Desktop and Application Streaming

Citrix announces public tech preview of Citrix DaaS on Amazon WorkSpaces Core

Every year, organizations spend millions of dollars on under-utilized data centers and IT staff required to manage them. We’ve heard from many organizations currently running Citrix on-premises that they like the features included with the Citrix virtual desktop (VDI) management software, but want to leverage AWS Cloud infrastructure to improve return on investment (ROI) and enhance agility while maintaining a strong security posture.

Today, Citrix announced public tech preview of Citrix DaaS on Amazon WorkSpaces Core. The Citrix public tech preview allows customers to leverage new features and capabilities in a non-production or limited-production environment to test and provide feedback based on their experience. With this integration, organizations can extend their Citrix virtual desktop environments to highly scalable, cost-effective, secure AWS infrastructure while continuing to use their existing Citrix management software and Citrix HDX technology.

Deploying Citrix DaaS on WorkSpaces Core gives organizations the flexibility to move to the cloud at their own pace—running a hybrid solution including virtual desktops on-premises and virtual desktops on WorkSpaces Core, or fully migrating their on-premises Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure to WorkSpaces Core.

Citrix DaaS on WorkSpaces Core offers flexible billing and pay-as-you-go pricing, allowing organizations to add or remove users while only paying for the resources they use. WorkSpaces Core helps organizations simplify operations and logistics by eliminating the need for capacity planning, freeing internal resources to work on higher-ROI initiatives. Because AWS refreshes the hardware for Amazon WorkSpaces Family services transparently to the customer, organizations have access to the latest infrastructure technology without having to wait for a hardware refresh. Additionally, by leveraging highly secure, fully managed AWS Cloud infrastructure, IT organizations can improve their security posture. AWS’s global scale allows WorkSpaces Core resources to be placed in close geographic proximity to end users while data is transmitted through the high-speed AWS backbone, optimizing end-user experience and solution reliability, with a 99.9% uptime SLA on WorkSpaces Core. Since WorkSpaces Core allows IT staff to continue using their familiar Citrix virtual desktop management software, no retraining of IT staff or end users is required.

We invite Citrix customers to try Citrix DaaS on Amazon WorkSpaces Core during public tech preview, integrating your existing Citrix environment with WorkSpaces Core through the Citrix management console. To get started using Citrix on WorkSpaces Core, refer to the Amazon WorkSpaces Core integration guideCitrix DaaS for WorkSpaces Core product documentation, and the Citrix blog announcing Citrix DaaS for WorkSpaces Core. You can also connect with a WorkSpaces Core specialist to discuss your specific requirements.

What is WorkSpaces Core?

Amazon WorkSpaces Core offers managed virtual desktop infrastructure designed to work with third-party management solutions. WorkSpaces Core is part of the Amazon WorkSpaces Family of services. WorkSpaces Family of services share the same infrastructure stack, giving customers and partners flexibility and choice while maintaining the security, global reliability, and cost efficiency customers have enjoyed from Amazon WorkSpaces for over 10 years. To use Amazon WorkSpaces Core you must enable bring-your-own-license (BYOL) and bring-your-own-protocol (BYOP) features in your AWS account.

Watch the demo

Watch Principal Solution Architect Andrew Kloman, demonstrate the simple process for deploying Citrix DaaS on WorkSpaces Core.

As a 15-year veteran of Amazon, Muneer Mirza is the GM of End User Computing at AWS who is responsible for Amazon WorkSpaces, Amazon AppStream 2.0, Amazon WorkSpaces Web, NICE DCV, and Amazon Silk. Prior to AWS, Muneer worked on Amazon’s consumer websites where he owned availability and performance on, and Amazon’s international websites. Before Amazon, Muneer worked as a performance tester of MSN Messenger.