What is a Citrix Digital Workspace?

Citrix Performance Management DashboardThe Citrix digital workspace is an integrated technology framework for delivering and managing the delivery of applications, data, and desktops. Leveraging multiple technologies, a Citrix digital workspace provides a unified, contextual and secure experience for IT and end users.

The key components of a Citrix digital workspace include:

  • App and desktop virtualization
  • File sharing and content collaboration
  • Unified endpoint management (EMM, MDM, MAM)
  • Secure access to SaaS apps/secure browsing
  • Single sign-on (SSO)
  • Advanced analytics and monitoring

The Evolution of Citrix Technologies

eG Innovations has been a Citrix partner since 2003. Those were the days when Citrix’s messaging was around “access”. Thin client computing and then server-based computing were the hot topics. Discussions around the efficiency of RDP and ICA ruled and Citrix Resource Manager was the best way to monitor a Citrix server. What was then Citrix MetaFrame soon became Citrix Presentation Server, then Citrix XenApp, and now Citrix Virtual Apps.

Citrix performance management - the early days
Citrix in the early days

Citrix and the industry have come a long way since then. No longer is Citrix a single product company. Citrix Virtual Desktops is the technology that enables delivery of hosted virtual desktops provisioned. Citrix StoreFront provides a customizable web front-end to access applications. Rather than dealing with individual server instances, one can now rely on Citrix Provisioning to stream the operating system. Licensing is now centrally handled by a Citrix License server. And virtualization has become the norm with Citrix Hypervisor (previously called Citrix XenServer) being one of the hypervisor choices. To optimize remote access, Citrix ADC (previously NetScaler) now plays a key role. All security, load balancing, tunneling and other networking features are centralized in NetScaler.

To provide access through mobile devices, Citrix Endpoint Management (previously XenMobile) plays an important role. Enterprise storage can now be managed using Citrix Content Collaboration (previously ShareFile), with the data being stored entirely in the cloud, or on premises on storage zones. And now, customers can even spin up Virtual Apps instances in the cloud, on demand. Citrix Cloud allows customers to provision applications and desktops in the cloud.

Use cases of Citrix solutions
Use cases of Citrix solutions

The use cases of Citrix technologies are also many. Bring your own device (BYOD), FlexWork, remote partner access to sensitive data in a secure manner, call center transformation to lower costs, corporate access from anywhere at any time, desktop replacement initiatives, etc., are some of the popular initiatives where organizations are using Citrix technologies.

Why Monitoring Citrix is Important?

For these initiatives, performance is the key success factor. Users of virtual desktops or virtual applications expect the same performance as they had with physical desktops or applications. As you had seen earlier, the Citrix part of the IT infrastructure itself has many components, not to mention the other third-party dependencies (e.g., profile management, Active Directory, storage, etc). For Citrix deployment success, every piece of the infrastructure must work fine. This is where the need for a total Citrix performance management solution comes in.

eG Enterprise monitors anything Citrix
eG Enterprise monitors anything Citrix

eG Enterprise: Single Pane of Glass for Citrix Monitoring

The Citrix Ready-certified eG Enterprise performance monitoring, diagnosis and reporting solution from eG Innovations has the broadest coverage in the industry for Citrix technologies. From a web browser, you can monitor and manage every tier of the Citrix infrastructure from a single dashboard.

Learn more about eG Enterprise for Citrix monitoring