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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. Citrix Workspace
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. Citrix Workspace and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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"Citrix Virtual Apps is the most valuable feature. Many customers use this feature to publish only applications, and not the full desktop. They can publish the internal resource or allow the end-user to reach a site or an application without having the full desktop. That's why they love this feature. It helps them save on resources.""It provides all of the features required for the protection of data. For example, we don't want to allow any copy/paste of data to an outside environment, and we are able to restrict the VDI to not allow any data transfer from the VDI to the local laptop's hard drives. That is one of the greatest advantages the solution provides.""The most valuable feature of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is the security and it is easy to work with.""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.""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.""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.""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.""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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"It is stable, easy to scale, and provides secure remote access.""The ease of access and the confidentiality and security that it provides is what we like best.""The most valuable feature is the seamless application edition with the low-level network bandwidth because we have between 10 and 15 sites in France with a low level of communication needs. We need to deploy our main application, the ERP system, and we needed an efficient solution to provide a solution to the remote sites, with very small links between the data center and the remote site.""Citrix Workspace can present desktop applications with ease, in an efficient and secure manner. The performance is good, it is a great piece of software.""The most valuable feature is connectivity. The remote connection is the reason we are using this solution.""The price and user interface are great.""The basic virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) feature is most valuable. We were lucky to have it in place when the pandemic hit. It is used very heavily now.""The feature that I like is that it is fast."

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Cons
"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.""The product advances really fast. For some customers, we need better backwards compatibility.""They need to adapt more quickly to the latest additions to the Microsoft operating system. If Windows 10 comes out with a new version, there are compatibility issues and it takes them a lot of time to release an update.""The Endpoint Management solution needs improvement when it comes to mobile device management. For example, they are still not supporting Windows 10 and this feature is required by many customers.""Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops are not easy to set up. However, I have the experience and I can do it easily. It could be easier to set up.""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.""It would help if it were a little simpler. It's a bit complicated and we have hired Citrix administrators. But it's a good solution.""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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"The initial setup is very complex.""I've recently tried to use Citrix on Ubuntu, and I don't know if this is an Ubuntu issue or a vendor issue, but you can't use Citrix right now on Ubuntu 20.04.""The lag when using Skype or Screen Sharing with multiple users needs to improve, as it makes it difficult for us to continue when we have to restart the system.""The Citrix Workspace interface could improve. Additionally, if they are able to provide a mobile application""The application is now very complex. We started with Citrix on PCs. Now, to access the same application, we need to have a StoreFront Server, the Delivery Controller, and Citrix License Server. It's now very complex.""When there are technical issues, sometimes we can't get on the cloud.""It is slow. When everybody is logged in, it does have a tendency to slow down. You can tell the connectivity slows down a little bit, but it's still a good product.""The product is currently not working well in hosting conferencing software like Zoom, Team, and Salon."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "If you look at cost, then you must look at the number of users that you are covering. If you are only using it for some users, then it is very expensive. However, if you have a massive amount of users, then it begins to be interesting to use Citrix. Because once you are managing thousands of servers with one guy, your maintenance costs decrease per user."
  • "Where Citrix really needs to improve is in their support and in the way that they manage their licenses. Everything else comes second because if I'm not in a position where I can get proper support or manage my own licenses in an easy way, then it is pointless. Today, I am at a point where I may not be able to use Citrix anymore because they want to take away some of the licenses that I bought, pretending they are not valid anymore. That is frankly unacceptable. If they don't solve this, everything comes second because I cannot use my product."
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  • "We don't have a lot to compare it to, but we certainly think whatever we pay is worthwhile at this point in time. It's very reasonable."
  • "We are just now approaching the end of our initial purchase, which was an excellent price for us as an academic institution. We got a very good deal to get us on board. That license is up for renewal in about a year, and we are nervously waiting to see what the pricing will be."
  • "The licensing of Citrix Workspace is worth it. However, it is expensive. Citrix is probably more competitive now than VMware, but it is still a costly solution."
  • "The price of the solution could be less expensive. There are different versions to their solution and the price keeps increasing."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is the watermark because most of the time our employees connect from a remote location. In case they photograph the DDA or some data, the watermark will show which user did… more »
    Top Answer:The pricing is a little bit high, but it's good value for the product's stability and efficiency. You need to choose the right licensing, whether it is the Advanced or Premium Edition.
    Top Answer:They need to adapt more quickly to the latest additions to the Microsoft operating system. If Windows 10 comes out with a new version, there are compatibility issues and it takes them a lot of time to… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Citrix Workspace is its security.
    Top Answer:The price of the solution could be less expensive. There are different versions to their solution and the price keeps increasing.
    Top Answer:The Citrix Workspace interface could improve. Additionally, if they are able to provide a mobile application
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    Also Known As
    XenDesktop, XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps)
    Citrix Workspace Cloud
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    Overview

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is a suite of virtualization solutions that provides users with secure access to any device while keeping IT control of virtual machines, applications, and security.

