Planning to deploy Citrix or VDI? 3 Truths You Need to Consider Now

by Rana Kanaan on Sep 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The world is changing, Citrix and the existing VDI options are no longer optimum architectures for a next generation app delivery solution and here's why.  Citrix and VDI were architected for the homogeneous Windows-centric world of the early-mid 2000s. But today's workplace has evolved.  Consider these 3 facts in light of any decisions or recommendations you may be making.

1. Users are mobile workers using a variety of platforms. 

This means that input UI, log-on time, and network jitter become significant factors on user experience and productivity.  Citrix XenApp and VDI were designed to optimize a PC on wired Ethernet, not mobile.

2. The number of new, native Windows apps pales in comparison to web and mobile.

10 years ago, 80% of all enterprise apps required Windows Server or desktop OS. Today, companies are shifting to OS agnostic HTML5 and native mobile apps, which is reducing IT's need to support Windows OS infrastructure in the data center. Citrix and VDI were created from day one to deliver Windows apps and desktops, not this new heterogeneous reality with HTML5 and native mobile apps.

3. Companies can (must) take advantage of cloud-based service’s economic and scalability benefits.

By way of comparison, Citrix and VDI take a lot of infrastructure and don't scale instantly.  So delivering a SaaS-based application thru VDI or Citrix negates the benefits of cloud services. 

To illustrate why Citrix and VDI fall short, let's revisit app delivery in our 4x4 matrix

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End users want to access all their apps from any device (as shown in the matrix).  Citrix XenApp and VDI help you cover just the first row of this matrix.

 IT leaders seeking versatile, contemporary solutions need a platform to securely deliver any app on the y-axis (Web, Windows, Network Shares, Hybrid, and Native) to any device on the x-axis (iOS, Android, Windows PC, and Mac).   

The 4x4 matrix excludes device management because managing the devices is an orthogonal problem. IT needs to deliver applications to both managed AND unmanaged devices. Since today less than 20% of the devices in the world are managed, delivery to any device, not managing the device is the more urgent issue. 

We believe that a Workspace as a Service solution overcomes these challenges and provides a simple way for end users to securely access all their applications and data.

Want to learn more? Check out our Technical Whitepaper, which details how Workspace as a Service enables Secure Access to Applications and Data from any device:

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This post was written by Rana Kanaan