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Providing Low-risk Transformation for Cloud-based Citrix Environments

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  1. 1. Commercial Solutions Cloud Services CITRIX IN AMAZON WEB SERVICES Implications of remote application and virtual desktop delivery on the Cloud Remote application access and delivery presents a significant challenge in the modern enterprise as the growing demand for a secure, multi-device-friendly workplace that allows employees to access their applications from any device type, from any location, becomes the industry standard. Many decision makers understand that moving to the Cloud and employing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions hold great promise for reducing costs, improving mission effectiveness, and creating new areas of business growth and efficiencies within their organization. However, concerns remain around cloud strategy, readiness, transformation, and deployment: Is a cloud-based solution necessary and appropriate? Which deployment model is most suitable? How many of the organization’s applications are capable of scaling in a cloud environment? To help address these and other challenges, organizations need a low-risk approach to experience the Cloud firsthand and understand the operational and financial implications to their business. Providing proof-of-concept through the AWS Accelerator for Citrix program Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading strategy and technology consulting firm, has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its Accelerator for Citrix program to offer a unique opportunity that enables our clients to test and verify Citrix services hosted on the AWS Cloud. Running the Citrix platform on the AWS Cloud promises enterprise agility, high service availability and reduced operating costs without impacting the Citrix user’s experience, application performance, or security. The Citrix environment includes an implementation of Citrix XenApp, the industry-leading solution for providing remote application and desktop services, which allows employees to securely work from anywhere on any device. The trial program allows decision makers to evaluate the operational and financial impacts of hosting Citrix in their on-premise data centers as compared to running Citrix XenApp hosted on the AWS Cloud. Fully functional and scaled • Citrix trial environment deployed on AWS using the Citrix Workspace Cloud SaaS application. This Citrix environment is scaled to support 25 Citrix users and is hosted on AWS. Providing Low-risk Transformation for Cloud-based Citrix Environments A structured approach • Validate baseline environment: Review the current-state Citrix environment including hardware, software and configuration to ensure the critical features required to support primary operational activities and strategic goals are met. • Measure financial value: Provide models comparing as-is to AWS • Facilitate trials: Deploy trial environments and create up to 25 test users to that environment to ensure any migration to the Cloud is operationally tested and validated
  2. 2. Commercial Solutions | Cloud Services To learn how Booz Allen Hamilton can help your business thrive, contact: Christopher Luce Lead Associate Tel +301-444-4241 Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than 100 years. Today, the firm provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering, and innovation expertise. With international headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the firm employs more than 22,500 people globally, and had revenue of $5.27 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2015. To learn more, visit (NYSE: BAH) • AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) credits for a Citrix trial environment for 30 days. This trial period provides Booz Allen clients with up to 25 Citrix users for up to 60 days without investment. • Full support provided by the AWS and Citrix engineer teams to Booz Allen cloud professionals working with client stakeholders to validate the current Citrix environment; facilitate the 25 trial environments; enable performance test and verification, user experience validation, and security verification; and provide a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) assessment and cost comparison models of Citrix hosted on premise and on the AWS Cloud. Determining the value of cloud computing Working with the solution architect, our cloud economic analysts gather current state architecture and costs using proprietary tools designed to expedite the data gathering process. This enables us to re-architect the solution in AWS and build out a baseline cost model using our Citrix Cloud Assessment Methodology (CCAM), which is based on our extensive cloud experience and evolving best practices gained across multiple industries. These models demonstrate that cloud computing not only changes the linear relationship between computing requirements and cost, but also the way capital planning and budgeting are conducted. This enables organizations to change the way they think about, plan, and determine value of cloud computing. At the forefront of adoption Booz Allen brings more than 100 years of experience across industry backgrounds, as well as advanced technology expertise to deliver comprehensive cloud solutions. We have achieved a position of thought and action leadership in the adoption of cloud computing. From the earliest testing of cloud computing constructs and vendors, transition planning, and technological methodologies to the highly regarded Cloud Computing Summit hosted by Booz Allen in October 2008, the firm has been at the forefront in understanding, developing, adapting, and upgrading effective tools and paradigms. We continue to build on our integrated suite of cloud capabilities by developing solutions to real client problems. Some of these solutions are possible through our partnership with AWS, leveraging partner programs to support our development of repeatable cloud-based solutions. Booz Allen is an AWS Premier Consulting Partner and has been since the program’s inception. This distinction reflects the significant investment that we have made in the partnership to provide exceptional AWS solutions and customer service across federal and commercial organizations. Booz Allen has a clear understanding of and models for effective cloud computing-based life-cycle cost and economic modeling. We have studied all of these costs, their relationships, and the impact of moving to the Cloud. Our certified cost analysts have worked closely with IT architects and strategists to understand cloud computing and have constructed detailed cost models that are used for internal projects and client-specific pilot programs. By helping our customers fully understand and embrace the full impacts of cloud migration, organizations are better able to position themselves to leverage the benefits of cloud computing, including increased productivity, increased return on performance, and significant cost savings. Define Current Environment Develop Trial Environments Conduct Cost Analysis Create Citrix Trial Users