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Citrix XenApp 6.5 is approaching end of life – 30th June 2018

Citrix XenApp 6.5 will be end-of-life on the 30th June 2018 for customers with current Software Maintenance and/or Subscription Advantage.

Whilst you may continue to use the product, the support options will be limited and product updates are no longer available.  Unfortunately, this puts you at greater risk in terms of security vulnerabilities and the risk of failing hardware.

Now is a good time to consider how this affects your organisation and the options that are available to you.

What are the options?

Option 1: Buy Extended Support

This is a costly option but buying extended support will see you through to 14th January 2020.  However, eventually, you will be forced to upgrade.

Option 2: Upgrade to XenApp 7.x

There are significant architectural differences between XenApp 6.5 and XenApp 7.x, but the main difference is a change to FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA), which replaces the Independent Management Architecture (IMA) used in XenApp 6.5 and earlier versions.

FMA is a service-oriented architecture that enables interoperability and management modularity across Citrix technologies. It gives a platform for application delivery, mobility, services, flexible provisioning, and cloud management.

Option 3: Move to Citrix Cloud

Perhaps now is the right time to look at moving to Citrix Cloud, especially if cost, skills and time are a concern. The Citrix Cloud platform hosts and administers Citrix services.  It connects to your resources through the Citrix Cloud Connector on any cloud or infrastructure you choose (on-premise, public, private or hybrid cloud).

It allows you to deploy secure digital workspaces, combat security threats, overcome IT resource constraints and improve business continuity with scale and ease.

To summarise, if you are on Citrix XenApp 6.5 you must do something. The good news is there are numerous options to choose from!

To discuss your upgrade or migration plan from 6.5 to 7.x or Citrix Cloud, contact us today on 01 213 5702 or email and ensure a smooth upgrade for your Citrix environment.

Enterprise Solutions are a Citrix Platinum Partner with specialisations in Virtualisation, Networking and Mobility.

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