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Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops are well suited for remote access when paired with Citrix ADC as the gateway. It is great for when there are limited resources and applications and desktops need to be shared with many users. It is a very good VDI environment and works with VMware vCenter and ESXi very well. Without Citrix ADC it is very difficult to set up an ICA proxy for remote sessions. If you are planning on using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for remote access you either need Citrix ADC or VPN to keep it secure.
Ivan Sytchev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

A specific scenario where Hyper-V is well suited would be for environment testing purposes. Let's say you want to learn or test a new OS for a product or just for learning purposes. You are able to boot up this OS in just a few mins on Hyper-V and then begin working, testing and learning with no money out of your pocket. You don't have to go out and build or buy a new PC (assuming your current PC has enough memory and CPU usage for a single VM.).I do not think there is a scenario where this would not be appropriate. This is not really a piece of software that you need to install to do other things. If you are enabling Hyper-V you are using it to create a virtual environment. The only time you really wouldn't use this is if your application would be better off running in a docker/container setup.
Charles R. Coggins III | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Hyper-V
7.7
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Hyper-V
7.8
Management console
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Hyper-V
7.5
Live virtual machine backup
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Hyper-V
7.7
Live virtual machine migration
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Hyper-V
7.5
Hypervisor-level security
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Hyper-V
8.0

Pros

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

  • All Management resources can now be installed on a single server. Reducing the overhead required to maintain a citrix environment.
  • Granularity of the Delivery groups allow you to define allowing a remote user to connect to a random XenDesktop VM or individually assigning VMs to users.
  • HDX RealTime Optimization Pack has stabilized some of the issues of utilizing all of the features of Skype for Business in a ZenDesktop VM.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

  • Checkpoints are the easiest in Hyper-V. Creating them on live systems, restoring a system to a previous checkpoint in seconds and maintaining the one you were just using in case you have to go back to it again.
  • Controlling the resources is extremely useful in Hyper-V as opposed to other solutions that have basic tools only. With Hyper-V you can assign specific number of cores of CPU, or amounts of RAM, and you can set these dynamically with a type of "importance" for each VM, so that if one VM is more essential than a 2nd one, but both are trying to consume 100% of the CPU/RAM, you can designate which server has the most importance and Hyper-V will give it the resources over the 2nd one.
  • Replicas are required! If your Hyper-V host dies, your company dies. If you have a Replica Hyper-V Host, you are in good shape! Spinning up a replica server can be done automatically when the primary VM fails, or manually to give you a chance to modify IP/MAC/HostName/etc. This can be done in seconds and have your company up and running again in moments versus days!
John Fester | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

  • Monitoring and troubleshooting tools are lacking. Unless you can afford the costly step up to Platinum licensing, there is little native visibility into the Inner workings of the system, or into the ICA tunnel protocols. there are third party tools available, but because ICA is licensed by Citrix, there are only a few vendors who have the ability to really see what is occurring under the covers.
  • Profile management is very sloppy. Once again, a third party tool is required to effectively manage roaming profiles and keep login times down to a manageable level. UPM allows profiles to grow dramatically and requires careful monitoring and frequent intervention.
  • The Citrix Receiver client (Windows) is quirky and often causes end user performance and UX issues. Installing and upgrading the client is not straightforward or easy, although Citrix has been improving this weakness in recent releases.
Denis Peach | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

  • For me, checkpoints have been a sore spot over the years. These are system snapshots, where you can roll back the system to a previous point in time if you encounter issues after installing updates, applications, or making changes to the system. I'm using Server 2016 and haven't tried them in this version, but earlier versions created all sorts of issues if you ran into a scenario where you needed to recover a VM. I don't use these, instead relying on Veeam backups.
  • Moving VMs from one server to another could be easier. To be clear, I'm not talking about Replica, but actual VM migration.
Nathan Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.2
Based on 4 answers
XenDesktop has become so integral to our operations that we will continue using it for the foreseeable future.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Cheap and easy is the name of the game. It has great support, it doesn't require additional licenses, it works the same if it is a cluster or stand-alone, and all the servers can be centrally managed from a system center virtual machine manager server, even when located at remote sites.
Tim Starkenburg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.2
Based on 5 answers
Getting the environment setup took me three months of off and on work, with 3 complete rebuilds of the environment. Utilizing the WebUI to access the environment had presented so many random issues that we had to require end users to use the Citrix Reciever App. As it was the only stable solution.Aside from that, it hasn't required much admin intervention since the stand-up was completed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 4 answers
It is very easy to configure new virtual machines and manage them. But you have to use different interfaces to perform various tasks. Especially as soon as it comes to clustering you have to use at least two different interfaces (Hyper-V Manager and Failover-Cluster Manager) to perform all necessary tasks. The newly released Windows Admin Center is a way into the right direction to get all management tasks into one single interface.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.4
Based on 2 answers
Xendesktop did a great job with HA of all the components.
Khanh Thai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
In the past 2 years our Hyper-V servers have only had a handful of instances where the VM's on them were unreachable and the physical Hyper-V server had to be restarted. One time this was due to a RAM issue with the physical box and was resolved when we stopped using dynamic memory in Hyper-V. The other times were after updates were installed and the physical box was not restarted after the updates were installed.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 7.7
Based on 5 answers
The performance of XenDesktop is the best in the industry because of the fine-tuned protocol and years of updating. Overall, I don't think there is a better performer on the market. The question is if the added complexity of running XenDesktop is really worth the performance gain. While the latest version of XenDesktop is the easiest to deploy so far, it is still more challenging than the competitors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Hyper-V itself works quickly and rarely gave performance issues but this can be more attributed to the physical server specifications that the actual Hyper-V software in my opinion as Hyper-V technically just utilizes config files such as xml, and a data drive file (VHD, VHDX, etc) to perform its' duties.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.0
Based on 9 answers
When you finally get to support, it is usually fairly good and consistent, but Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) does make it hard and time-intensive to get to someone who can help. With that said their only KB's are quite good and many times you can solve issues by looking stuff up yourself vs. fighting to get a competent support rep on the phone,
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.2
Based on 18 answers
The largest reason for this rating is due to the Microsoft pay for support model. If the user has an active support agreement with microsoft then the support is good with timely responses and support personnel who will work the problems to completion. The knowledge bases are very large and difficult to search. There are a large number of resources available. Microsoft licensing models make it difficult to properly license environments.
James McCullough | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
I was self trained
Khanh Thai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.0
Based on 1 answer
We had in person training from a third party and while it was very in depth it was at a beginner's level and by the time we received the training we had advanced past this level so it was monotonous and redundant at that point. It was good training though and would have provided a solid foundation for learning the rest of Hyper-V had I had it from the beginning.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 8.3
Based on 2 answers
Easy to understand and learn at my own pace
John Pasqualicchio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
The training was easy to read and find. There were good examples in the training and it is plentiful if you use third party resources also. It is not perfect as sometimes you may have a specific question and have to spend time learning or in the rare case you get an error you might have to research that error code which could have multiple causes.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Take it slow and read the directions each step of the way. If you are not familiar with Citrix products, use a reseller or other experienced engineer to assist you in the setup of your environment
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Make sure to test the upgrade on a machine with test VM's that are either backed up or are ok to be corrupted in case of failure. Other than that there are few things to worry about
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

