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Score 8.6 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Hypervisor

XenServer is well suited for all scenarios for deployment for a modern infrastructure. The weak link it has is of course for classic physical hardware that has key fobs or other telephony cards which aren't properly supported in a virtualized environment. Even if you have one physical server, virtualizing is the best practice to do.
Kristopher Leslie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

[Parallels Remote Application Server is] suitable for integration with AppsAnywhere application streaming, especially using existing workstations, when users are using their own devices to connect to any workstation in a pool.Not suitable for booking the same specific workstation each time[.]
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Citrix Hypervisor
8.7
Parallels RAS
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
Parallels RAS
Management console
Citrix Hypervisor
6.8
Parallels RAS
Live virtual machine backup
Citrix Hypervisor
8.4
Parallels RAS
Live virtual machine migration
Citrix Hypervisor
9.5
Parallels RAS
Hypervisor-level security
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
Parallels RAS

Pros

Citrix Hypervisor

  • Manages upgrades to the pool of hypervisor hosts with relative ease through a console (if licensed).
  • Makes it easy to create machine templates and clones and move them around within the pool of hosts.
  • Handles failures reasonably well through the use of the pool database copied on each host
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

  • Speed: Connection times are dramatically improved with Parallels, and overall, we experience less latency.
  • Stability: We see far fewer hiccups with disconnect issues and reconnections are much faster after internet issues.
  • Customization: Parallels has excellent tools for configuring web portals, endpoints and farms on the fly without needing to fire up entire farms to make changes.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Citrix Hypervisor

  • Support - if free is what you need, great support is not what you'll get, keep in mind if support is necessary
  • Upgrades - the upgrade process is buggy and problematic at best
  • Partner Support - if you're looking for a product with multiple parters rolled in, I'd look elsewhere
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

  • Remote install is one of the coolest features, but sometimes doesn't play well with domain policies such as recommended CIS Baselines in different VLAN zones.
  • Would be nice if seamless apps showed up as dock icons in macOS the way Parallels for Desktop does.
Bret Benziger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 10.0
Based on 3 answers
With the knowledge and usage of solutions from VMware and Microsoft offering more compelling cloud integrated options it makes it more compelling in many environments which I consult. XenServer is a good product and fits the bill in many smaller environments but as clients look to the cloud or a hybrid cloud it can in some cases make it a bit more difficult.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 8.4
Based on 4 answers
It is critical to our organization's mobile application, remote work, and coronavirus response. We use it daily, our users find it easy and reliable while IT finds it easily secured and auditable
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 6.1
Based on 2 answers
XenServer is quite usable due to the simplicity the management and installation provide for an administrator. The console for management is very intuitive and can easily be installed on any Windows operating system. There is a relatively simple web console that can be implemented as well that enhances the usability to provide service to non-administrators.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Installation is straight forward, with no complications. Same for licensing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 5.5
Based on 1 answer
It's been a little problematic in the past at larger VDI deployments requiring a bit more care and feeding than other vendors. But the latest releases (6.5.x) have brought about huge improvements in the stability and availability.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 6.4
Based on 1 answer
When running like a top XenServer is a fantastic hypervisor. There is relatively low overhead on the Dom0 so workloads get the most of the resources.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 8.2
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Anytime I had to request support from the Citrix Hypervisor website I had an instant answer and it was straight to the point. I also used the forums available to everyone and always had success from both the technical staff and from the community.
Jean Franco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 8.3
Based on 124 answers
Product has updates often from server agent to gateway console, knowledge and support on the site its easy to find and solutions and patches are always in hand. On the other hand I can barely remember the last time I had any kind of issue with the product, so mostly I just had used support to find configurations.
Jorge Acopa Galera | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 2.7
Based on 1 answer
Part of a training for certification to become a trainer for Citrix included an in-person training with a Master CCI. The XenServer training at this time was pretty simplified due to the product primarily being installed however you did have to work with it and mildly configure the system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Citrix Hypervisor

No score
No answers yet
Haven't given it a real go with any online training however there are some options out there. I have taught a course following Citrix material for XenDesktop which leverages XenServer and it is pre-built so not the best for XenServer specifically for installation but configuration is mildly touched on
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 8.2
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation Rating

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Ensure you review the HCL (hardware compatibility list) and reach out to the hardware vendors to ensure they support the platform and in case they have documentation that can be followed for the implementation. Also ensure the prerequisites are completed prior to implementation so that as few unexpected delays occur as you can control.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Expect word of mouth to result in additional applications being requested very soon after go-live.
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Citrix Hypervisor

The price is very good. Also, the support from the vendor in the process of implementation and maintenance is very important. Citrix offers this support. The implementation was easy, and gave us the ability to manage a large virtual infrastructure while reducing costs. The virtualization solution from Citrix offers more than other solutions had. Citrix is the best!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

This is so much easier to configure! We used to use the old XenApp, and getting things done on that was always a lot more difficult. The ease of configuring the apps and desktops is far superior than the older versions of XenApp. Licensing is also a breeze as you can also split up the license if you wanted to set up a secondary farm or cluster of servers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 6.4
Based on 1 answer
The servers latest versions have made massive improvements to scalability. But from past experience there have been issues when running workloads for extended periods of time without reboot on the hosts. I would need to run similar workloads on the 6.5 release which has changed much of the bottlenecks or issues so I'd imagine its far more capable now, Perhaps able to stand near the best in the market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Citrix Hypervisor

  • We noticed a true ROI within the first 2 years of implementation. The longer hardware refresh cycles save organizations like ours a lot of money each year.
Scott McGee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Parallels RAS

  • The ROI with RAS can be measured in no downtime for our users versus the previous product we used. It seems that the prior product we used was always having connection issues, but RAS runs smoothly and without worry that we're going to have an outage.
  • In today's world, the ability to provide access to LOB applications is crucial. The major part of our sales team works on the East Coast with the main office in Western Pennsylvania. Having a stable platform for our remote workers was crucial to the success of our business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Citrix Hypervisor

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Parallels RAS

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
Parallels RAS
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Hypervisor
10.0
Parallels RAS
8.4

Usability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.1
Parallels RAS
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Hypervisor
5.5
Parallels RAS
9.1

Performance

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
Parallels RAS
8.2

Support Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
8.0
Parallels RAS
8.3

In-Person Training

Citrix Hypervisor
2.7
Parallels RAS

Online Training

Citrix Hypervisor
Parallels RAS
8.2

Implementation Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
7.3
Parallels RAS
9.1

Scalability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
Parallels RAS

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