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Citrix VDI: Comparing On-Premises vs Azure Cloud [2018 Infographic]

Our guide to help you decide 

Author: Neil, Practice Lead  
  
Last updated: March 2, 2018

Traditional desktop estates are becoming increasingly outdated as a result of changing employee behaviours, costs and functionality.

In the modern workplace, more and more employees are favouring agile working policies, with 4.2 million UK employees working from home.

It’s clear there’s never been a higher demand for a reformed workspace. Fortunately, the right solution for your business is already ready and waiting.

Comparing Traditional desktop Infrastructure versus Citrix on Azure

With new working practices stretching the limitations of traditional PC estates, a more modern, faster and economically better solution is needed.

Introducing: Citrix on Azure.

 

 

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This flexible Desktop as a Service (DaaS) infrastructure can enable your business to:

  • Create a more efficient workspace
  • Lower IT labour costs
  • Increase security

But, how do you know a DaaS solution is the best fit for your business? In this blog post, we’ll discuss the security, costs and productivity bonuses of both PC estates and Citrix on Azure to help you decide.

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1. Security: On-Premises vs in Azure Cloud

The average employee brings 2.9 devices to work each day.

These devices may be efficient and portable, but without a secure and well-managed infrastructure, your employees may be putting your organisation at risk.

With a traditional desktop infrastructure, your business may find it increasingly difficult to secure and integrate your employees’ pool of portable devices. What’s more, an on-premises estate can be both difficult and costly to secure and back-up.

However, a DaaS solution can help to improve desktop security.

With Citrix on Azure, 94 percent of organisations experience security benefits that they didn’t experience with their on-premise solutions. And, while cloud security concerns persist, 62 percent of businesses say privacy protection has increased since their migration.

2. Cutting Citrix Costs in the Microsoft Cloud

Procuring, provisioning, and managing traditional desktop estates can be costly for your organisation, with 50 percent of the total cost of an on-premise PC infrastructure spent on IT labour alone.

Investing in more innovative solutions can cut this cost significantly and allow you to spend more time and money on improving mission-critical processes.

But, just how much can you save with a DaaS infrastructure?

Citrix on Azure has almost zero CAPEX costs and lower, more visible, OPEX costs which can reduce the price of storage by up to 80 percent. What’s more, a DaaS estate is based on a pay-per-use model, ensuring that your organisation only ever pays for the resources it needs.  

3. Fuel Success: Productivity and Growth with a Modern VDI Estate

Working with, rather than against, common trends in workplace technology can help your employees remain productive.

A traditional desktop infrastructure makes it hard to accommodate flexible working. Without splurging money on suitable remote PC access software, your employees will be unable to work productively outside of your office. What’s more, in order to scale business processes and accommodate more users, your company will have to spend more money on software upgrades and additional hardware.

A DaaS solution, however, can help your business harness the power of:

  • Remote workforces
  • Portable devices
  • Scalability

And the figures speak for themselves.

Citrix on Azure allows employees to adapt quickly to new workloads, as well as supplying the elastic infrastructure necessary for rapid onboarding and seasonal work.

 

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In fact, around 70 percent of Azure users cite scalability and business agility as the most important drivers for using cloud services.

On-Premises vs Azure Cloud: Choosing a Workspace that Works for You

When it comes to traditional versus DaaS, there isn’t much competition.

Although a PC estate can provide you with the physical comfort of having your assets close to home,

Citrix on Azure can Offer Better:

  • Security
  • Cost
  • Productivity

If even one of these can be improved by moving from your current desktop estate, you’re already in a stronger position. However, it’s important to take the time to assess your options and talk to an experienced partner to learn how you can integrate a DaaS solution into your business.

Ready to take your first steps towards a modern desktop infrastructure? Check out our VDI cost calculator to find out how much you could save.

Topics: Azure, VDI, Citrix

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