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it_user90339
Real User
Systems Administrator at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature to me as IT is that the disk is non-writable. This means that, during the course of computing, nothing permanently bad can happen to the computer. Viruses... more»

How has it helped my organization?

My organization is a 24x7 organization. About 2/3 of our users work a schedule that is 48 hours on, 96 hours off on rotating shifts and many of them live a minimum of 70 miles... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to be able to document the VDIs better in XenServer and in the Delivery Controller, so that I could know which snapshot and image goes with which machine. I can do it... more»

What other advice do I have?

Virtual desktops aren’t for every user and it takes some thought to apply them correctly. Heavy graphics programs will benefit from the use of GPUs in the host. Your best bet will... more»
it_user81906
Real User
Technical Sales Leader on IBM Cloud, MBA at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Citrix XenDesktop is a great solution for VDI or virtual desktop environments. Its most valuable features to me are: * Pretty good management:... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Mobility! You can access your virtual desktop with all your applications everywhere; with a smartphone, laptop, thin client and so on.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the following improvements: * Better monitoring tools included in the enterprise editions: At the moment, if you want better... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

I previously used the VMWare solution. It works great but only when you use LAN (at least 1 Gbps if you have many users), but in a WAN... more»

What other advice do I have?

Many of my clients are looking for a DaaS with IBM SoftLayer.
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it_user271662
Real User
Team Lead Global Engineering at Interpublic Group (IPG)
Mar 23 2017

What is most valuable?

* ICA protocol: Beats latency and improves performance for slow connections * Provisioning service (PVS): Makes deployment of VDI machines a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have a lot of users in remote locations and some have slow, high-latency connections. So deploying XenDesktop as a VDI solution to connect to... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better documentation of best practices and communication of newly available tools or troubleshooting tools. If you ask... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Buying the licenses all at once would give the best discounts. Also using a VAR may give best pricing. Shopping through different VARs is a must... more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you study the architecture before rushing to go to production. Also make sure to do a proof of concept and pilot deployment before... more»
VirtualizationEng641
Real User
Virtualization, Remote Access and Mobility Engineering at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 22 2017

What is most valuable?

ICA and HDX are the most valuable features of this product to me. These protocols allow features that most other vendors either have not implemented yet or are too bandwidth-intensive to use in the enterprise with WAN users.

How has it helped my organization?

Our organization was a VMView shop. Due to issues with application responsiveness / perceived performance, our users had a very negative perception of the technology and were opting for physical PCs instead of VDI. During an extended pilot... more»

What needs improvement?

The biggest area for improvement is in QA testing. The last few releases of either the VDA or updates to the broker either reduced functionality or re-introduced issues that were previously addressed.
it_user174318
Real User
Architect at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 29 2017

What is most valuable?

* Protects web infrastructure * Ensures business continuity and IT disaster recovery * Consolidated multiple remote... more»

How has it helped my organization?

A cements customer uses the application for truck shipments from the United States by connecting to the infrastructure... more»

What needs improvement?

We are already evaluating the latest version, 7.9, because Citrix continually updates everything. For optimal and... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For a project to be effective, you must coordinate with Citrix to divide the licenses into stages and not affect costs.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have worked with VMWare as a hypervisor as the suite is very wide. However, Citrix is less expensive.

What other advice do I have?

It is important to do a good sizing of users. In addition to Citrix' own online calculator for sizing users... more»
reviewer921516
User
IT Infrastructure Analyst at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 31 2018

What do you think of XenDesktop?

What is our primary use case?: I use XenDesktop to manage virtual desktops. I can manage home office's projects using it. I also use it to create work space for different users. • How has it helped my organization?: XenDesktop has helped our users to work remotely with a better user experience. • What is most valuable?: I love all its features. It lets me do almost anything. • What needs improvement?: The video conferencing feature needs to be improved. • For how long have I used the solution?: More than five years.

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What is XenDesktop?

With Citrix XenDesktop, you can mobilize your business by deploying virtual desktops and Windows apps onto mobile devices. Powered by XenApp, XenDesktop is capable of delivering entire desktops or even just the applications to any type of device. Not only is the solution non-device specific, but it also optimizes the virtual desktop/apps for each type of device and network, and supports touch technology.

XenDesktop enables IT to centralize security and control, and also to reduce IT costs through virtualization. The solution is simple to deploy and manage, and contributes towards increased employee productivity.

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Deutsche Bank, Knightec, Sunrise Health, and Emory Healthcare.


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