VDI Deployment Options

I enjoy having choices.

I like having choices between Hefeweizen, Amber and Pale Ales.

I like having a choice between playing Fallout, Mass Effect and Lego Star Wars.

I like having a choice between mountain biking, tennis or hiking (yes, you can do all of these in the winter in Minnesota).

I also have a choice in how to handle maintenance activities around my personal life. For example, I mow my own lawn, but I don’t change the oil in my car.  I don’t have the tools or skills needed to handle a car oil change, nor do I want to deal with the hassle. I’d rather pay to have someone else take care of it.

And I like that there is a choice in how one can deploy VDI.

With Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, we have a choice in how we deploy and that choice dictates how much we have to manage. The choice isn’t really about if you want to use Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops or Citrix Managed Desktops.  The choice is more focused on what you want to manage. And this relates to your team’s skill set and expertise.

A Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops solution can take on many delivery models. The organization’s business objectives help select the right approach. Even though the infrastructure remains the same for all delivery models, the local IT team’s management scope changes.

  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops – This delivery model can be deployed entirely on-premises, entirely in the cloud or in a hybrid model. Even though components of the solution are using different hosting providers and hypervisors, the entire environment is a single solution using the same code and managed as a single entity. The local IT team continues to manage all aspects of the solution (except for the physical hardware associated with the cloud-hosted resources). In many situations, organizations using an on-premises model will extend the environment to the cloud when required to support contractors or seasonal workers.
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service – Breaks a typical deployment into multiple management domains. The access and control layer components are hosted and managed in the cloud by Citrix while the resource layer components continues to be managed by the local IT team either as on-premises, public cloud or hybrid cloud model. Citrix manages the hardware, sizing and updates to the access and control components while the local IT team manages the resources. In addition, if the public cloud hosts the resources, the local IT team does not have to manage the resource hardware.
  • Citrix Managed Desktops – Citrix not only manages the access and control layer components (similar to the cloud service offering), but it also manages the hardware layer. Citrix Managed Desktops is a Microsoft Azure cloud-hosted solution. Although Citrix Managed Desktops does include template images, organizations will need to take those templates and add and configure the appropriate applications as well as user authorization to those resources.
  • Citrix Service Provider – A hosted service offering where a 3rd party organization designs, builds and manages a Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment on behalf of the organization. The Citrix Service Provider program is an outsourced IT management service that can handle solution deployments, updates and management.

So I ask you, what do you want to manage?

Daniel (Follow on Twitter @djfeller)


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