By Jonathon Wiggins, Structured Sr. Systems Engineer -- My job has always been to give end-users access to their data through published applications or desktops. Before the cloud, when all applications and data were in an on-premises data center, things operated smoothly without much complexity. Today, it’s no secret that more companies – like Microsoft and Citrix – have shifted their service delivery focus from on-prem to the cloud. This shift has significant consequences for IT personnel managing these virtual environments. Despite the cloud’s enormous benefits regarding containment, scalability, and redundancy, one key factor that is easy to miss when moving workstations to the cloud is data location. One of the tenets of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and published applications for me has always been: Virtual workstations and applications need to be close to wherever the data is. It's all about (data) location, location, location! Virtual workstations and applications must be as close as possible to the data for optimal performance and efficiency. Think for a minute about this: When workstations reside in the cloud while the data is on-premises or in a separate data center, the complexities of end-users accessing data from their virtual desktop only increase. In this…