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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Application Virtualization

    8.9

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    89%

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Citrix Virtual Apps ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Application support

    9.0
    90%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Device support

    8.8
    88%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of deployment

    9.0
    90%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Application packaging

    8.5
    85%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Security

    9.3
    93%
    20 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    7.1

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    71%
    Oracle VM VirtualBox ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.9
    69%
    38 Ratings

    Management console

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3
    73%
    46 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.1
    81%
    39 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.5
    65%
    34 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.6
    66%
    30 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Oracle VM VirtualBox is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.6

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    86%
    20 Ratings
    9.1

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    91%
    54 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    100%
    3 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    80%
    1 Rating
    9.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    90%
    5 Ratings

    Support Rating

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    70%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    70%
    2 Ratings
    8.0

    Oracle VM VirtualBox

    80%
    2 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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    Oracle

    It is best suited when you want to have different operating systems on your laptop or desktop. You can easily switch between operating systems without the need to uninstall one. In another scenario, if you expect some application to damage your device, it would be best to run the application on the VM such that the damage can only be done to the virtual machine. It is less appropriate when time synchronization is very important. At times the VMs run their own times differently from the host time and this may cause some losses if what you doing is critical. Another important thing to take note of is the licensing of the application you want to run your VM. Some licenses do not allow the applications to be run on virtual servers so it is not appropriate to use the VM at this time.
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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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    Oracle

    • It is simple to install - there is no advanced knowledge required to begin building virtual computers
    • It is easy to use - adding new virtual machines is simple with wizard-based deployment
    • It enables easy portability - moving virtual machines from one host to another is straight-forward and simple
    • It is free
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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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    Oracle

    • I have had issues in the past when it has come to resizing VM disk storage. The issue is entirely detailed here: https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/9103 -- the problem was caused because of having existing snapshots (which error message output was not detailing). I haven't had to deal with the issue due to my dynamic disk sizes not being small from the start anymore (this is mostly an issue for my Windows VMs where the base disk may need significant size for the OS). It looks like, for a resize, that a merge of all snapshots has to occur first -- one user on that list details a workaround to maintain snapshots by cloning the VM. (Note: 5.2 was just released a few weeks ago, and looks like it should prevent the problem happening in the future by properly informing users that it isn't possible with snapshots).
    • Certain scenarios, like resizing disks, required dropping into a terminal as there were no options to previously do so via the GUI. According to some recent posts, I've seen that v5.2 has added disk management stuff like that to the GUI (or will be adding it). I'm comfortable with dropping into the terminal, but in a teaching scenario or when evaluating the learnability of the tools, it complicates things.
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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

      Oracle VM VirtualBox

      Starting Price

      Editions & Modules

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 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

        Likelihood to Renew

        Citrix

        No answers on this topic

        Oracle

        I give this rating because virtual box is inexpensive but there is another product such as vm ware that can also be used
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        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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        Oracle

        Easy and quick to use. Runs at sufficient speed even with 5/6 VMs running, and can handle a bridged network with ease. Easy to disassociate from the host to ensure the environment built within VB is quarantined should anything happen, meaning no risk to physical hardware. Quick to pick up. Quick to add new machines. Cloning feature very quick and comprehensive. I've never had a VM crash or freeze.
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        Support Rating

        Citrix

        No answers on this topic

        Oracle

        Oracle have a very fast response rate and a strong user community. One can geet help from many sources if they choose to research for themselves.
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        Implementation Rating

        Citrix

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

        We really enjoy using virtual box. We do not require to buy expensive hardware but instead we can minimize costs and maximize profits.
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        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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        Oracle

        VirutalBox is very similar to using Vmware with the slight difference in appearance and what might be considered a less polished look. However, what it lacks in polish and looks it makes up for in functionality, easy of use and the wide range of operating systems and features it supports without the need of buying the full professional edition
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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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        Oracle

        • For personal use, there is no monetary investment, I am running 5 CentOS servers flawlessly in my home lab.
        • Saves a ton of money in an enterprise environment by not having to purchase physical test servers. (Cost of Enterprise product is way lower vs Cost of standing up physical servers and/or cloud servers)
        • Makes virtualization very easy and friendly for everyone for test instances.
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