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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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"I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use."

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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 price should be reduced."

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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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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: I haven't faced any inconveniences working with this solution. It is very easy to use.
Top Answer: The price should be reduced. Visio stencils must be made available for technical documentation.
Top Answer: Our primary use case for VMware Workstation is testing. We also provide some online services on VMware ESXi.
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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 Workstation transforms the way technical professionals develop, test, demonstrate and deploy software by running multiple x86-based operating systems simultaneously on the same PC. Built on 15 years of virtualization excellence and winner of more than 50 industry awards, VMware Workstation takes desktop virtualization to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.
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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
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company22%
Government6%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
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Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise68%
REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix, Microsoft, VMware and others in Virtual Desktop. Updated: April 2021.
501,151 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is ranked 1st in Virtual Desktop with 21 reviews while VMware Workstation is ranked 4th in Virtual Desktop with 1 review. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is rated 8.6, while VMware Workstation is rated 8.0. 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 Workstation writes "Very usable with great virtualization ". Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is most compared with VMware Horizon View, Amazon Appstream, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Citrix Workspace and VMware Workspace ONE, whereas VMware Workstation is most compared with VMware vSphere, Hyper-V, VMware Horizon View, KVM and VMware Horizon 7.

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