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Score 8 out of 100
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Score 9.2 out of 100

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

I believe it's an excellent solution for any scenario which requires virtualization. The only scenario where it might not be the best solution would be in building out a cloud infrastructure - you could certainly integrate RHEV for something like that but I think that either OpenStack or CloudStack might be a better solution for building cloud environments.
Matthew J. Fitzpatrick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.4
Management console
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.2
Live virtual machine backup
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
7.1
Live virtual machine migration
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.5
Hypervisor-level security
Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
9.8

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

  • RHEV can acquire user and group information from an Active Directory service without a great deal of confusing configuration.
  • RHEV management is browser-based and can be accessed from any platform.
  • Online Snapshot capability, provides a better redundancy than vsphere.
Ian Neveu | 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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

  • Ran into a regression when updating firmware for IGEL
  • Desktop froze and became non responsive on a few occasions.
  • Server crashed and took down all the clients in the Thin setup.
Emile Swarts | 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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

VMware ESXi is a more mature technology, as it has been around for a longer period of time. However, automating ESXi installations requires hacking OEM media and an intense amount of knowledge of how ESXi operates under the hood. The WebUI and associated functionality for ESXi is more stable than RHEV, however ESXi does not support open-source community projects such as Gluster, Cinder, or Glance natively and relies on HW RAID, NAS, or SAN to achieve high availability. Additionally ESXi licenses tend to be more expensive than using RHEV or it's freely available sibling oVirt.
Charles Inglese | 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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

  • Replacement costs are high for employee PC hardware and such a product has helped cut down costs and will continue to do so once deployed across more departments
  • Increased availability and manageability
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

    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

    General

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

    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV) Editions & Modules

    Edition
    Standard$999.001
    Premium$1,499.001
    1. Per Year Per Hypervisor
    Additional Pricing Details

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.6
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)
    7.6

    Likelihood to Renew

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.2
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

    Usability

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.2
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

    Reliability and Availability

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.4
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

    Performance

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    7.7
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

    Support Rating

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.0
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

    In-Person Training

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    10.0
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

    Online Training

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    8.3
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

    Implementation Rating

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    9.0
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

    Scalability

    Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)
    9.2
    Red Hat Virtualization (RHV)

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