Back in 2016, Gartner predicted that by 2019, over 30% of the 100 largest vendors new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only.
Then in 2018, independent research organization, VDI Like a PRO conducted an unbiased End User Computing – State of the Union’ survey, powered by the community. More than 750 people participated, and when asked, “Which (Server Based Computing) session broker solution is currently deployed on-premises?,” it revealed Citrix as the leader, with a 64% usage.
When asked, “Will you use, introduce or change to public cloud VDI/SBC (Remote Apps/DaaS)?,” the majority (47.61%) of respondents were determining or investigating what to do next.
What this means
Fast forwarding to today, there’s no doubt information technology is undergoing a cloud and digital transformation. But moving to the cloud means different things to different people. It’s not one-size-fits-all. There are many options, things to consider, and real-life needs.
Citrix is one option that now offers on-premises customers a path to the cloud.
What is Citrix Cloud?
Citrix Cloud is essentially a Platform as a Service with a growing number of services, providing cloud-based management with resources where you want. The core services are operated and maintained by Citrix, but you manage your workloads, whether on-premises or in any public, private, or hybrid cloud. A good rule of thumb here is to keep your apps and data together.
Citrix Cloud services portfolio
Top Reasons Customers Adopt Citrix Cloud
Adopt a Cloud-First Strategy
Today’s enterprises are looking to adopt a cloud-first strategy to help their business grow and keep at bay with the ever-changing technology waves that influence productivity, user workstyles, and business models.
Overcome IT Constraints
Customers are looking to overcome IT constraints related to costs, unlimited scale, and unparalleled agility to help them eliminate risks, save time, and reduce cost.
No More Upgrades
Because Citrix manages the control plane, the environment is considered evergreen, which helps IT focus on more important tasks than managing the technology.
Leverage Hybrid Cloud Environments
Customers are looking for the flexibility of leveraging hybrid cloud environments for their disaster recovery, phase migration, geo expansion, and burst needs.
Speed Time-to Value
Enterprises are looking to rapidly adapt to evolving business needs and market changes. With faster onboarding, deployment and production services, users are enabled to work from anywhere, anytime, and from any device.
Is Citrix Cloud better than doing it myself?
Because Citrix Cloud manages the control plane, it offers you more support and integration with the cloud versus installing and managing an on-premises version in the cloud yourself.
With the availability of these services, and the rise of Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS), today’s customers face the hard decision of whether or not to move to Citrix Cloud. So, stay tuned for our next blog series, where we’ll help you decide if Citrix Cloud is right for you.
In the meantime, if you haven’t checked out VDI Like a Pro, I urge you to do so. It provides a lot of valuable insights into real-world deployments that you can benefit from. Lastly, if you’re looking to learn more about Citrix Cloud or DaaS, please reach out to us. We’d love to help you out.
Architect, End User Computing at Anexinet