Today’s user wants to access their data and information using any device, anywhere.

Citrix offers the user Citrix Receiver and Citrix Worx to allow them access, but what about from the IT end? Citrix has XenDesktop/XenApp for Applications and Desktops, XenMobile to provide full support to the mobile user and ShareFile for syncing and sharing data. But how does an IT organization react quickly to the needs of their customers?

There’s a need for an additional few hundred desktops, but not the desire to spin up full blown deployments of XenDesktop/XenApp, XenMobile or ShareFile, and all the additional infrastructure and physical hardware that goes along with it. The Cloud might be a viable option, but Enterprise customers typically have problems placing a full deployment in the Cloud.

For this, we offer Citrix Workspace Cloud.

Citrix Workspace Cloud allows you to create resource zones–either in the Cloud or on-premises–that will support Applications and Desktops, XenMobile, ShareFile and more.  Citrix hosts the infrastructure or Control Plane, you control the workload. By allowing Citrix to host the Control Plane, you place your workload resources in the Cloud or continue to host them in your on-premises Data Center.

At the bottom of this blog are some additional blogs about Citrix Workspace Cloud and how you can benefit from it.

But where do you start? How do you gain an understanding of what Citrix Workspace Cloud can bring to your environment?

The Citrix Solutions Lab has developed several documents to help you get started deploying application and desktop delivery resources for an on-premises deployment while using the Citrix managed broker and Storefront services as your Control Plane.

The documentation defines what you must complete prior to creating your on-premises resource location. This process includes obtaining a Citrix Workspace Cloud account, and the remaining steps you must take with the Citrix Workspace Cloud Apps & Desktops service to complete the configuration. The documentation also highlights the two possible Storefront locations, either on-premises or hosted by Citrix in the cloud, and the necessary connectivity between the Storefront and the Citrix NetScaler system.

By hosting these services within Citrix Workspace Cloud, Citrix enables IT to focus on their application and desktop delivery needs for on-premises, private/public cloud or hybrid model deployments.

For more information the following getting started guides can help in the process:

It is straight forward to build a resource zone in Citrix Workspace cloud, and access those resources from within the same zone.

However what if you want remote external access and have clients that don’t reside in the same zone?

Once you have completed the setup and configuration for the Applications and Desktops service, customers requiring remote external access to the resource zone will need to deploy and configure a NetScaler system.

A NetScaler system can be placed based on your deployment needs, in either on-premises or within a Cloud resource zone.

The following guides are available to help assist in the various deployments of a NetScaler VPX system:

If you are new to Citrix, Storefront consolidates applications and desktops delivery into a single connection point. You can learn more here.

NetScaler is the most advanced application delivery controller designed to optimize, secure and deliver enterprise and cloud services while maximizing the end user experience. More about NetScaler can be found here.

For more information about Citrix Workspace Cloud visit: