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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

Parallels RAS

[Parallels Remote Application Server is] suitable for integration with AppsAnywhere application streaming, especially using existing workstations, when users are using their own devices to connect to any workstation in a pool.Not suitable for booking the same specific workstation each time[.]
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Virtualization

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
6.3
Parallels RAS
Application support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
Parallels RAS
Device support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
9.6
Parallels RAS
Ease of deployment
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
2.4
Parallels RAS
Application packaging
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
Parallels RAS
Security
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
Parallels RAS

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

Parallels RAS

  • Speed: Connection times are dramatically improved with Parallels, and overall, we experience less latency.
  • Stability: We see far fewer hiccups with disconnect issues and reconnections are much faster after internet issues.
  • Customization: Parallels has excellent tools for configuring web portals, endpoints and farms on the fly without needing to fire up entire farms to make changes.
Anonymous | 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

Parallels RAS

  • Remote install is one of the coolest features, but sometimes doesn't play well with domain policies such as recommended CIS Baselines in different VLAN zones.
  • Would be nice if seamless apps showed up as dock icons in macOS the way Parallels for Desktop does.
Bret Benziger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 8.4
Based on 4 answers
It is critical to our organization's mobile application, remote work, and coronavirus response. We use it daily, our users find it easy and reliable while IT finds it easily secured and auditable
Joe Foran | 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

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Installation is straight forward, with no complications. Same for licensing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 8.3
Based on 124 answers
Product has updates often from server agent to gateway console, knowledge and support on the site its easy to find and solutions and patches are always in hand. On the other hand I can barely remember the last time I had any kind of issue with the product, so mostly I just had used support to find configurations.
Jorge Acopa Galera | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Parallels RAS

Parallels RAS 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Expect word of mouth to result in additional applications being requested very soon after go-live.
Joe Foran | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Parallels RAS

This is so much easier to configure! We used to use the old XenApp, and getting things done on that was always a lot more difficult. The ease of configuring the apps and desktops is far superior than the older versions of XenApp. Licensing is also a breeze as you can also split up the license if you wanted to set up a secondary farm or cluster of servers.
Anonymous | 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

Parallels RAS

  • The ROI with RAS can be measured in no downtime for our users versus the previous product we used. It seems that the prior product we used was always having connection issues, but RAS runs smoothly and without worry that we're going to have an outage.
  • In today's world, the ability to provide access to LOB applications is crucial. The major part of our sales team works on the East Coast with the main office in Western Pennsylvania. Having a stable platform for our remote workers was crucial to the success of our business.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)

General

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

Parallels RAS

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
2.4
Parallels RAS
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
Parallels RAS
8.4

Usability

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
Parallels RAS
9.1

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
Parallels RAS
9.1

Performance

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
Parallels RAS
8.2

Support Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
Parallels RAS
8.3

Online Training

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
Parallels RAS
8.2

Implementation Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
7.0
Parallels RAS
9.1

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