VMWare View is more complicated to implement and uses linked clones. I haven't used VMWare View in awhile though and this may have changed. At the time I tested it, the performance was consistently better (especially when remote) with XenDesktop. Additionally, XenDesktop had features like personal vDisk that gave it an advantage from a user standpoint. If you have applications that require GPU acceleration, Citrix's offering is more mature in this area than VMWare View as well.
Jay Oliphant | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

We use VirtualBox for non-production environments and pre-production testing because it's free. In our experience, we are not confident in VirtualBox for a production environment. On the flip-side, VMware is overkill for our needs and is too complex for our small I.T. dept to manage. Hyper-V is right in the middle. We already have it via existing licenses and it has a familiar feel to anyone who has used Microsoft's server operating systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 9.2
Based on 2 answers
Easily scalable
John Pasqualicchio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Nothing is perfect but Hyper-V does a great job of showing the necessary data to users to ensure that there is enough resources to perform essential functions. You can also select what fields show on the management console which is helpful for a quick glance. There are notifications that can be set up and if things go unnoticed and a Hyper-V server runs out of a resource it will safely and quickly shut down the VM's it needs to in order to ensure no Hardware failure or unnecessary data loss.
Bill Starling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

  • Increased productivity of nursing of ER and inpatient staff, leading to faster and more accurate patient care.
  • Very positive feedback from VDI users who could not imagine having to go back to the "old way".
  • Thin-clients and 0-clients should double the workstation life cycle versus traditional workstations.
  • Large initial investment for server and storage infrastructure, Microsoft and Citrix licensing, and configuration of the virtual platform, XenDesktop, and other product integrations (single sign-on, provisioning services, third-party personalization and management apps, etc.)
  • Integration of all components that compliment and support XenDesktop create a complex environment that increases quality and quantity of supporting staff.
Brad Eley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hyper-V

  • Positive: It saved my client money because they didn't have to provide an entire laptop for me. Instead, they just gave me a USB stick with an ISO file, which I used to load their image on my Hyper-V.
  • Negative: Downtime. I have spent a lot of time troubleshooting connectivity and stability issues within Hyper-V. So although it saved them the initial money of not having to provide a separate laptop, a lot of money was spent in man-hours trying to troubleshoot other issues.
  • Positive: Interfacing with the local system. How a VM interfaces with a local system can often be hit or miss. As an example, I'm referring to how easily it can copy/paste between the two systems. Hyper-V does this remarkably well, and it also handles screen sizing with ease.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

General

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

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) Editions & Modules

Edition
Virtual Apps$375
    Additional Pricing Details

    Hyper-V

    General

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

    Hyper-V Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Developer$24.951
    Bronze$49.001
    Silver$89.001
    Gold$135.001
    Platinum$199.001
    1. Per Month
    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.8
    Hyper-V
    8.3

    Likelihood to Renew

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.2
    Hyper-V
    10.0

    Usability

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.2
    Hyper-V
    10.0

    Reliability and Availability

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.4
    Hyper-V
    9.0

    Performance

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    7.7
    Hyper-V
    9.0

    Support Rating

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.0
    Hyper-V
    8.2

    In-Person Training

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    10.0
    Hyper-V
    8.0

    Online Training

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.3
    Hyper-V
    9.0

    Implementation Rating

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    9.0
    Hyper-V
    10.0

    Scalability

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    9.2
    Hyper-V
    9.0

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