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CITRIX on AWS Deployment - Case Study

MYOB is a leading provider of business management solutions aimed to make business life easier.

Customer Challenge
  • Rapid deployment timeline required in order to meet legislative change for employee payroll processing, requiring a global solution to meet large increase in forecast customer demand.
  • MYOB needed an experienced technology partner that could respond quickly, design, and implement a Cloud based VDI solution that could scale seamlessly to meet client demand.
The Solution:
  • GlassHouse worked with MYOB through a series of structured workshops and consulting led discovery sessions to review the available options for the VDI platform, producing costs models for each, and assessing these in line with MYOB’s requirements.
  • AWS was selected as the preferred platform for the environment, providing EC2 based compute across multiple Availability Zones, within the local region to optimise performance.  Using AWS, a Citrix XenDesktop non-persistent VDI model was implemented, in line with existing desktop deployment models used inhouse.  BYO licensing for Windows 10 and Office 365 was used to leverage the existing investment in Microsoft licenses.
  • To optimise TCO, power management was configured to only run those VDI instances required on an as needed basis, but with a buffer defined so that the environment was available on demand when users logged in.
  • Automation of VDI image creation and updates was implemented to improve ongoing management, allowing a common source image to be used for both in-house or Cloud based systems, and to provide readily accessible scalability and agility as MYOB’s use case expanded.
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