With the introduction of Citrix Workspace Cloud (CWC) Citrix showed a renewed interest in cloud based services, although cloud can mean a lot of things the introduction and implementation is in line with the thoughts of Nutanix’s scale out model and focus on ease of use and time to market.
First of all, a schematic overview of CWC:
CWC enables Citrix Solution Advisors (CSA), Enterprise Admins and Citrix Service Providers (CSP) to log on to the CWC portal and stand up a Citrix environment, whether it’s Windows Desktops and Apps (XenApp/XenDesktop), Mobility (XenMobile), Data and content sharing (ShareFile) or App Lifecycle Management (CLM): it’s all just one click away from deployment.
Utilising all the work from Citrix to deploy their control plane in a cloud based solution levering on premises technologies like local data centers (being a hybrid cloud solution) or doing a full cloud based solution with public clouds (Amazon, Azure etc.) or even service provider cloud this introduction will take away all the effort of installing and configuring separate instances of software minimising the chances of delay in your roll out.
The CWC Edge Services will enable all remote actions eliminating the need of local components of the control plane (think of Studio, Director and all those other components needed locally to manage your Citrix environment). Also the CWC Edge Services will give you the possibility to scale as far as your environment needs to scale, like Nutanix’s scale out philosophy where there should be no limits in your infrastructure holding your business back from expansion and growth giving back the agile style of doing business to your end users.
Concluding we can say that with the control plane of your Citrix services in the CWC cloud solution and the natural ease of use and scalability of Nutanix we can help enable your end users and your business with rapid (but controlled) deployments of your services while levering the best of both worlds.
With the announcements of Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV) being Citrix Ready it will be possible to utilize the Nutanix Acropolis APIs to configure and install your CWC-based Citrix environment for XenDesktop, XenApp, ShareFile and NetScaler on the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor. Another way to deploy your Citrix environment on Nutanix AHV could beusing Citrix LifeCycle Management (CLM) to talk to our APIs and automatically deploy your VMs.
In the meanwhile we’re getting the works done to fully support power management and automated provisioning so as a teaser:
Stay tuned for more!
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[…] Kees Baggerman from Nutanix posted this teaser on his website. Of how the integration might look like http://blog.myvirtualvision.com/2015/08/31/citrix-launches-cwc-whats-in-it-for-you/ […]
Kees – how much of this is real? I respect Nutanix because they only deliver real stuff. I’ve used CWC and it’s vaporware.. it doesn’t work yet.
The screenshot in the article is from a demo I received from one of our dev’s, while this was for the on-premises solution you can imagine that CWC will get similar functionality. For now you could easily address our Acropolis APIs via PoSH using CLM to deploy on CWC. I’m running VMs on CWC for a while now and while it had some hickups during the beta phase (PMs and devs responded almost instant when I reported something tho) it seems to work without any issues for me now.