Xenapp Fundamentals EOL - Challenges & Opportunities

On March 03 2015, Citrix reviewed the lifecycle for XenApp and Presentation Server, confirming that the end of extended support for Windows Server 2003 will be on 24 August 2016. For businesses, the subsequent mandatory migration has the potential to cause a disruptive wholesale change in their IT environment.

However, Citrix’s end-of-life announcement also gives companies the opportunity[2] to re-evaluate their needs and investigate the options provided by other vendors. As businesses face this rapidly approaching deadline, planning a migration strategy is a high priority. Parallels has supported many companies in the migration process from Citrix. Parallels Remote Application Server is easy to implement, provides enterprise scalability, and integrates powerful universal printing and scanning functionality. Parallels Remote Application Server also supports all major hypervisors from Microsoft, VMware and Citrix.

To manage the migration effectively, it is necessary to understand performance and gain visibility of all IT tiers, including users, applications, OS, virtualization, data and networks. Businesses need a solution that can correlate performance, availability, ‘fault’ and capacity data. Having this clarity can help identify infrastructural weaknesses both before and after the upgrade, to ensure optimum performance and end user satisfaction.

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The Parallels Philosophy: Simple, Flexible Solutions

When analyzing Parallels and Citrix solutions, you can notice a substantial difference in company philosophy.

The Parallels approach is to simplify the management of the product. For instance, the installation and configuration of Parallels Remote Application Server takes less than five minutes. Publishing an application on any device or remote desktop is just a matter of a few clicks. Furthermore, unlike the Citrix product, the Parallels solution is fully scalable, giving businesses greater flexibility. Parallels’s straightforward approach is evident also in the licensing - all the features are available from the first installation at no additional cost. 

On the other hand, the installation and configuration of the Citrix product require specialised training, and the process itself can be long and complex. The configuration of any module often has to be completed manually, and requires several steps until the environment is up and running. The laborious setup process can jeopardize the overall performance of the product, as human error is more likely with a manual setup. With regard to licensing, additional modules need to be purchased to deliver even a standard solution. For businesses, this results in increased costs and more time spent on IT administration.

Parallels Offers A High Quality Solution To SMBs

It is quite clear that Citrix is not the best solution for the small and medium business.  At Parallels we understand that running a small and medium business is hard enough without also having to worry about the IT infrastructure.

Parallels Remote Application Server focuses on security, reliability, performance and usability. Parallels Remote Application Server, unlike the Citrix product, is one solution that covers all your needs without having to constantly monitor statuses. If one feature is upgraded or the status changes it won’t affect your whole network and the IT administrator will be informed automatically. The icing on the cake is that Parallels Remote Application Server is easy to install, manage, configure and maintain, all at a very competitive price. 

  • A default Parallels Remote Application Server installation only takes a couple of minutes to complete (standard MSI package).
  • All components needed to publish applications and desktops over the internet etc. (i.e. Parallels SecureGateway) are installed by default, therefore all functionality is available in an out-of-the-box configuration within minutes.
  • All Parallels Remote Application Server components run (and are installed) on a single server. Various components can be added or migrated to additional servers to support larger scale networks.
  • Parallels Remote Application Server does not have any specific requirements.
  • Parallels Remote Application Server is very easy to configure and manage; administrators do not have to be specialized.
  • High-capacity, resource-based load balancing and management features.

Parallels helps you make sure that your employees are getting the tools and resources that your company needs. With Citrix’s end-of-life announcement, now is the right time to switch to Parallels Remote Application Server and escape Citrix’s monopolistic approach.

About Parallels 

Parallels is a global leader in virtual desktop, application delivery and mobile device management solutions. Thousands of organizations worldwide trust in the reliability and scalability of Parallels products. Parallels offers a range of solutions to make every organization’s shift to cloud computing simple and affordable. The company’s product line includes the award-winning Parallels Remote Application Server , providing platform-independent virtual desktop, application delivery and integrated thin client management from a single software package to any modern operating system, as well as to mobile devices including smartphones and tablets. Parallels Mobile Device Manager  offers a complementary (or standalone) solution that enables Parallels’s customers to monitor and manage corporate and employee-owned mobile devices. With Parallels Mobile Device Management, customers will be able to track their devices and remotely lock or delete data if a device is lost or stolen. In addition, organizations will be able to monitor mobile devices for malware and remove inappropriate apps. Parallels is part of a group of software companies including 3CX, a developer of Windows-based IP PBX software, and Acunetix, a developer of web application security scanning software. For additional information, visit www.parallels.com or contact Giorgio Bonuccelli by email at Giorgio.Bonuccelli@parallels.com or by phone at (+356) 2258 3800.


XenApp Fundamentals EOL [1] Lifecycle Announcement for Citrix XenApp http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX122442#ApplicableProducts 

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [2] The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [3] Lifecycle Milestones for Citrix XenDesktop https://www.citrix.de/support/product-lifecycle/milestones/xendesktop.html

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [4] Citrix XenApp and Windows Server support and End of Life timeline http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/gabeknuth/archive/2012/06/06/citrix-xenapp-and-windows-server-support-and-end-of-life-timeline.aspx  

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [5] Citrix XenApp 6.5 Performance – How To Ensure A Great End User Experience Before, During and After Your Upgrade http://blog.eginnovations.com/2013/03/26/citrix-xenapp-6-5-performance-how-to-ensure-a-great-end-user-experience-before-during-and-after-your-upgrade/    

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [6] Citrix certification http://training.citrix.com/cms/education/certification/    

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [7] 2X Software vs. Citrix matrix analysis http://bit.ly/1tHt7VQ

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [8] I only need delivery application, no VD http://discussions.citrix.com/topic/349794-i-only-need-delivery-application-no-vd/ 

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [9] Citrix XenApp: Say Good Bye to Presentation Server 4.5 and Some XenApp 5 Farms http://rogerbritten.blogspot.com/2013/03/citrix-xenapp-say-good-bye-to.html  

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [10] Perfect Citrix replacement 2X Application Server http://www.itsmdaily.com/2014/02/18/perfect-citrix-replacement-2x-application-server/    

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [11] 2X citrix alternative  http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/120603-2x-citrix-alternative

XenApp Fundamentals EOL [12] 2X ApplicationServer XG version 11 (Review) http://frugalnetworker.com/2013/12/02/2x-applicationserver-xg-version-11-review/



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