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Desktop and app virtualization is a critical enabler of enterprise mobility, delivering resources as a service to users working anywhere, on any device, while providing centralized control and management. Strategically, it offers a platform for future changes to the IT environment, such as moving to the cloud. Even if you have already implemented a virtualization solution, our experts can assist you in optimizing or scaling your environment to meet your business needs. We can also provide guidance in migrating apps, tailoring desktops to different user groups or ensuring high-performance delivery to remote locations. Citrix Virtualization Managed Services can assist you where you need help. Design engagements help gather and describe the business requirements for desktop virtualization, then define and document the design of a Citrix solution that meets the particular business and IT objectives. All design documentation is thoroughly reviewed during the Citrix Quality Assurance process, to ensure technical accuracy, risk mitigation, and alignment with Citrix Virtualization Managed Services leading practices and extensive field experience.

Citrix Virtualization Managed Services Assessment engagements evaluate technical infrastructure and business processes as they relate to successfully delivering applications and desktops using Citrix solutions. These consist of interactive sessions to discuss characteristics of the technical environment and related business processes while sharing proven best practices and field experiences. Assessments may complete a comprehensive analysis of the infrastructure areas that affect the performance, scalability and maintenance of the existing and/ or planned Citrix environment, and also the resolution of any issues identified. Pilot deployment engagements rapidly deploy a standardized, production ready virtualization solution. This is a fast way to build a Citrix virtualization baseline deployment for future expansion and configuration. Deployment engagements involve installing, and configuring a Citrix solution to meet the specifications from the Design phase of the Citrix Virtualization Managed Services methodology. This may include supporting the integration of applications required, and performing thorough testing of all infrastructure components.

Citrix Virtualization Managed Services Operations Support

Citrix Virtualization Managed Services has a number of services to support the ongoing operation of your Citrix solution. These include “Operations and Support Design” services to review you current application and desktop management operations and support framework in order to assess its suitability and readiness to support your Citrix solution, and propose additional activities for optimal performance. This may also include services such as the creation of Runbooks providing guidance on specific technical tasks or maintenance activities, based on Citrix leading practice and customer experience.

Remote Monitoring

Citrix Citrix Virtualization Managed Services Remote Monitoring simplifies the adoption, management and future expansion of a Citrix solution. Whether required for a short—term issue identification and stabilization project, multi-year infrastructure monitoring and administration or expansion of your environment, Citrix experts are available to help. Remote Services can help you identify and resolve issues faster, maximize uptime, implement change control and best practice and free your IT team to focus on other projects. This cost-effective offering brings together a unique blend of experience, people, tools and pro­cesses to help you achieve the greatest benefit and returns from your Citrix investment.
Citrix Virtualization Managed Services

Advanced Layer-4

Current SDN technologies operate at Layer-2 and Layer-3 and are missing the opportunity to truly deliver on the full promise of the solution. The next-generation NetScaler platform unifies best-in-class Layer-4 and Layer-7 network services into an application control layer, and can integrate this application control with both existing transport networks and emerging SDN technologies. This application control layer can make emerging Layer-2 and Layer-3 SDN architectures completely app-driven, by using app-centric definitions and policies to simplify network design, while making the whole network more intelligent.

With its centralized management plane, NetScaler alleviates the overhead and sprawl usually associated with serving complex networking applications. Through intuitive workflows, administrators can enable provisioning and deploying of new network services on demand. The central plane also acts as a single point of visibility, providing a coherent view of the operational characteristics for all the instances running on the appliance. This software-driven approach makes it possible to successfully support the dynamic changes inherent in today’s cloud-based, app-driven environment.

Benefits

Compared to the advancements in compute and storage virtualization, networking has fallen behind in fully realizing the promise of enterprise cloud computing. The dynamic nature of cloud services requires a new level of flexibility and scalability, which goes beyond the capabilities of today’s data center networks. Transitioning to software-defined networking (SDN) incorporates programmability and agility into your network, enabling it to keep pace with business demands.

Current SDN technologies operate at Layer-2 and Layer-3 and are missing the opportunity to truly deliver on the full promise of the solution. The-generation NetScaler platform unifies best-in-class Layer-4 and Layer-7 network services into an application control layer, and can integrate this application control with both existing transport networks and emerging SDN technologies. This application control layer can make emerging Layer-2 and Layer-3 SDN architectures completely app-driven, by using app-centric definitions and policies to simplify network design, while making the whole network more intelligent.

Citrix Netscaler

Citrix NetScaler was created to transform traditional networks into next-gen, app-driven enterprises. Designed for use in virtualized networks, it’s ideally suited to integrate with SDN and cloud orchestration systems. The platform combines the flexibility of virtualization with the resiliency, reliability, and performance of purpose-built network appliances. Eliminating the need for multiple physical devices, a single Citrix NetScaler can be deployed in a multi-tenant environment, while also offering traffic isolation and dedicated resources per tenant.

Administrators can rightsize instances based on the workload required per tenant, with fine-grained control over the CPU, memory, and SSL hardware resources, to achieve performance goals.

Features

On demand cloud services and SDN allow organizations to quickly grow and transform to meet the demands of the modern workplace. Citrix NetScaler enables organizations to ensure the best security, performance and reliability whether workloads run in the data center or in an external cloud. By allowing IT to deliver every application workload at scale and with simplicity, organizations can benefit from all that cloud computing has to offer. Expanding the virtual network infrastructure portfolio.

Citrix and Cisco have delivered the Citrix NetScaler 1000V, a best in class application delivery controller that redefines Layer-4 and Layer-7 services. Building on Cisco strength in Unified Fabric and Unified Compute, and Citrix strength in intelligent, application delivery, the architecture runs on the Cisco Nexus Virtual Service Platform to provide a virtual network infrastructure that delivers scalability, elastic instantiation, and multi tenant operation, all with a common approach to service provisioning and management. The Citrix NetScaler 1000V is available via the normal Cisco sales and worldwide channels, providing a smooth migration path for Cisco ACE, GSS and CSS customers. Citrix NetScaler is the Cisco ACE replacement product recommended by Cisco.

SDN Integration

From existing physical networks to various Software-Defined network models, such as OpenDaylight or a virtual network overlay, Citrix NetScaler can benefit any enterprise. Citrix delivers the same functions and features across all of Citrix NetScaler ADC platforms, physical or virtual, so that any of them can be integrated into an environment and provide the necessary Layer-4 and Layer-7 network services to ensure application availability, performance, and security.

With its centralized management plane, Citrix NetScaler alleviates the overhead and sprawl usually associated with serving complex networking applications. Through intuitive workflows, administrators can enable provisioning and deploying of new network services on demand. The central plane also acts as a single point of visibility, providing a coherent view of the operational characteristics for all the instances running on the appliance. This software-driven approach makes it possible to successfully support the dynamic changes inherent in today’s cloud-based, app-driven environment.