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops enable admins to deliver secure virtual apps and desktops to any device without disrupting the user experience. Admins can control applications, security policies, and users via hybrid and on premises.

    The suite’s flexibility allows you to deploy applications in different resource locations. The platform integrates with Windows Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud. It also integrates with on-premises hypervisors such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV, VMWare vSphere, and Citrix Hypervisor.

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Key Features

    • Hybrid, multi-cloud capabilities: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops works in hybrid environments, delivering apps and desktops on premises to the cloud.

    • Comprehensive security: Security protocols and access controls are implemented across all devices connected to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, regardless of location. It allows you to protect unmanaged endpoints and set granular controls.

    • Enhanced user experience: Delivers security and control while allowing end users to seamlessly access the resources and applications they need. With a communications optimization tool, the user experience remains constant even when the bandwidth is low.

    • Actionable analytics: Provides reporting and analytics and automated policy controls to assess the performance and security of the network. You can prevent security issues and enhance app performance with automated policy controls.

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Benefits

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops offers several benefits for organizations that want to modernize their IT.

    • Reduces infrastructure costs: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops enables you to optimize your infrastructure without investing in a new architecture. According to Citrix, implementing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops can reduce your hardware capital expenditure by 56 percent a year.
    • Improves employee efficiency: Employees can securely access all applications, data, and resources they need to complete their tasks without risking security or having reliability problems. It provides users with immediate access to the tools and information they need to work.
    • Streamline software updates and rollups: Unlike on-premises deployments, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops doesn’t require updating software and OS on each machine.
    • Improves IT efficiency: DaaS reduces IT management costs because the platform is set in a central location and rolled out to network devices. It simplifies delivering relevant applications and desktops to new employees.
    • Enforces security: Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops reduces the risks stemming from distributed workforces and endpoint devices. Providing control ensures that the data is secure and accessible to users across devices and environments and continuously updates security patches.

    Components managed by Citrix

    • Delivery controllers
    • Databases
    • Licensing
    • Monitor interface
    • Management interfaces
    • Cloud Connectors

    Components managed by the Customer

    • Citrix Gateway: a single secure point of access via the corporate firewall
    • Active Directory for authentication and authorization
    • Identity and access management
    • Virtual delivery agents
    • Hypervisors

    Capabilities

    • Delivers Windows and Linux apps
    • Multi-session Windows and Linux desktop
    • Single session Windows client on desktops
    • Single session Linux desktops
    • Non-domain joined
    • Remote PC access

      Reviews from Real Users

    • Jeff V., CEO at Lucid Tech Services, says, "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."

      "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," comments Etienne D., a user at a financial services firm.

      Rod M., Technical Team Lead at an energy/utilities company, says, "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.

    Only Citrix offers the most complete and integrated workspace to enable people to securely access their apps, desktops and data from anywhere. With the new Workspace app, you get complete choice of device, cloud and network, while maintaining IT security and control—even over corporate SaaS and web apps. Built on trusted Citrix solutions for Windows app and desktop delivery, device security, secure file sync and sharing, network security, and intelligent analytics, Citrix Workspace offers unmatched experience, choice, 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
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    Buyer's Guide
    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. Citrix Workspace
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. Citrix Workspace and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is ranked 1st in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 23 reviews while Citrix Workspace is ranked 5th in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with 11 reviews. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is rated 8.4, while Citrix Workspace is rated 8.6. 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 Citrix Workspace writes "Fast set up, easy to install, with responsive support". Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is most compared with VMware Horizon View, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, TeamViewer, Microsoft App-V and Amazon WorkSpaces, whereas Citrix Workspace is most compared with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, VMware Horizon Cloud, VMware Workspace ONE, VMware Horizon View and VMware App Volumes. See our Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops vs. Citrix Workspace report.

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