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Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. VMware Horizon View and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
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Pros
"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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"Managing all operating systems in a single environment helped a lot in organizing and integrating it.""It has improved our business because now we can run applications and it's easier for our students to do their exams.""The solution is very user friendly.""Great sorting feature to create UI on demand.""The most valuable features are Instant Clones and AppStacks.""The most valuable features are that it is easy to use and easy to manage.""It is easy to maintain.""The embedded features of the solution are valuable."

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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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"The initial startup costs for this solution are relatively high.""In the next release, the performance, the speed, and the price need to be improved.""The solution is very expensive.""Deployment and configuration could be simplified.""Technical support is only average and can be improved.""In the future, I would like to see better support for application virtualization.""User profiles are something that needs to be improved.""In the area of automation, there are some improvements needed in the solution."

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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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"Licensing and hardware outsourcing is expensive, but can be cost-effective in the three to five-year range.""This solution is expensive.""This solution is expensive. A lot of companies in Mexico find that the price is too high."

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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: The solution's most valuable aspect is the VDI - the remote virtual desktop interface.
Top Answer: The solution is pricey. The cost of it is high. That said, I do not have the full details on the exact cost to our organization.
Top Answer: The solution is quite expensive. They should work to lower the costs if possible. The deployment of the product can sometimes be difficult. It would be ideal if the whole process was more simplistic… 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.

VMware Horizon View, previously known as VMware View, is a virtual desktop infrastructure solution that provides users with virtual and mobile desktop management, flexible access, an optimal end-user experience and cloud computing. Horizon View also provides increased control and security of the desktop environment.

End-users get to be more productive and enjoy the flexibility of accessing their desktop environments from many locations and devices, while IT remains in control of policies and security.

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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
Amway, Hertz International, Metro Health, North Carolina State University, Ottawa International Airport, Revlon, and Whirlpool.
Top Industries
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Computer Software Company15%
Financial Services Firm15%
Energy/Utilities Company12%
Insurance Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company7%
Government5%
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University13%
Government13%
Healthcare Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
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Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company7%
Company Size
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise72%
REVIEWERS
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise41%
Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. VMware Horizon View and other solutions. Updated: March 2021.
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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is ranked 1st in Virtual Desktop with 19 reviews while VMware Horizon View is ranked 3rd in Virtual Desktop with 11 reviews. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is rated 8.8, while VMware Horizon View 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 View writes "Stable, with a straightforward setup, but could offer better pricing". Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is most compared with Amazon Appstream, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, TeamViewer, Citrix Workspace and Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS), whereas VMware Horizon View is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, VMware Horizon 7 and VMware Player. See our Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. VMware Horizon View report.

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