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We performed a comparison between Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and VNC Connect based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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  • "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."
  • "It's my understanding that the solution license fee for each user is around $300 US. If we buy a personal laptop for each employee every five years, then the total cost is five times $300 US, or $1,500 USD. So we could buy 100 personal laptops instead of the Citrix solution."
  • "The purchase price was around $300,000 USD and then the maintenance fees were 20%. There are no other additional fees."
  • "You can buy an on-cloud or on-prem license. You can switch between on-cloud users and on-prem users. Its licensing is cheap. It is from $8 to $15 per user. It is not that expensive when you compare the cost of buying new hardware with the cost of the license. For example, at $15 per user, it costs around $180 for a year, which is cheaper than buying a $600 PC that at a certain stage, you will again have to change because its hardware is not supported. It may also get damaged or stolen. So, you can compare the cost of the actual hardware that you have to buy and the time spent in supporting the clients with the cost of its license."
  • "Citrix solutions cost a lot in comparison with competitors, like Azure Virtual Desktop or VMware Horizon. Those solutions cost around 50 to 60 percent less, per month per user, than Citrix."
  • "The pricing is a little bit high, but it's good value for the product's stability and efficiency."
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    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of the solution is that it supports team clients.
    Top Answer:The licensing is $125 USD per user. The cost needs to come down substantially.
    Top Answer:The solution can use more promotion to spread awareness. The cost of the solution needs to be reduced to compete with the other competitive solutions that are available. The setup is currently complex… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are that it is consistently low profile and consistently works without hiccups or headaches.
    Top Answer:We occasionally have issues with the graphic software of the interface. It's a bit of a challenge. They have a version that allows us to stand up a remote connection if we have not previously set the… more »
    Top Answer:My company is a totally virtual company. All of my users are geographically remote from my location. Any IT support that we have to provide has to occur virtually. All the patches, updates, or… more »
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    Also Known As
    XenDesktop, XenApp (Citrix Virtual Apps)
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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.

    Intuitive remote control
    Use the mouse and keyboard (or touchscreen) in front of you as though they belong to the remote computer.

    Send special keys and combinations such as Ctrl-Alt-Del, and copy and paste text in either direction. Type in confidence that characters will be interpreted correctly, whatever your platform, keyboard or input language.

    Tried and tested performance
    As the original inventors of VNC® technology, we know how to create a responsive screen sharing experience that's as good as being there.

    Our patent-protected technology automatically optimizes to the speed of your network, and is especially effective in low-bandwidth and high-latency environments.

    Cross-platform support
    PC to PC and mobile to PC across Windows, Mac, Linux, Raspberry Pi, iOS and Android.

    With an Enterprise subscription, you also get a key to install our VNC® 5.x software on a wide range of older and UNIX operating systems too, so your legacy hardware remains accessible.

    Attended and unattended access
    Connect whether remote computer owners are present or not.

    Remotely access your own computers, monitor or patch equipment in the field, support customers or colleagues, and much more. Learn about the many ways our customers use VNC® Connect.

    Direct and cloud connectivity
    Our cloud service automatically brokers cloud connections between devices wherever they are.

    So you don’t need to rely on a VPN, or conduct complex and insecure port-forwarding and firewall configuration.

    With an Enterprise subscription, you can establish direct connections as well (or instead), perfect for locked down or offline network environments. For more information, start with our document cloud versus direct.

    Pre-install or connect on demand
    Add device access to your subscription, install VNC® Connect on every device you own or manage, and enable access by anyone at any time.

    Alternatively, add instant support to your subscription and connect in seconds on demand, leaving no footprint. Or add both capabilities, and cover every remote access use case.

    File transfer, printing and chat
    During a session, you're not restricted to just interacting with the remote screen.

    You can transfer files in either direction, print files directly to a printer where you are (rather than to a printer attached to the remote computer), and securely chat with other users connected at the same time as you.

    Secure by design
    VNC® Connect is built from the ground up with security in mind, to balance the control you need with the privacy that compliance requires.

    Sessions are encrypted end-to-end using up to 256-bit AES encryption. Authentication is mandatory at the point of connection and never delegated to the cloud. Protect your computers with multi-factor authentication, single-sign on (SSO), granular access control and rich session permissions.

    Multilingual support
    VNC® Connect is available in French, German, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese as well as English, with more translations on the way.

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    Online team management
    Manage remote computers, the people you invite into your team to share remote access with, and their roles and permissions from one central location.

    Remote deployment
    With an Enterprise subscription, you can deploy VNC® Connect in bulk, offline or remotely using your standard enterprise tooling.

    In addition, you can configure VNC® Connect remotely using policy, and lock it down to prevent change.

    Virtual desktops under Linux
    With an Enterprise subscription, you can create virtual desktops on Linux computers.

    This might be useful to enable visual remote access to headless Linux systems, or provide separate workspaces for simultaneous users of a shared resource.

    Offer
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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
    Telesat Canada, St. Anthony's School, Pratt and Whitney, City of Sacramento
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Insurance Company10%
    Energy/Utilities Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Manufacturing Company22%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise55%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise62%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is ranked 3rd in Remote Access with 21 reviews while VNC Connect is ranked 18th in Remote Access. Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is rated 8.0, while VNC Connect is rated 0.0. 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, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is most compared with VMware Horizon View, Citrix Workspace, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, TeamViewer and OpenText Exceed TurboX (ETX), whereas VNC Connect is most compared with OpenText Exceed TurboX (ETX), TeamViewer, Check Point Remote Access VPN, Parallels Access and Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager.

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