Citrix has recently announced its XenApp Essentials, a new cloud service offered in collaboration with Microsoft that will assist with secure app delivery. When ready, it will be available in the Azure Marketplace to be available both to Microsoft Azure RemoteApp customers and Citrix fans alike.
While you anticipate its release, we've got some answers for you:
How much is it going to cost?
When XenApp Essentials launches, it will cost $12 per user per month, available in packages for as few as 25 users on a monthly basis. It will auto-renew until manually cancelled without a significant up-front commitment.
XenApp Essentials is the base service that includes Citrix Cloud StoreFront and NetScaler Gateway Service and will simplify app delivery news. You can provision workloads in Azure and deliver them to end users on any device.
Each user will be provided with 1GB of outbound data transfer per user per month. If you're working in a bandwidth-intensive environment, you can get 25GB data transfer packs at $12 per pack per month and those can be shared across all users.
The service will be able to access Windows Server remote session capabilities that usually require Remote Desktop Services Client Access Licenses (RDS CALs). The cost of utilizing Microsoft Remote Access rights is $6.25 per user per month. You can also bring your existing RDS CALs and can reach out to Microsoft for assistance on doing so.
For Azure IaaS, there is a per-hour pricing model offered by Azure.
All of these services are overwhelming...
Yeah, we think so too. There's XenApp Essentials, Citrix Cloud XenApp Service, and XenDesktop Service. That's certainly a mouthful! XenApp Essentials is the fastest way to deliver Windows apps in Azure but a broader solution--Citrix Cloud XenApp and XenDesktop Service come in to help for more advanced integrations across apps and desktops.
Oh, and there's one more thing...
If you've missed it, Microsoft is offering a special promotion allowing you to subscribe to the Citrix Cloud XenApp Service and XenDesktop Service at half the normal price. This offer ends real soon though: on March 31. You've got just a few days left before that ends, so get on it today.