Management at www.citrix.com/lifecycle-management

Want to experience the radically simplified application workload delivery and management yourself?

To request a 60-day trial of Lifecycle Management, sign up for a free Citrix Workspace Cloud account or just sign in.