Best use case for Citrix Virtual Apps
February 24, 2022

Best use case for Citrix Virtual Apps

David Melin | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Citrix Virtual Apps

Citrix Virtual Apps is currently used globally, In the United States, England, France, Germany, Japan, India, Australia, and China. Citrix Virtual Apps provides secure remote access for contractors and consultants who need to work in remote environments. It has alleviated the need for access globally and provides access for users outside of the local regions. We have been able to provide secure access to desktops, and applications regardless of the proximity of their location. We have been using the product for the past ten years and with the Covid-19 pandemic, also provided a means for additional users to work securely from home. Today we have Citrix environments in the cloud as well as on-premise datacenters. We have migrated away from using VPN because Citrix Virtual Apps is more scalable and configurable.
  • Provides access to an entire computer desktop session.
  • Provides access to single published applications.
  • Configurable to provide read only access to a desktop or application.
  • Allows for apply Citrix and AD group policies for secure and enhanced access.
  • More built in reporting from Citrix Director.
  • Easier to manage and upgrade Virtual Delivery Agents.
  • Enhance the Citrix Gateway interface on the NetScaler.
  • Make it easier to customize the Citrix Gateway UI dashboard.
  • Carefully scaled implementations have managed the the total cost.
  • Providing access to users worldwide has been the biggest ROI.
  • Quick implementations of new environments have made the product worth the value.
We use Palo Alto Global Protect, and Pulse Secure VPN. While both are secure they don't compare with providing the type of access Citrix Virtual Apps delivers. The VPN solutions are perfect for Operations and technical teams for Remote Desktop Access, however, Citrix Virtual Apps provides customizable access for normal users, consultants and delivers a complete system or can be scaled to deliver specific applications securely.

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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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