From on-premises to hybrid cloud with Citrix Cloud

From on-premises to hybrid cloud with Citrix Cloud

If before the pandemic teleworking was testimonial, now this type of work has been consolidated as a common option among workers. Having work flexibility has ceased to be a luxury within the reach of a few, to become ‘almost’ a requirement to attract and retain talent. A fact that is forcing companies to update their traditional environments, which were not designed or configured for this work context.

There is a major shift taking place in the way businesses enable access to an ever-increasing set of applications and content, so we thought it would be interesting to take a trip back in time to remember the approaches that were used in more traditional implementations, to see how new trends are affecting the day-to-day of companies.

The change of approach that exists in traditional implementations and current implementations

In more traditional implementations, 100% on-premises, IT administrators centrally managed the physical workstations of the employees (desktops, applications, etc.) and the components of the IT infrastructure. This implied a high workload in updating, patching, configuring and updating devices, and devoting a large part of their work to maintaining the corporate infrastructure.

Currently, the characteristics of these local workspaces can weigh down many companies in a world increasingly based on cloud technologies .

Roughly, we could define these environments with the following characteristics:

  • Employees perform their job functions from a single device.
  • All content is based on a combination of local and network storage.
  • Work applications are largely based on Windows.
  • All users need to be physically present to perform their functions

This type of scenario poses a challenge for IT teams, having to maintain full control over the infrastructure and its components (virtual machines, applications, desktops, security…) while meeting business needs.

The year 2020 was a great challenge for many companies, which, in an accelerated manner, had to adapt their local work model to one that mainly allowed remote work, to guarantee business continuity, data security and productivity. from the workers.

Today’s workplace environment can be defined as a complicated set of applications, devices, and services, unique to each employee or department, accessed from different devices, locations, and networks, complicating access and security throughout the organization.

The challenge for IT departments now is to be able to unify and simplify these work environments. Precisely, the need to unify the user experience and create a managed service model for IT teams prompted Citrix to create Citrix Workspace Services.

By leveraging cloud architecture, organizations are able to connect resources, speed up processes, increase flexibility, and agility, simplify management, and improve security management.

What differences exist between a company that maintains a traditional approach versus a company with a modern approach?

1.- IT team approach 

While in companies with a traditional approach, the IT team makes a significant effort to manage and control the infrastructure, companies that make the leap to Citrix Cloud delegate management and control tasks and IT teams to cloud providers. Internals can focus on improving the user experience and higher productivity tasks.

2.- Access to innovation 

While in companies with a traditional approach, the IT team is in charge of updating the company’s software and hardware, companies with a modern approach refer these workloads to cloud providers who keep the versions updated, latest features, and security patches.

3.- Security 

While in companies with a traditional approach and their most critical applications on-premises, security depends on internal IT staff and they are the only ones who have to be aware of new cyber threats and keep systems updated with patches and protocols. latest protection systems, a company with a modern approach combines this work with a massive ecosystem of cloud providers who are security experts and are responsible for protecting the infrastructure, strengthening its overall security posture, and ensuring business continuity.

4.- Scalability 

When opting for a traditional model, keep in mind that infrastructure limitations dictated by iron make cost-effective scalability difficult. Instead, with a modern, hybrid cloud-centric approach, scalability is infinite and cost-effective, with the ability to modulate the level of computing power and performance required for specific workloads. With this modality, the system connects to the cloud only when necessary, maximizing the return on investment for existing local hardware.

5.- Business continuity 

For companies with all workloads on-premises, it is more difficult to ensure business continuity when an outage occurs. In contrast, with a modern approach, business continuity is seamless, and the centralized management plan allows additional workloads to be quickly deployed to any cloud provider or hypervisor resource location without having to recover core components.

6.- Amortization time 

When going with a traditional approach, initial acquisition times are longer for physical hardware; and the incorporation of new equipment and users is limited by the personnel available to carry out the work. However, turning to innovative solutions like Citrix makes it possible to get additional workloads up and running quickly and save time with simplified user onboarding. Additionally, IT leaders are allowed to focus on more strategic initiatives.

7.– Investment  

If you choose to keep applications on-premises, you are making a significant one-time investment in CapEx (Capital Expenditure), the ongoing and tiered funds of which are required to build infrastructure and keep it running over time. On the other hand, with a commitment to modernize the IT infrastructure, companies benefit from ” Pay as you Go ” and assume the investment as operating expenses.

What are the benefits of taking a cloud approach to our Citrix services? 

Here are the key benefits of modernizing your on-premises desktop with Citrix cloud services:

1.- Simplify management

Working with Citrix Cloud services reduces the complexity of installation, configuration, update management, and integrations.

2.- Improve the user experience

By evolving to Citrix Cloud services, users benefit from a good user experience on all devices and IT can deliver an optimal experience, whether workers are at home, on the road or in the office.

3.- Increase productivity 

By improving management, the IT team can focus on tasks that bring more value to users, while users can enjoy an optimal work experience no matter where they are.

If you are thinking of modernizing your local Citrix services to simplify management, increase the flexibility of your teams and make the leap to the cloud, services we advise you on the best way to evolve towards a cloud approach with Citrix services regardless of whether it is a hybrid cloud environment, private cloud or with Google and Azure hyperscalars.

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