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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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"VMware Horizon 7 has its proprietary Elastic streaming protocol, which is very good for delivering VDI.""VMware is a hyper-converged infrastructure model. Therefore, for scaling it you just add more servers to it in the inputs. It's rather straightforward.""It is stable and easily scalable.""It is a stable solution. It is wonderful for multi-user environments, and it supports different virtual machines and operating systems. You can go for any kind of virtual machine. It has many features, especially for a call center. You don't have the issue of computers going down from time to time. You just need to copy the virtual machine to deploy it. You also don't need many people to maintain computers. With Horizon 7, you just need one or two people."

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Cons
"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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"I would like to see seamless integration with the cloud because right now, the dependency is on the cloud providers.""I would love to see so they can actually allow the use of Linux, from a hosting environment as well as from a VDI client environment.""The remote connection, bandwidth usage, and error connection can be improved. Working with the load balancer sites should also be improved. For example, with Horizon, we can use two clients with a one megabit connection, but with Citrix, we can use four or five clients with the same bandwidth through ICA protocol. VMware must improve remote connection, connection stability, and load balancing.""It is a little bit complex. You need a little bit of experience with ESXi installation and VMware before using this solution. You cannot directly jump to this solution. It also requires training. After you get trained, you can do anything with Horizon 7. In terms of features, it has been sufficient for my needs, but it can always have more features. They can maybe merge the servers. They can give the Horizon 7 server in one package with ESXi."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"Its cost is fair. You can go for a free trial, but for initializing a project, you need to purchase a license. There are different types of licenses."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: In terms of scalability, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops have a lot of technologies baked in there that allow an organization to scale up or down, as required. Further, leveraging Azure for… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: I think improvement around the Analytics piece is super important. There has been a lot of maturity over the last year in that area, though a lot more needs to be done. Also, a lot more of the value… more »
Top Answer: It is a stable solution. It is wonderful for multi-user environments, and it supports different virtual machines and operating systems. You can go for any kind of virtual machine. It has many… more »
Top Answer: Its cost is fair. You can go for a free trial, but for initializing a project, you need to purchase a license. There are different types of licenses.
Top Answer: It is a little bit complex. You need a little bit of experience with ESXi installation and VMware before using this solution. You cannot directly jump to this solution. It also requires training… more »
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Also Known As
XenDesktop, XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps)
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Overview

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.

Horizon 7 allows IT to deliver virtual or RDSH published desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. These desktop and application services— including RDS hosted apps, packaged apps with VMware ThinApp, SaaS apps, and even virtualized apps from Citrix—can all be accessed from one unified workspace to provide end users with all of the resources they want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands.

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Sample Customers
Exelon, Aeronamic, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Alameda County Medical Center, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Aloysius Stichting, Amarchand Mangaldas, AmBev, Amnet Technology Solutions, Arval
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm15%
Computer Software Company15%
Insurance Company12%
Energy/Utilities Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company7%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider17%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise68%
REVIEWERS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise36%
Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. VMware Horizon 7 and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
501,499 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is ranked 1st in Virtual Desktop with 21 reviews while VMware Horizon 7 is ranked 7th in Virtual Desktop with 4 reviews. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is rated 8.6, while VMware Horizon 7 is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops writes "Allows the end user device flexibility when remotely accessing my organization's resources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware Horizon 7 writes "An easy initial setup with a good unified gateway and very good technical support". Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is most compared with VMware Horizon View, Amazon Appstream, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Workspace and TeamViewer, whereas VMware Horizon 7 is most compared with VMware Workspace ONE, VMware Horizon View, VMware Horizon Cloud and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. See our Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. VMware Horizon 7 report.

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