Is Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service right for you? Myth vs reality

Modernize your VDI to increase security, lower costs, and boost ROI

Adopting cloud services can be a big decision—one that ultimately opens doors to a wide array of business-critical advantages. And when it comes to Citrix cloud services, the agility you’ll gain can be tremendous. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service provides the same benefits you get with your on-premises deployment, but with far more flexibility.

You’ll have fast, easy access to new features and functionalities. Your infrastructure is always patched and up to date. You can rely on end-to-end visibility to detect and prevent security threats in real time. And, perhaps most importantly, you’ll be ready for anything. From business continuity plans to disaster recovery preparedness to supporting the day-to-day needs of an increasingly hybrid workforce, moving resources to the cloud makes it easy to meet a wide variety of use cases quickly and simply.

Still, we understand that you have questions. And you may be wondering about issues related to security, costs, and complexity. Keep reading for insights into some of the biggest myths around migrating workloads to the cloud—and to see why there’s never been a better time to take advantage of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service.


Why move from on-premises VDI to cloud?

If you’re thinking about moving to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service, you no doubt have questions. How long will the transition take? How much will it cost? Will my CISO sign off on the strategy? These questions and others like them are on the minds of many IT leaders. After all, moving away from legacy IT infrastructure is an important transition. And you need to get it right.

Recent research indicates that 40% of Fortune 500 firms will be wiped out by digital disruption within 10 years, and that many businesses are not fully ready to execute on digital strategies.1 Add in the fact that 82% of companies plan to embrace hybrid work models,2 and the benefits of a cloud-first IT strategy become even more compelling.

In other words...

The future of app and desktop delivery is in the cloud. And the time to start taking steps is now.

Thankfully, with Citrix, you can easily move to the cloud at your own pace. No matter where you are in your digital transformation journey, moving to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service can open your organization to a whole new world of agility, security, and cost savings.

Discover the many benefits of moving from on premises to Citrix cloud services

Why your business needs Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service


of employees prefer flexible work


of IT leaders are downsizing on-premises infrastructure


of organizations are looking to leverage desktop as a service (DaaS)

Sources: Citrix, ESG, Citrix

See how Citrix simplifies your cloud migration to help in each of these areas—and many more


VDI vs DaaS: What’s the difference?

Once upon a time, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) required a lot of hands-on patching, upgrading, and day-to-day maintenance. Today, things look much different. With Desktops as a Service (DaaS), you can experience all the same advantages of traditional VDI—minus the IT complexity and physical infrastructure costs. Only Citrix lets you choose from a wide range of options to modernize your VDI deployment based on what works best for your business. Whether you want to host infrastructure in the cloud, spin up cloud desktops on demand, or take advantage of fully-managed DaaS offerings, the choice is yours. And thanks to Citrix hybrid cloud flexibility, you can experience the management simplicity of DaaS deployments even for apps and desktops you continue to host on-premises.


Modernizing your VDI environment:
3 big myths explained

Still on the fence? You’re not alone. For many IT leaders, questions about complexity, security, and costs loom large. Gaining a stronger understanding of the many benefits of cloud migration can help clear up any doubts you may have.


Cloud security threats increase risk.


Moving to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service allows you to take advantage of advanced security analytics and a zero trust model to significantly reduce your attack surface.

Many IT and business executives fear moving workloads to the cloud will open the business to security vulnerabilities and compliance issues. In reality, transitioning to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service can dramatically reduce the risk of data loss and compromised systems.

Rather than relying on manual patches and version upgrades, security updates are applied regularly and automatically. Watermarking and session recording can be used to prevent data loss, while user behavior analytics alert you to suspicious activities long before they become breaches. From comprehensive cloud-delivered security to advanced access policy controls to robust security analytics, you’ll have all the tools you need to ensure your apps and data are continually protected—no matter where employees work or which devices they use. All without the risks and vulnerabilities associated with manual updates in the datacenter.

The facts about cloud security

With Citrix cloud services, you can:

Implement zero trust security

Protect your users, apps, and data with end-to-end contextual access

Detect and prevent security breaches

Identify threats in real-time with end-to-end security analytics

Simplify endpoint management

Keep users, apps, and devices secure with unified endpoint management

QBE has significantly ramped up security, yet not at the expense of employees’ interactions with their digital workspaces. Citrix has enabled us to keep our data secure.

