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"The most valuable feature is the mobility. I can use it anywhere.""The most valuable features are easy provisioning, an active directory, and mobile access."

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"The shadow feature is extraordinary and helps a lot when supporting remote users.""The most valuable feature is the automatic software upgrades because they take place on only three or four servers, rather than on 50 or 60 machines.""XenApp is a fast, secure and reliable solution for remote connections that is completely different than and superior to older Windows solutions.""Stable product with straightforward setup.""This is a very stable solution which you can feel confident using.""You can connect to any printer, and from anywhere you can print documents using a compressed channel. It is easy and the bandwidth is very low.""I found the ease of deployment, scalability, and security to be to our benefit when supplying virtual applications to our clients.""The user experience when using the solution's technology remotely is definitely superior to our VPN and/or Windows Remote Desktop. It's a much better user experience for those folks."

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Cons
"The speed and performance are not always the greatest. It can be improved.""If they had a cheaper option for graphics pro, I think that it would be beneficial and I would use it."

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"Direct connection of USB devices on the terminals to be used by streamed applications is very important for printing and the usage of token authentication, but the current version does not support this one hundred percent.""We would like to be able to provide VDI, a full desktop, to each of our users.""Pricing can be lower and roaming profiles need to be fixed to work consistently.""For us, pricing is the most important feature to improve.""The product should expand its capabilities for integrating with other environments.""Citrix has to support all of the hypervisors including KVM and OpenStack KVM.""There are a lot of shortfalls with supporting printing over XenApp.""There is room for improvement on the hypervisor side, providing better integration between the hypervisor and the product line. I suspect that they haven't put the work into that because of the move to the cloud. They want everything to be cloud-hosted. But for folks like us, who will always be a hybrid model, that's of some concern."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are several different options available, but it can range anywhere from $85 to $150 a month per machine.""The bundle works out to be approximately $20.00 per month."

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"I suggest using the concurrent user licensing scheme.""A perpetual enterprise license costs approximately $300 USD.""The Citrix licensing scheme is really straightforward and simple. It doesn't have hidden costs. You get what you pay for. It is easy to understand what is on the product, so it's simple to get a clear idea of how much it costs. Licensing is not an issue.""Based not only on the cost of Citrix, but additional costs like firewalls, IPS, and other solutions, the total cost of switching users from using normal laptops with VPNs to connection via Citrix were so huge that the CEO of our company decided to postpone the deployment process.""The licensing, in general, is expensive. A lot of customers battle to pay the amount. It's very difficult to ensure that your solution provides the business value that the customer is after.""The cost of the Citrix software reflects what I would expect a product of that nature, in that market, to be. Understanding the licensing is quite a bit more complicated, because one of the things about Citrix is that you can buy licensing at different levels... Yet I still like the idea because it means that if all you need is a basic load balancing solution, then you don't need to buy an advanced or premium license.""Citrix is a mid-range cost solution compared to some others out there.""In terms of pricing with the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, I think it has gotten better over the years. Citrix has found more dynamic ways to be able to revive licensing models that fit many different scenarios that organizations have. We have been able to evolve our own licensing over the years to accommodate our situations between concurrent versus user device licenses. Now, when we move into the Citrix Workspace realm, we definitely have some awesome options there."

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WorkSpacesXenDesktop, XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps)
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Overview

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. We are driven by the excitement of building technologies, inventing products, and providing services that change lives. We embrace new ways of doing things, make decisions quickly, and are not afraid to fail. We have the scope and capabilities of a large company, and the spirit and heart of a small one. Together, Amazonians research and develop new technologies from Amazon Web Services to Alexa on behalf of our customers: shoppers, sellers, content creators, and developers around the world. Our mission is to be Earth's most customer-centric company. Our actions, goals, projects, programs, and inventions begin and end with the customer top of mind.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops provide granular access control, advanced system monitoring and an inherently secure architecture by providing remote access to Windows and Linux apps and desktops secured in the datacenter. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops enable IT to deliver on-demand apps and desktops to any device.

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Sample Customers
GrubHub, Endemol Shine Nederland, CMC Property ServicesExelon, Aeronamic, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Alameda County Medical Center, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Aloysius Stichting, Amarchand Mangaldas, AmBev, Amnet Technology Solutions, Arval
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Media Company36%
Computer Software Company24%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm6%
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Financial Services Firm16%
Insurance Company13%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Computer Software Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company5%
Government5%
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REVIEWERS
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise55%

Amazon WorkSpaces is ranked 1st in Desktop as a Service (DaaS) with 2 reviews while Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is ranked 1st in Application Virtualization with 19 reviews. Amazon WorkSpaces is rated 8.0, while Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Amazon WorkSpaces writes "Reliable, flexible, easy to use, and allows me to work from anywhere". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops writes "Allows the end user device flexibility when remotely accessing my organization's resources". Amazon WorkSpaces is most compared with Amazon Appstream, VMware Horizon DaaS and Nutanix Xi Frame, whereas Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is most compared with VMware Horizon View, Amazon Appstream, TeamViewer, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services and Sangfor aDesk VDI.

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