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Score 8.1 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

Large enterprises with hundreds or thousands of users across many geographical locations are ideal candidate for Citrix XenApp. For medium enterprises, Citrix also offers XenApp in the cloud which is a hybrid cloud model where management servers are in the cloud and the company can host the worker servers locally or in preferred data center setup. Xenapp is also ideal for applications that requires frequent update to users and to ensure all users have access to the same version of the application from anywhere, any device, and any type of network connection.
Keith Kyaw, MBA, ITIL, CCA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

It is very well suited to large, diverse organizations looking to quickly deploy applications virtually to its employee base. They give immense control to system
Admins and allow users to more easily install the applications they need. They also allow users quick access to their applications, even during migration.
Kathleen Murray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Virtualization

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
6.2
Micro Focus Desktop Containers
7.4
Application support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
Micro Focus Desktop Containers
7.0
Device support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
9.7
Micro Focus Desktop Containers
7.0
Ease of deployment
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
2.3
Micro Focus Desktop Containers
6.0
Application packaging
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
Micro Focus Desktop Containers
8.0
Security
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
Micro Focus Desktop Containers
9.0

Pros

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

  • Xenapp uses a proprietary system (IMA/FMA) to more quickly deliver the screen shots, mouse clicks, etc...being done on the servers back to the users screen. This system is faster than any other app delivery programs protocols and for most users the apps are fairly seamless and run as if they were local as to speed.
  • Xenapp does require some training but overall is not overly technical in nature which helps in quickly ramping up into managing and configuring it.
  • XenApp's one main goal is to publish applications to user desktops. It does that better than any other solution on the market. There are alternate ways of doing this including simply using Microsoft's built in App delivery product but you will encounter more issues and a less than happy user experience if you try to pay less and skip adding XenApp into the mix.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

  • It allowed us to isolate applications so that they did not adversely interact with other applications.
  • They served as a virtual machine while we managed the migration to a new OS.
  • They helped us decrease malicious attacks because web browsers operating within a container could be terminated if an attack occurred.
  • They allowed us to quickly deploy applications across a diverse, global organization.
Kathleen Murray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

  • Cost - Licensing costs are not cheap.
  • Local printing is not installed by default. It took some time getting printing set up for each individual user.
  • Application compatibility is an issue when Citrix XenApp is updated, we were forced into purchasing not only an update, but also new office software.
Eric Mueller, CSM, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

  • Container access and restrictions were a bit cumbersome to set up.
  • We would frequently have users report containers failing to work properly due to file size.
  • There was very little documentation we could provide to users during onboarding
Kathleen Murray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp) 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Functions well in a Department of Defense environment, particularly when paired with a physical NetScaler that is FIPS compliant
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp) 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Issues with overlapping settings caused troubleshooting to be a problem during the early stages of deployment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

Other products were more cost effective, offered a better support contract, had less dependencies on third party programs, were much simpler to configure, had better documentation, and didn't require as much hardware.We chose Citrix over the alternatives, because one of our customers required the use of Citrix for the connection of Third Party vendors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

We went with Desktop Containers because we had a former colleague recommend it. However, we do feel we made the right choice for our organization.
Kathleen Murray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

  • Allowing staff to complete time sensitive work. i.e. Accounting processing payroll, billing. Staff meeting deadlines for client production products.
  • Time installing and configuring software occurrences is externally cut down. Such as personal profile configuration of toolbar's, files, shortcuts, etc.
  • Software licenses reduced.
Daniel J. Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

  • We were able to migrate to a different OS 50% more quickly than in the past.
  • We saw a dramatic decrease in malicious attacks while using this product.
  • Our users were able to more quickly get access to the products they needed.
  • We no longer needed to worry about applications not playing nice with others since they were isolated
Kathleen Murray | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

General

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

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
7.8
Micro Focus Desktop Containers
9.0

Usability

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
Micro Focus Desktop Containers

Implementation Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
7.0
Micro Focus Desktop Containers

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