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Score 7.7 out of 100
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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 ThinApp

VMware ThinApp is ideal for a business that is still using PCs over Thin Clients because often times when using web-based applications there are some that simply will not run in Internet Explorer 11. ThinApped packages are also much easier to deploy as the packages that I make, all you need to do is simply copy the folder into Program Files.
Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Virtualization

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
6.3
VMware ThinApp
9.6
Application support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
VMware ThinApp
10.0
Device support
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
9.6
VMware ThinApp
8.0
Ease of deployment
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
2.4
VMware ThinApp
10.0
Application packaging
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
VMware ThinApp
10.0
Security
Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
5.6
VMware ThinApp
10.0

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 ThinApp

  • Virtualizes applications for easy deployment
  • Allows you to run two versions of the same software at the same time.
  • Outstanding customer support
Michael Timms | 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 ThinApp

  • I have had difficulty Thinapping Office 2013
  • Several applications are trial and error as they fail often, with little to no documentation
  • Price could be cheaper
Michael Timms | 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 ThinApp

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 ThinApp

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 ThinApp

The only application that I have ever used that does exactly what VMware ThinApp does is Cameyo, and VMware is light years ahead of them in terms of usability. VMWare is the industry standard for application virtualization, and they do this by making a powerful product that is remarkably simple to use and top it off with A1 customer support.
Michael Timms | 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

VMware ThinApp

  • ThinApp is our go to for application virtualization
  • Allows us to run multiple versions of Internet Explorer
  • Cuts down on deployment time.
Michael Timms | 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 ThinApp

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)
2.4
VMware ThinApp
10.0

Usability

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
8.0
VMware ThinApp

Implementation Rating

Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly XenApp)
7.0
VMware ThinApp

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