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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Application Virtualization

    8.9

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    89%

    Parallels Desktop

    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

    Remote Administration

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.6

    Parallels Desktop

    86%
    Parallels Desktop ranks higher in 13/13 features

    Screen sharing

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    5 Ratings

    File transfer

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    16 Ratings

    Instant message

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    6.0
    60%
    2 Ratings

    Secure remote access with Smart Card authentication

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    2 Ratings

    Access to sleeping/powered-off computers

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    5 Ratings

    Over-the-Internet remote session

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    6 Ratings

    Remote management of servers & workstations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0
    100%
    2 Ratings

    Remote Active Directory® management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    3 Ratings

    Centralized management dashboard

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    7 Ratings

    Session record

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.3
    93%
    5 Ratings

    Annotations

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    4 Ratings

    Monitoring and Alerts

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.7
    87%
    5 Ratings

    Multi-platform remote control

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0
    90%
    5 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Citrix Virtual Apps is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Parallels Desktop is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Implementation Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.6

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    86%
    20 Ratings
    8.0

    Parallels Desktop

    80%
    20 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Parallels Desktop

    100%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    8.0

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    80%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    Parallels Desktop

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Parallels Desktop

    90%
    11 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    7.0

    Citrix Virtual Apps

    70%
    2 Ratings
    10.0

    Parallels Desktop

    100%
    3 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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    Corel Corporation

    The product has evolved over the years and has become a lot easier to use than before. Deploying Virtual Machines is quick and easy and multiple methods from ISO files to direct selection of products is possible with minimal effort. Any organization needing to test or simply do business on multiple platforms without having separate computers for each OS, will love Parallels Desktop. It is doing the same revolution for desktop computers as VMWare did for servers
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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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    Corel Corporation

    • File Transfer - You can easily transfer files between Parallels virtualized desktops and the host desktop either through Copy and Paste functionality, or Drag and Drop. You can also configure shared folders.
    • Switch Between Virtual and Host Desktop - You can configure swipe gestures on a MacBook Pro to be able to switch between the virtualized and host desktop. You can also launch apps from the OS X Taskbar.
    • Performance - Apps in Parallels run quite smoothly on my 2015 MacBook Pro, as of 2020. Considering they are running on a 5-year-old computer, I give Parallels top marks for performance.
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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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    Corel Corporation

    • No update for OpenGL 3, which prevents some 3D applications from launching. The Windows-version of SketchUp is but one example.
    • Frequent (yearly) updates which don't always bring benefits (I always skip at least one version).
    • If you don't be careful, it generates 100s of useless Windows-application wrappers in macOS which sometimes take precedence in spotlight over the Mac apps I usually need to use (e.g. SketchUp, Excel, Word, Evernote...). More than once I launched Parallels instead of opening the native Mac app.
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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

      Parallels Desktop

      Starting Price

      $99 per license/per year

      Editions & Modules

      Parallels Desktop editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Parallels Desktop79.991
      Parallels Desktop Pro Edition992
      Parallels Desktop Business Edition99.993
      Parallels Desktop 1649.994
      Parallels Desktop Pro Edition49.995

      Footnotes

      1. per license
      2. per license/per year
      3. per license/per year
      4. per license
      5. per license/per year

      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

      Corel Corporation

      The software just works. I will say the renewal process is frustrating if you are decreasing seats, but otherwise the software and the account management is simple and perfect.
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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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      Corel Corporation

      It has a good integration, including the connection of peripherals. Taking files back and forth works well and I can attach my Home drive as a network drive in Windows. There is even integration with iCloud and other macOS services. There are also a few different display modes which are useful and fleixible (coherence, windowed, full-screen with multiple screens)
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      Support Rating

      Citrix

      No answers on this topic

      Corel Corporation

      We have had rare occasions to contact support about the product. Most questions were easily answered from the knowledge base. When we have had to contact support they were able to provide us with a couple of different solutions and enough resources about how to accomplish said solutions that solving the problem was easy enough.
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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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      Corel Corporation

      The only advice I can provide is think about who is using the product and build the image based on the true needs of the user.
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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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      Corel Corporation

      Parallels offers a much more streamlined and easier to navigate VM configuration interface. Once configured, device compatibility and overall system efficiency appears to be better in Parallels Desktop compared to others. Integration between the Mac host OS and the VM is virtually seamless whether you are just sharing files between the two operating systems or utilizing full-on Coherence mode.
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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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      Corel Corporation

      • Clearly much cheaper than purchasing a 2nd machine to run Windows on
      • Allows me to work faster with out have to move files from a machine/Drive to another
      • Annual subscription model is a bit cumbersome to renew - would rather just pay a one time flat fee
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