Citrix Desktop-as-a-Service Now Available for Hybrid Cloud Use Cases

As the world of work is fast shifting to hybrid models, Citrix is announcing its Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution for hybrid cloud. It is also matching hyperscaler-specific deployment options, making it easier for companies to stand up the secure, high-performing workspaces for flexible workforce demands.

Photo Carisa Stringer, VP Product Marketing at Citrix
“In expanding the options for deploying Citrix DaaS, we can help them accelerate the transition to hybrid work and unlock the benefits it can deliver,” said Carisa Stringer, VP Product Marketing at Citrix.

According to a recent global survey, 75 percent of IT and security leaders view DaaS as a key enabler of secure work within their organization, while more than 50 percent have or plan to implement it in the year ahead.

“Businesses want a modern and secure desktop, application, and data delivery strategy that reflects the reality of how users work and can keep up with the rapid change of business applications and devices, without amplifying the management and security burden that already weighs heavily on IT shoulders,” said Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “DaaS possesses the unique combination of attributes that appeals to businesses across industries: improved time to value, cost reduction, and enhanced security.”

Secured Hybrid Work

Citrix DaaS would deliver on all fronts. Formerly known as Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Service, this cloud-based service addresses the needs of distributed workers by providing a secured, agile, and easy way to rapidly deliver applications or desktops from any cloud or data center to any device worldwide. By using the DaaS offering, IT teams can:

  • Strengthen Security – Store sensitive information on a secure cloud server and leverage a zero trust security approach to protect all devices, including unmanaged and Bring Your Own
  • Enhance the User Experience – Provide consistent, simple access to the applications and data employees need to get work done, wherever it needs to get done
  • Improve Productivity – Serve up unified, one-click access to work resources that empower employees to perform at their best
  • Increase Business Agility – Scale desktops up or down on demand across all employee types – including FTEs, contingent and seasonal workers, temp labor, freelancers, designers and even partners – to meet flexible work needs
  • Simplify IT – Rapidly provision desktops in a zero-touch manner to speed onboarding
  • Reduce Costs – Reduce maintenance and TCO for managed or unmanaged devices connecting to cloud-delivered apps, desktops, and management capabilities

“DaaS business and technology needs are different for every organization,” said Carisa Stringer, Vice President Product Marketing at Citrix. “Some customers need to balance their existing datacenter resources with cloud expansion goals, and others are new to DaaS and embarking on a cloud-first initiative with their hyperscaler of choice.”

That’s why Citrix DaaS is available in two flavors:

  • Hybrid DaaS – Provides maximum flexibility to manage on-prem and cloud environments together and rapid provisioning, streamlined cloud management, and comprehensive tools to deliver hybrid work solutions
  • DaaS for Hyperscalers – Designed for simplicity, the turnkey solution allows for rapid deployment of apps and desktops on public clouds, including Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform

“Companies have long relied on Citrix to deliver secure remote desktops,” added Carisa Stringer. “In expanding the options for deploying Citrix DaaS, we can help them accelerate the transition to hybrid work and unlock the benefits it can deliver.”