There’s a lot of talk these days about desktop as a service (DaaS) and VDI solutions. Is one better than the other? 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 DaaS, you can experience all the same advantages of traditional VDI—minus the IT complexity and physical infrastructure costs.
Adopting cloud services can be a big decision—one that ultimately opens doors to a wide array of business-critical advantages. Still, we understand that you have questions. 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 DaaS (formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service).
Cloud security threats increase risk.
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 DaaS can dramatically reduce the risk of data loss and compromised systems. 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.
Cloud migration costs outweigh benefits.
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. Transitioning to Citrix DaaS has been proven to significantly reduce costs associated with legacy hardware, IT support, and overall management. And 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.
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 DaaS with Microsoft Azure.
more IT efficiency
fewer help desk tickets
reduction in legacy software
This is the kind of cloud migration ROI you can anticipate with Citrix DaaS, and it’s a lot easier to achieve than you might think.
Cloud migrations require a lot of time and resources.
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 to the cloud at the pace that works best for your business. 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. 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.
If you’re thinking about moving to Citrix DaaS, 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.
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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 DaaS can open your organization to a whole new world of agility, security, and cost savings.
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.
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