As a Citrix Service Provider, you’re always on the lookout for ways to deploy desktop and application services quickly, reliably, and cost-effectively.

By deploying Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop solutions on Microsoft Azure, you can supplement resources in your on-premise datacenter with Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) resources, making your IT organization more agile and able to respond more rapidly to customer needs.

When administrators follow proven best practices for deploying Citrix software on the Azure platform, it’s faster and easier to stand up hosted application and desktops.

This speeds up the process of on-boarding new subscribers or satisfying sudden shifts in customer demand. In addition, an Azure deployment can provide an easy and effective means of addressing disaster recovery.

So, what are the best practices for deploying XenApp and XenDesktop on Azure?

At Citrix Summit 2016 in Las Vegas, I’ll be joined by Prasanna Padmanabhan, who heads our Microsoft Solutions Engineering team, to explain how to design and build hosted XenApp and XenDesktop solutions on the Microsoft Azure platform.

Based on our deployment experiences, we’ll share basic concepts you’ll need to know to implement XenApp on Azure, including a review of Azure IaaS resources, design constraints, and architectural considerations. We’ll describe a sample XenApp deployment architecture—one that augments on-premise infrastructure and extends it to support additional XenApp users when more capacity is needed.

We’ll share results from XenApp scalability testing on different Azure compute instances, and discuss how to scale XenApp components on Azure to meet density requirements. And we’ll explore the economic considerations of deploying on Azure, including a spreadsheet that estimates potential costs per user based on anticipated network, storage, and compute requirements.

In addition to presenting best practices and architectural advice, we’ll talk about what’s new and what’s on the horizon with respect to deploying on the Azure platform. Of note, NetScaler VPX is available in the Azure marketplace, which helps to simplify the installation of NetScaler load balancing and traffic management for XenApp workloads. We will also be demonstrating the latest enhancements in the upcoming release of XenDesktop to support Microsoft Azure as a first-class hosting platform for MCS provisioned VDAs.

The Azure platform now features a new deployment model called the Azure Resource Manager (ARM), which differs in many respects from the classic Azure Service Manager (ASM) model that has been traditionally available. For complex application deployments, ARM offers the simplicity and consistency of using a simple JSON based template to deploy and manage Azure network, storage, and compute resources. In this session, we’ll discuss deployment considerations for both the ASM and ARM models, including a simple one-click solution for deploying a complete XenAppsolution via the Azure Marketplace.

By extending your infrastructure with Microsoft Azure, you can gain the strategic advantage of greater flexibility for your XenApp deployments.

Register for session SUM227: Architecting a multi-tenant Citrix XenApp solution on Microsoft Azure and learn how to get started deploying XenApp on the Azure platform.

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