How do I transition to the cloud with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service?

Learn how to transition to Citrix Cloud Virtual Apps and Desktops Service in four easy steps.

Many organizations have partnered with Citrix to shift to the cloud in order to achieve scalability, cost efficiency, and improved employee productivity. Whether you’re looking to deliver the combined benefits of a secure digital workspace for the entire company, or choosing the Citrix services that meet your needs, Citrix has designed multiple offerings to make that transition seamless. This page is designed to give existing Citrix administrators a high-level overview on how to simplify the transition to the cloud.

Step 1: Plan

The planning phase for moving from a completely on premises Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployment to the Citrix Cloud Virtual Apps and Desktops Service is the most important step in your transition strategy. This is where you determine your organization’s cloud readiness, key stakeholders, and whether or not the organization will take a hybrid approach. The planning phase is also where you would choose the particular cloud provider that best works for your needs. Whether it is Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform or Oracle Cloud Platform, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service is designed to work seamlessly with the industry’s leading cloud providers to securely deliver your digital workspace.  

Step 2: Test and Assess

Once you have completed the planning phase, it is important to test critical applications and services in sandboxed environments with a proof of concept (PoC). This is the phase for performance testing and for assessing whether apps are ready for the cloud or should remain on premises. With a proof of concept, you can try the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service in your production environment.

Step 3: Transition

After you’ve determined where your workloads and data will reside, it’s time to transition all or some of your apps, data, and desktops to the cloud. First, establish connectivity by bridging the current, on premises IT infrastructure and new resource locations. This includes establishing connectivity between on premises and cloud resources with a VPN, connecting your Active Directory, and installing Citrix Cloud connectors. Having Citrix Gateway Service in your resource locations also ensures your traffic is optimized and secured. Now you can aggregate your on-premises and cloud resources for all your users, design your master application server and desktop images, and leverage the power of application layering to simplify administration.

Step 4: Optimize

Once you’ve adopted the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service management plane, you can validate the health and performance of service and workloads with Smart Check, a component of Citrix Smart Tools, a free service designed to help you optimize your site performance. Citrix Smart Tools optimizes Citrix sties by checking the health of running systems and helping to keep costs under control. The optimization phase is where you educate your end users with training and awareness, ensure adoption, and leverage Citrix monitoring tools to track usage of your IT services.  

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