Site Aggregation Connectivity vs Direct Workload Connection

After I posted the blog on Direct Workload Connection, I started to think… Didn’t we already have something like this with site aggregation?

I even remember when I first talked about site aggregation in 2018 that I drew up this particular diagram

When we do site aggregation, we can have a user connect to on-premises virtual apps/desktops either through the Gateway Service, an on-premises Citrix Gateway or local access only. In order for local access only to work, users must be on the same internal network as the virtual resources.

This sounds very similar to the diagram from the direct workload connection blog in that internal users will go directly to the resource instead of through the Gateway Service.

What am I missing? It’s actually quite simple:

  • Direct Workload Connection is for the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service – this is the cloud-based solution
  • Site Aggregation is for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops – this is the on-premises solution

That single word completely messed up my understanding.

Unfortunately, when I first published the direct workload connection blog, my diagrams were incorrect in that they showed Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (on-prem) instead of the cloud service.

The diagrams have now been corrected

Daniel (Twitter: @djfeller)

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