Azure RemoteApp is Dead....Or is it?

Brian Garoutte

Laptop.jpgIt’s been just over a full year since Microsoft announced the retirement of their application hosting platform known as Azure RemoteApp (ARA). With the recent end of life of the ARA platform, August 31st, 2017, many customers have asked us how we could still offer a solution for RemoteApp in Azure?

The answer is really quite simple: Microsoft didn’t retire the RemoteApp technology, they retired the end user platform.

This is great news for anyone that used Microsoft RemoteApp or considered hosting an application in the cloud, specifically Azure, the technology is still there to be leveraged. In fact, and contrary to popular belief, the Remote Desktop Services product team has been rapidly innovating RemoteApp and Remote Desktop technology to help customers optimize deployments for performance and cost when running in the cloud.

While the end user platform has now been retired, the technology remains and the cost savings and performance improvements will only increase as Microsoft’s innovation for Remote Desktop Services technology continues.

The Cloud RemoteApp Delivery Model

For software companies, managed service providers, and corporate IT departments using Microsoft applications or any legacy applications in an on-premises hosted environment, the move to Azure with Remote Desktop and RemoteApp technology makes more sense now than ever.

The cloud RemoteApp delivery model helps employees stay productive anywhere, and on a variety of devices - Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, or Android. Corporate applications run on Windows Server in the cloud, where they’re easier to scale and update. Users can access their applications remotely from their Internet-connected laptop, tablet, or phone. While appearing to run on the users' local device, the applications are centralized on Azure’s protected, reliable infrastructure.

RemoteApp Solutions in Azure

In the wake of the Azure RemoteApp platform retirement, Microsoft highlighted a number of alternatives including, most predominantly, Citrix XenApp Essentials and MyCloudIT. Both are platforms similar to Azure RemoteApp, but built as an overlay to manage Infrastructure-a-a-Service. The main difference between the 2 alternatives is cost. Because Citrix uses their own proprietary protocol and Connection Broker rather than native Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, the cost is about 50% more expensive than MyCloudIT.

So if you are looking for a solution to offer applications in the cloud, the Microsoft RemoteApp platform is no longer around, but there are plenty of alternatives to accomplish this goal.




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