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Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops is great when in the office and needing to switch work stations and wanting to hop from one computer to another or one conference room to the next so that we can pick up where we left off and being able to access all your files. The tool has also great when working from home as there is a seamless integration between my workstation in my office and my laptop at home. Citrix has been so great that there is virtually no difference between my machines in the office or at my home, making me want to never leave!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

VMware is well suited to a business where there will be many remote users needing to connect to the companies desktop. The installation on a remote computer is simple and is easy to use remotely but can be complicated to set up on the back end on the office system. It may not be worth the effort for a company that has few people who need remote access.
Josh kimball | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

  • Enables remote access anywhere, to any device which eliminates managing the endpoints how traditional VPN would require.
  • Integrates well with modern applications to offer optimized user experiences similar to native applications which increases user acceptance.
  • Extremely flexible in how policies are applied to different use cases to ensure the appropriate security mitigations are in place with minimal effort.
  • Easy to maintain and expand environments to fit business needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

  • It provides a robust, secure, rich desktop environment that is able to access all internal network resources.
  • Addresses security and compliance concerns as all data resides within the internal network. All data accessed stays within the internal network and does not need to traverse a VPN to the local desktop where it may be cached, etc.
  • The connection is thin client that does not require large amount of bandwidth.
  • Client application is available for all common devices and O/S’s.
  • No need to install, configure and maintain applications on local desktop.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

  • Product documentation is bloated with information and lacks documentation on assisting with first time setup.
  • Customer service offers very little assistance when it comes to using your support contract.
  • Default Policy, out of the box, allows Clipboard, File Share, Printer Sharing, Drive redirection, and others security risks that should be disabled by default.
  • Screenshots are not prevented, other products blank a screenshot or sniping tool image. Watermarks are the only security citrix offers and are disabled by default.
  • Renewal cost of support contract is 80% of initial purchase price. Other companies renewal cost is significantly less.
  • End users who do not properly log off can leave a hung connection, and requires manual deletion of the connection for users to re-connect.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

  • Move away from Adobe Flash version in UI, currently on the path but they need to hurry up
  • Speed up the boot process of the environment when servers need maintenance
  • Provide clear steps on what should be upgrade path in terms of components, the order
  • price! A bit too much
Anonymous | 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
Because it has been a mainstay of our business for many years.
Denis Peach | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We are committed to VMware Horizon and we plan to stick with it for the future unless something drastically changes.
Dan Reynolds | 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

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 9.0
Based on 3 answers
VMware Horizon is very easy to use. It is very easy and quick to log in remotely. It is very easy to install remotely. It is usable easily on many different operating systems. It is easy to set up which tools are available to each remote user so that each user has just what they need to perform their work without any extra tools cluttering up their space or bogging down the system.
Josh kimball | 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

VMware Horizon

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) 7.6
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

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 9.1
Based on 4 answers
Performance is excellent of you provide the needed hardware to support the sessions/connections. Pages load very quickly at the client end as the thin client application does a very good job and requires very little bandwidth. All applications function well, as they are running on a session on an internal server that is accessing data directly on the network
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) 7.9
Based on 9 answers
The support is great when you get an engineer that knows what they are doing but getting that individual sometimes takes a while. Overall, they are professional and polite and competent in their knowledge. Sometimes the cases are open for an extended period of time which becomes very frustrating when dealing with critical issues.
Ivan Sytchev | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

VMware Horizon 8.0
Based on 14 answers
It is surely way better than Citrix, but it could improve a bit. Usually, they send us the solution without saying what was the root cause so we can avoid breaking something in the future. Besides that, VMWare support answers in an OK time-frame and even speaks our language (Portuguese).
Gabriel Krahn | 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

VMware Horizon

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

VMware Horizon

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

VMware Horizon

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

VMware Horizon

Although I really prefer Microsoft Remote Desktop for accessing Windows servers (from Windows machines especially), and this can be done from off-site with a VPN, this entails much more effort, namely getting everyone's Active Directory in the correct group to have access. VMWare Horizon is a much simpler solution in terms of granting access.Chrome Remote Desktop and TeamViewer are really not viable solutions for remotely accessing servers in business settings, although they work alright for home servers and such, especially from off-site.
Ho'omana Nathan Horton | 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

VMware Horizon

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop)

  • It allows us to save IT Support costs by centralizing the management of our apps.
  • Since the majority of the processing power being used is centralized to servers, you can extend the use of desktop hardware regardless of age in most cases.
  • If you have Apps that no longer run on modern desktop OS's, you can use Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenDesktop) to keep them alive by running them in a virtual instance on older OS and share them with the newer desktop OS machines.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Horizon

  • Saved money on PC purchases.
  • Save a lot of man hours by not having to image new PCs. We just create one Template VM and clone the others from that.
  • Bit of a learning curve to get the deployment right for the environment.
  • Ability to make sure VMs always turn back on once they are shutdown. This speeds up load times for users.
  • Less management for our PCs. If one gets a virus or something corrupts we just refresh it and within 5 minutes the user is back to work.
Adam Borecki | 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
  1. none
Additional Pricing Details

VMware Horizon

General

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

VMware Horizon Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$3,116.001
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details

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