White Paper: Save Up to 60% On Your Citrix Costs

Citrix CostsThe white paper “Save 60% On Your Citrix Costs” shows how switching from Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) to Parallels Remote Application Server, you can save up to 60 percent of the initial and running costs of your application and virtual desktop delivery solution.

This blog post summarizes the findings of the white paper. The main reasons why installing and running an application and virtual desktop delivery solution with Parallels Remote Application Server is much cheaper than with Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) are:

The Costs of Other Overheads

The above list only highlights the obvious differences in both hardware and software at face value. In a real environment, you will incur many more costs when running such solutions. For example, if you build a solution with Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp), you will require more servers—and more servers mean higher electricity bills and hardware maintenance costs. Considering the vast difference in server numbers, you will also need bigger server rooms, which require more significant temperature control systems.

It Costs Less to Install and Manage Software That’s Easy to Use.

There is also the ease-of-use factor. For example, since Parallels Remote Application Server is much easier to set up and use, your IT team will be able to build and maintain the system in a much shorter time, without needing any specialized training.

Citrix Costs – Crunching the Numbers.

We recommend you read the paper, “Save 60% on your Citrix Costs” for more detailed information about the operational, financial, and other gains your business can benefit from when using Parallels Remote Application Server instead of Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) as an application and virtual desktop delivery solution.

Just in case you can’t read the white paper, we’ve prepared a comparison chart (Table 1, below) to highlight the differences of the initial and running costs of a 150- and 500-application and virtual desktop solution with both Parallels Remote Application Server and Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp).

To learn more, download the full version of the white paper, “Switch to Parallels Remote Application Server and Save 60% Compared to Citrix XenApp.”

150-User Setup Cost Per Item Parallels Cost Per Item Citrix

Hardware

User Density per Server 63 38
User Servers Required 3 4
User Servers Cost $1,748.81 $5,246.43 $1,748.81 $6,995.24
Core Setup Servers Cost $869 $4,345.00 $869 $7,821.00

Software

150-User License $99.99 $14,998.00 $370 $55,000.00
Software Maintenance Costs for 3 Years $19 per user per year $8,550.00 $45 per user + $2,250 per NetScaler VA per year $33,750.00
Total Expense over 3 Years $33,139.43 $103,556.24
500-User Setup Cost Per Item Parallels Cost Per Item Citrix

Hardware

User Density per Server 63 38
User Servers Required 8 14
User Servers Cost $1,748.81 $13,990.48 $1,748.81 $24,483.34
Core Setup Servers Cost $4,345.00 $7,821.00

Software

500-User License $99.99 $49,995.00 $370 $185,000.00
Software Maintenance Costs for 3 Years $19 per user per year $28,500.00 $45 per user + $2,250 per NetScaler VA per year $81,000.00
Total Expense over 3 Years $96,830.48 $298,304.34

Chart Legend

User Density per Server

This row shows how many users each application/terminal server can handle simultaneously. The more efficient the software is, the more users you can fit on the same server, thus allowing you to save on hardware, maintenance, and electricity costs.

User Servers Required

User servers are the servers that host the published applications and where users will be logging in to access the published applications.

User Servers Cost

To calculate the price of these servers, we used the pricing from Dell. We are not affiliated with Dell and are merely using it as an indication of the typical market value for this type of server. The requirements we need are:

The price of each server is $1,748.81. For more information, please refer to the following server page.

Core Setup Servers Required

Core setup servers are the servers on which Parallels Remote Application Server or Citrix Virtual Apps (formerly Citrix XenApp) will be installed.

Core Setup Servers Cost

To calculate the price of these servers, we used the pricing from Dell. Again, we are not affiliated with Dell and are merely using this pricing as an indication of the typical market value for this type of server. The requirements we need are:

The price of each server is $869. For more information, please refer to the following server page.

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References

Citrix Costs: Citrix Virtualization Licensing, Pricing and Features Mini Guide | Computer Weekly

Citrix Costs: Citrix XenServer and Essentials Licensing, Pricing ExplainedTech Target

Citrix Costs: What is the Cost of Citrix XenApp License?Quora