If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops , what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would recommend this solution to other people. On a scale of 1 - 10 I would rate it an 8.
Advice that I would give to people considering this solution is to use our model of implementation. I absolutely recommend using a local supplier who is knowledgeable and who has experience with the product and deployment because then you won't have any problems. We are only using it. We don't care how it is set up. We don't care about the model itself, but only that the result fits our requirements. This supplier is doing all the things we don't want to have to learn for us. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product as a seven-out-of-ten.
Citrix has its own training and certifications available, such as CCA-V, CCA-N, CCE-V,CCE-N. For anybody who is implementing this solution, I would suggest that they start with the training. That will help them with the product in learning what it is, how it is going to be implemented, what the requirements are, and so forth. The training is easy and once it is complete, implementing and using the solution will be easier for them. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.
What we would like to do in the future is to have a VDI solution where we can give each user a desktop, but we aren't there yet. At this time, we are using this only with published applications. This solution is easy to manage, but we want to see what happens when we create a hybrid solution with Office 365. We will be moving to a cloud-based solution in perhaps two years from now. This is a good solution and if it is suitable for the environment then I would recommend it. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
The advice I would give to those who want to start using this solution is to beware of Citrix and Microsoft. They are both considered sort of the bad guys in the computing world. They want to push you to the cloud and maybe you don't really need the cloud for your solution. You don't have to listen to them. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate this product as an eight.
My advice is to use Citrix XenApp on Windows VMs, based on VMware Hypervisor.
My advice is to really vet the system a bit before choosing a solution. Always make sure you have a budget for it. Ask yourself the following questions: * Does the solution work well in your lab? * Does it work well in your office? * Do you have a good network infrastructure? * Will it support your needs?