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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Pros

Rod MacCormack - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 scalability has added value to our organization. For example, pre-COVID-19, we had very few resources in Azure. We had some Virtual Desktops and no application servers. When COVID-19 came along, we knew people were going to be home. We knew that we had to ramp up very quickly. We fully leveraged MCS to be able to scale. Being able to take a single image and build 400,000 Virtual Desktops, all within minutes, was second to none in terms of any other technology out there that we could have used. The scalability to be able to do that in Azure, where we really don't have to worry about storage and compute power because Microsoft does that for us, was fantastic. It was almost like giving our environments steroids. It has been amazing in terms of that scalability. Now, as people start coming back to the office, we can just as quickly scale down so the compute and resource costs in Azure aren't so great anymore.
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MB
CIO at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Among the most valuable features is the Citrix Workspace, which allows us to drive that thin-client connection and the remote control/remote access capabilities. Those things have allowed us to connect an awful lot of people quickly from home and that's obviously helped during the pandemic.
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Jim Grimm - PeerSpot reviewer
Citrix Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The Provisioning Services are the most valuable feature. We have Premium licensing, so Provisioning Services is huge for us, along with the Virtual Apps and Desktops part. It allows us to have a vDisk for every region, one that can easily be copied between them if we need to, to limit the amount of updates we have to do.
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Jeff Vincent - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Lucid Tech Services
Security is a shining point of the Citrix Workspace. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is a very robust solution when security is a concern. Furthermore, the content collaboration data-hosting that Citrix integrates with Virtual Apps and Desktops is among the best there is.
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ED
User at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We can provide tons of applications with different settings, behaviors, and operating systems. It is the same way for the user. Then, we are totally transparent for the user to use a lot of totally different applications, which is the most important part of Citrix today.
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Patti Henderson - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Director at a legal firm with 51-200 employees
The most valuable feature has to be the non-persistent desktop. If one of my users messes something up and blows away their desktop, it goes back to what it was originally, before they had an issue.
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JacquesBodenstein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to connect to our on-premise applications, through the Workspace app and the Workspace experience. The user experience when using the solution's technology remotely is good. Our users are able to work and it's seamless. The performance is also good.
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Imad Awwad - PeerSpot reviewer
Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
First of all, the manageability of the applications for publishing is valuable. Second, it is about being able to run the applications on all main platforms. Third, its licensing is valuable. You can either switch to the cloud and keep on-prem. You can work with this hybrid scenario.
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AP
Director System Integration at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
Citrix is one of the companies that is delivering virtual apps and desktops in a big way. They are mature enough to understand the level of stability required and deliver it.
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MA
Senior Manager, Corporate IT at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
The only thing that is really important for me is being able to connect from wherever I am. It is important for me because sometimes I am in places where there are not enough safe conditions to be able to work safely, in terms of security and confidentiality of my data. Being able to access internal resources from a secure platform allows me to work without fearing that my data has been stolen.
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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Cons

Rod MacCormack - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Team Lead at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 of those Analytics needs to be sold to end users. Citrix is working on a lot of things that are ahead of the curve and a lot of organizations aren't quite there yet with implementing those technologies and capabilities.
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MB
CIO at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Where improvement could be driven is in terms of clarity as to the functionality of some of the solutions. If you go back to the older Citrix Xen products that we had, we understood those really well. As we've come into the new workstation premium suite, there is a lot of additional functionality that we perhaps have not yet fully exploited. It is not because we can't, but simply because we don't yet understand the depth of functionality that's offered.
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Jim Grimm - PeerSpot reviewer
Citrix Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
If anything could be improved, it might be some of the Director functionality, and some of the dashboard customization, or the overall Director customization.
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Jeff Vincent - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at Lucid Tech Services
Templating the deployment process could use improvement. When you start, there are a large number of details that are quite client-specific, although they do share common themes. To get somebody up and running in a day is very difficult to do. They should streamline by use case.
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ED
User at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
In the bank, a major part of all our applications is Microsoft App-V. If App-V is at end of life, then we need a new technology to replace it. As of today, I haven't seen in Citrix Studio that there is a new technology embedded directly in it to replace App-V.
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Patti Henderson - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Director at a legal firm with 51-200 employees
The only thing we have found to be detrimental is when we have tried to find training. I realize that we're looking at it at the worst time possible, with a pandemic going on, but it seems that most of the training offered is learn-by-yourself online.
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JacquesBodenstein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
The visibility the solution provides across SaaS, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments, for user and application traffic, is also limited if you do not enable all the services and is based on which services you are utilising. Citrix provides end-to-end visibility based on their services you are utilising.
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Imad Awwad - PeerSpot reviewer
Group IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Licensing service installation and configuration was the biggest challenge for all Citrix solutions, but now they have fixed a lot of issues.
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AP
Director System Integration at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
If Citrix can develop something which can have more reach towards the backend infrastructure, other components of the Citrix environment, that would be ideal.
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MA
Senior Manager, Corporate IT at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
When I needed support for a couple of things, three people intervened. Each time, three people gave me a different answer. In the end, they did not manage to give the right answer. At a certain point, they stopped replying.
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Buyer's Guide
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops
August 2022
Learn what your peers think about Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: August 2022.
620,319 professionals have used our research since 2012.