Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp vs Parallels Remote Application Server

Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp vs Parallels Remote Application ServerCitrix XenDesktop: To build a complete virtualization and application delivery solution that has the same functionality as Parallels Remote Application Server, administrators have to use several different Citrix products since Citrix does not provide a complete solution similar to Parallels Remote Application Server. In this competitive analysis we will compare Parallels Remote Application Server with:


Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp Planning, Installation & Setup

Planning, installing and configuring a Citrix Xen products solution is a very complex task. Hence businesses typically hire third party consultants who specialize in Citrix solutions to set up a virtualization and application delivery solution. There are several disadvantages when setting up a Citrix Xen products solution, such as:

Parallels Remote Application Server

Citrix XenDesktop & XenApp High Availability, Scalability & Manageability

High Availability

Multiple servers, gateways and other components can be added to a farm in both products to cater for bigger demands. Therefore both products have several high availability features.


An implementation of Citrix Xen products can have multiple farms, known as Sites in a Parallels Remote Application Server environment. Therefore both products can scale up very well.

Load Balancing

Both Citrix Xen products and Parallels Remote Application Server support load balancing of incoming connection requests. Below is a list of key points that explains why Parallels Remote Application Server Load Balancing is better than that of Citrix Xen products:


Citrix XenDesktop: SearchVirtualDesktop

Citrix XenDesktop: Wikiedia

Citrix XenDesktop: VirtualizationAdmin