Specialists and Citrix Partner Types Demystified
Why Do I Need a Citrix Partner?
In most cases, you need a Citrix Partner to buy licenses or get help with implementing Citrix solutions. Trusted Citrix Partners resell Citrix products and also provide consulting, design, implementation assistance - and even support and maintenance to companies wishing to introduce or expand Citrix as part of their IT solutions.
What Kind of Partner Do I Need?
First, You Need to Ask Yourself – Do I Need a Specialist?
Think of a Citrix Specialist* the way you think of a doctor. You don’t go to your general doctor when you need a specialist, right?
Partners who achieve a Specialist distinction have been rigorously vetted to join an elite group of best-of-breed partners with demonstrated success in real-world customer projects.
Specialists can provide:
- Faster time to value, resulting in enhanced business growth and development for your company
- Expert guidance, new technologies, faster ROI and successful implementation
- Expansion of your existing Citrix implementations with additional solutions and services
- Demonstrated technical competency, end-to-end sales capability and service delivery
Specialists are available for:
- Networking for Datacenter
- If you have a specific need that requires a high-level, end-to-end solution from a trusted and certified expert, whether you’re at the SMB or Enterprise level, a Specialist is probably the right choice for you
*Currently only Platinum and Gold Citrix Solution Advisors can be Specialists. Learn more about the different partner types below.
Identify Your Need – Identify Your Partner Type
I Need An Enterprise Level Implementation
Do you need to engage an IT services company that specializes in enterprise solutions? Then a System Integrator or Citrix Solution Advisor-Platinum may be the right partner type for you.
System Integrator (SIs)
These partners provide consulting, integration and outsourcing services exclusively to help enterprise customers realize the full business value of virtual computing. They partner with customers to create the most innovative, flexible infrastructures in the world leveraging solutions from Citrix.
Citrix Solution Advisor-Platinum (CSA-Plat)
These partners demonstrate the highest level of expertise and commitment to the entire Citrix portfolio of products as a core part of their business, have a well-established Citrix practice, and work closely with Citrix on sales, implementation and consulting engagements. They serve as trusted advisors in virtualization, networking and cloud strategies.
I Need to Buy Licenses or Get Help Designing and Implementing a Citrix Solution
Do you need to buy Citrix licenses, engage an IT services company to help you design or implement an on-premises solution or buy a support agreement? If so, a Citrix Solution Advisor may be right for you.
Citrix Solution Advisors (CSAs)
This partner type serves as a trusted advisor in virtualization, networking and cloud strategies, helping customers acquire licenses and software, build out solutions, and support implementations and users. A CSA may be a reseller or consultant who influences and/or resells Citrix products as part of their solution portfolio.
There are three CSA program levels:
Citrix Solution Advisor-Platinum - Partners who demonstrate the highest level of expertise and commitment to the entire Citrix portfolio of products as a core part of their business, have a well-established Citrix practice, and work closely with Citrix on sales, implementation and consulting engagements.
Citrix Solution Advisor-Gold - Partners who have built a core business offering on virtualization, networking, and/or cloud and have demonstrated expertise on Citrix products to deliver a set of solutions to customers.
Citrix Solution Advisor-Silver - Partners who supplement their business offerings by adding Citrix products to their portfolio of solutions.
Note: CSAs may also be Specialists. Look for their “Specialist In” distinction in the search results and on their company profile page.
I Need a Hosted Desktop-as-a-Service Solution
Would you rather outsource your mobile workspace needs on a rental or subscription basis? Then a Citrix Service Provider (CSP) may be right for you.
Citrix Service Provider (CSP)
These partners provide Citrix mobile workspace solutions, including hosted desktops and applications, on a rental, subscription or services basis. You won’t need an entire implementation or team to support on-premises infrastructure with this solution.
I Need a Customized Software Solution
Do you need custom software created just for you, that’s combined with a Citrix virtualization or mobility solution? An Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partner is probably your best bet.
Independent Software Vendor (ISV)
Independent Software Vendors (ISV) offer custom software solutions to customers by selling and/or hosting applications. ISVs who partner with Citrix influence and/or resell Citrix products in order to deliver these solutions.