Jethro Eastwood
Workplace Services Manager, Australia Pacific and Asia

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Cloud migration costs outweigh benefits.


Transitioning to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service has been proven to significantly reduce costs associated with legacy hardware, IT support, and overall management.

[Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service] enables us to automatically add or shut down servers based on usage which generates a cost saving when the additional capacity is not required.

Alan Blakey
Client Software Manager
Northumbria University

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For many IT executives, cost is one of the biggest barriers to implementing cloud initiatives. After all, your existing IT infrastructure is working well enough. Why risk the increased costs of running your infrastructure in the cloud?

While your on-premises environment may be meeting all your needs for today, there’s no guarantee the same will be true tomorrow. What happens when an unanticipated event leads to significant downtimes? Or an acquisition doubles or triples your number of users overnight? In these instances, you’ll need to scale quickly while keeping costs in check.

With Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service, you’ll be positioned to add new workloads to the cloud any time new needs arise—without having to worry about procurement costs associated with hardware, datacenter space, endpoints, and other IT equipment. In fact, according to recent research from Forrester, leveraging new cloud workloads can be a great way to minimize costs and maximize existing resources. Most notably, many companies are experiencing far fewer support calls and IT resource needs after transitioning to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service with Microsoft Azure. One study of 5,000 regular Citrix cloud service users revealed a 10% improvement in IT efficiency and $1.1 million reduction in legacy software and hardware savings. And because employees experienced fewer issues and interruptions after cloud migrations, there were also 3,000 fewer help desk tickets.3


more IT efficiency


fewer help desk tickets


reduction in legacy software

This is the kind of cloud migration ROI you can anticipate with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service, and it’s a lot easier to achieve than you might think.

With Citrix Autoscale, for example, you can optimize resources and costs by having workloads automatically powered on and off according to a set schedule. When resources aren't required, Autoscale will automatically shut down inactive workloads—and then boot them up again when needed. It's also easy to pool licensing with Citrix cloud services, so licenses can be reassigned when not in use.

"Instead of replacing outdated hardware, we decided to move to the cloud. Autoscaling the Citrix environment is a critical step that is necessary for us to meet our budget goals and show IT as an integral part of the corporate structure."

Ken McNeil
Director of IT infrastructure
Rain for Rent


Cloud migrations require a lot of time and resources.


Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service makes it easy to transition at the pace that works best for your business, whether you move everything at once or migrate in stages.

Often, transitioning to the cloud is viewed as a complex undertaking—one that will require extra manpower, skills, and know-how. Many IT leaders worry about the potential for significant down times during the transition and are resistant to walking away from critical datacenter investments.

With Citrix, migrating to the cloud doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing prospect. You can transition your virtual apps and desktops to the cloud at the pace that works best for your business, while leveraging existing investments and skills along the way. Move some of your infrastructure to the cloud while keeping the rest in your datacenter, or make incremental shifts while leveraging the public cloud of your choice. With the Automated Configuration Tool, it’s easy. You can migrate your Citrix configurations from on-premises workloads to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service in a few quick steps, based on what (and when) you want to move.

No matter which approach you choose to take, you can manage all of your apps and desktops from a single cloud console to gain total visibility across your environment.

And when you need the ultimate in simplicity—during mergers and acquisitions, for instance, or to onboard seasonal staff and contractors—Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service allows you to take advantage of Citrix-managed capacity and DaaS-hosted desktops to get new users up and running within hours. You can quickly spin up secure apps and desktops on demand from the cloud, and then scale back down once the need is no longer there.

Transition to the cloud with ease with Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service

Thanks to Citrix and our entire team of suppliers, we enacted a twentyfold increase in accommodating remote workers. In addition, we were able to immediately support an urgent public safety directive.

Ron Guerrier
CIO and Secretary of Innovation & Technology
State of Illinois

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No matter where you are in your cloud journey, Citrix can make the transition a seamless one. Securely deploy virtual apps and desktops on premises, hybrid with public clouds, or via easy-to-manage and scale DaaS. The choice is yours, and the pace is up to you.

For more insights to help with your decision, download the cloud migration resource kit including:

  • Forrester report: The Total Economic Impact of the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service
  • Customer testimonials: Peer Paper—How Citrix DaaS enables security and best-in-class employee experience
  • White paper: How managed DaaS enables you to quickly provision the virtual apps and desktops users need to stay productive—without doing everything yourself
  • ESG report: Trends in digital workspaces, VDI, and DaaS

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