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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Feature Set Ratings

  • Citrix Virtual Apps ranks higher in 1 feature set: Application Virtualization

Application Virtualization

8.9

Citrix Virtual Apps

89%
7.4

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

74%
Citrix Virtual Apps ranks higher in 5/5 features

Application support

9.0
90%
20 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Device support

8.8
88%
20 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Ease of deployment

9.0
90%
19 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Application packaging

8.5
85%
15 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Security

9.3
93%
20 Ratings
9.0
90%
1 Rating

Attribute Ratings

  • Micro Focus Desktop Containers is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.6

Citrix Virtual Apps

86%
20 Ratings
9.0

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

90%
1 Rating

Usability

8.0

Citrix Virtual Apps

80%
1 Rating

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.0

Citrix Virtual Apps

70%
2 Ratings

Micro Focus Desktop Containers

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix

Citrix Virtual Apps is well suited for environments that require remote access with 25 or more users. It is not appropriate for small sites with 10 or fewer users due to the cost of ownership. Citrix Virtual Apps pricing plus Windows RDS licensing as well is required. Smaller organizations may not find the cost-benefit due to overall costs and/or the cost of managing the environment.
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Micro Focus

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.
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Pros

Citrix

  • Excellent for remote satellite users with low bandwidth and high latency connection.
  • Keeps data and applications secure in the data center as users are only getting "screenshots" of the application and mouse/keyboard inputs.
  • Platform agnostic allowing users to access from Apple OSX, iOS, Android devices, Windows, and Linux.
  • Allows increase user density when applications are installed on centralized servers as opposed to on user desktops and laptops.
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Micro Focus

  • 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.
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Cons

Citrix

  • Although I recommend Xenapp in all serious VDI/remote application situations, it is expensive and will add a lot of money to any projects budget. Some places will have a hard time justifying using it vs. the built in (free) Microsoft product and this makes the cost an area they could improve on.
  • Previous versions of Xenapp were more admin friendly than the current iteration. One example would be the ability to assign values to each server in your farm such that if you had a server that you wanted less users on it was an easy task. Xenapp now divides the users evenly with little way of doing granular load balancing.
  • Another crucial missing feature of Xenapp is the ability to move users from one server to another without making them log back in. For example, if you have a server that you know is having an issue it would be helpful if we could move users off onto a healthy server without making them logoff/kicking them off.
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Micro Focus

  • 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
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Pricing Details

Citrix Virtual Apps

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Citrix Virtual Apps editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Micro Focus Desktop Containers

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Micro Focus Desktop Containers editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Usability

      Citrix

      Functions well in a Department of Defense environment, particularly when paired with a physical NetScaler that is FIPS compliant
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      Micro Focus

      No answers on this topic

      Implementation Rating

      Citrix

      Issues with overlapping settings caused troubleshooting to be a problem during the early stages of deployment.
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      Micro Focus

      No answers on this topic

      Alternatives Considered

      Citrix

      We tried Microsoft's RemoteApp before settling on Citirx's XenApp. RemoteApp is not scalable for large implementations, management can not be guaranteed, and multiple server management is not available. RemoteApp is best suited for smaller environments that do not require complex publishing. Citrix XenApp provides customers with improved maintenance and manageability, improved end-user experience for application delivery, and increased performance for users.
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      Micro Focus

      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.
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      Return on Investment

      Citrix

      • Citrix Virtual Apps reduce your cost significantly. Operating on the cloud helps you cut costs on not only network infrastructure but also on the human resources required to maintain it.
      • I can see no negative impact however in case the Citrix Virtual Apps are facing any network issues or downtime then it becomes a bit of an issue as you are dependent on the same for your network connectivity and applications access. However, you can raise a ticket and their support is great and helps you fix the issues ASAP.
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      Micro Focus

      • 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
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