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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

VMware Horizon Apps

If you're a large company with enough budget to maintain infrastructure and pay the expensive professional partners, only then should you consider this solution. If you have a lot of folks on the move and need to remotely deploy the application Horizon Mobile Manager could be a great help. Another typical scenario where it is appropriate is when you allow BYOD and need to create an application bubble that contains the apps, secure content locker etc. preventing employees to share it or open the content in other apps
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Virtualization

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
6.2
VMware Horizon Apps
Application support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
VMware Horizon Apps
Device support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
9.7
VMware Horizon Apps
Ease of deployment
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
2.2
VMware Horizon Apps
Application packaging
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
VMware Horizon Apps
Security
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
VMware Horizon Apps

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

VMware Horizon Apps

  • Cloud Based Solution
  • Ability to manage devices globally
  • Very simple to use
  • Ability to create "application bubble" for BYOD devices
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

VMware Horizon Apps

  • Expensive to implement because you'll most definitely need a professional partner for implementation
  • As easy it is to use, it is complex to install. We have about 4 servers in our infrastructure only for this.
  • Tech support almost never gets back to you on the same day. Even for the critical issues.
Anonymous | 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

VMware Horizon Apps

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

VMware Horizon Apps

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

VMware Horizon Apps

No answers on this topic

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

VMware Horizon Apps

  • Since we have total control to do remote wipes on employee's own devices with HMM, it allows us to bring in BYOD policies which saves big bucks on company mobile purchases.
  • If you're not a large enough company, the implementation and maintenance cost might not be justified
  • The lackluster support can sometimes cause big issues go unfixed for significant duration which can potentially cause a problem
Anonymous | 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

VMware Horizon Apps

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
VMware Horizon Apps
7.0

Usability

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
VMware Horizon Apps

Implementation Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
7.0
VMware Horizon Apps

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