VIRTUALIZATION, IN COMPUTING, REFERS TO THE ACT OF CREATING A VIRTUAL VERSION OF SOMETHING, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO A VIRTUAL COMPUTER HARDWARE PLATFORM, OPERATING SYSTEM (OS), STORAGE DEVICE, OR COMPUTER NETWORK RESOURCES.
The cloud is all about agility and flexibility, but agile and flexible can look different to different people. For app developers, it could be one cloud service provider. For marketing, it might be another. For IT, a third third-party provider could be the preferred platform. As a result, enterprises today have a new challenge: how to manage multiple clouds.
A unified cloud offers several advantages to enterprises. By managing multiple clouds through a single management system, enterprises can better control security, ensure regulatory compliance, enforce business policies, and share data between applications. A unified cloud also allows enterprise to deploy virtual desktops faster and manage them more efficiently in a multi-cloud environment.
Healthcare is a good example of how unified cloud management can make a difference. The healthcare industry is marked by merger and acquisition; new employees are added, apps are migrated, access privileges and policies change, etc. Managing all of this change across multiple clouds can be complex and time consuming, resulting in critical delays as new physicians and staff are onboarded. With unified management solutions like Citrix Workspace Cloud, however, managing apps and users in a multi-cloud environment is no different than managing them in a single cloud from a process perspective, meaning that you can onboard personnel and update apps in minutes rather than days or weeks. In other words, you have the flexibility and agility that attracted your enterprise to the cloud in the first place.
Although Citrix isn’t the only vendor in this space, they have a leg up on many of their competitors because of their history in the application delivery space. Many enterprises already have Citrix skills in place (e.g., their apps may already be deployed through XenApps), so there’s an existing comfort level with Citrix’ logical approach to cloud management. If you’re looking to reduce your cloud opex even further, Rolta AdvizeX can manage your unified cloud/Workspace environment for you.
Unified cloud management is a sound part of any cloud strategy, but maybe you don’t have a cloud strategy in place. If not, Rolta AdvizeX can help you create one through our Cloud Advizer services. With Cloud Advizer, we identify which apps and use cases can benefit the most from the cloud, and then help you migrate and manage them.
Increasingly, cloud isn’t becoming an “either/or” but an “and/and” proposition for enterprises as cloud decision-making becomes decentralized. Unified cloud management from Rolta AdvizeX and Citrix can restore clarity to your cloud strategy and avoid cloud confusion.
Ask two different people what defines an effective business application, and you’re likely to get two different answers. For top-level management, enhanced productivity is the top priority for applications. Business-level users, however, would point to mobility and ease of use. And for CIOs, the answer might be security. Fortunately, businesses don’t have to choose a single answer; they can have it all with Citrix.
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