Citrix Desktop, What is it and why use it? | Parallels Explains!

Citrix Desktop as an IT term

citrix desktopYou’ve probably heard a few IT folks mention the term ‘Citrix Desktop’. What exactly is it? How is it different from ordinary desktops? We will talk about that and more in this post.

What exactly is Citrix Desktop?

When people use the term ‘Citrix Desktop,’ they’re normally referring to a virtual desktop delivered through the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops environment, a virtual application and desktop delivery solution formerly known as XenDesktop.

Basic functions of a Citrix Desktop

Unlike a regular desktop that runs locally on a computer, the elements of a Citrix Desktop are running on a remote host. This allows the virtual desktop to be delivered not only to PCs, but also to tablets, smartphones, thin clients, and other devices. The only requirement on the device side is that it should be running the Citrix Receiver, a piece of software responsible for managing the virtual desktop on that device.

Because a single desktop image can be used to provision virtual desktops to tens, hundreds, or even thousands of users with similar desktop requirements, it can be useful in organizations looking to support things like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and telecommuting as well as use cases involving thin clients.

Management and control

Management and control operations for Citrix Desktops are carried out in two places: Citrix Studio and Citrix Director. Citrix Studio is where you would set up, configure, and deploy virtual application and desktop environments. Citrix Directory, on the other hand, is where you would conduct administration, monitoring, and reporting.

Major issues of Citrix Desktop

Most companies who have tried using Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops will tell you this: 1) It’s extremely difficult to set up and manage, and 2) it requires a huge capital outlay. It’s not a wise investment, considering there’s a much better alternative. It’s called Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS).

Why Parallels RAS is a better alternative

Parallels RAS has all the capabilities of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops but can be purchased at a fraction of the cost. In addition, it’s much easier to install and manage. For example, if you talk about administration, Parallels RAS has only one console for setting up, configuration, deployment, administration, reporting, etc.

The Citrix infrastructure alone is many times more complex. Before you can start rolling out Citrix Desktops, you’ll need to overcome the intricacies of various components like Delivery Controllers, Studio, Director, StoreFront, NetScaler, and so on. The licensing is also very complicated.

Parallels RAS is much simpler. It’s a single product with a straightforward licensing structure.

To experience firsthand just how easy it is to deploy virtual desktops using Parallels RAS, just grab a 30-day trial for FREE.


References

Pluralsight YouTube channel | https://youtu.be/KGqyeyeaEXc

TechTarget | https://searchvirtualdesktop.techtarget.com/definition/virtual-desktop

WilkyIT | https://wilkyit.com/2017/03/05/install-xendesktopxenapp-7-13-on-windows-server-2016-standard-desktop-experience/

Reddit | https://www.reddit.com/r/Citrix/comments/6yl4cw/citrix_how_difficult_is_it_to_learn/

Ask The Architect | https://virtualfeller.com/2017/10/04/xenapp-and-xendesktop-component-architecture-poster/

Parallels | https://www.parallels.com/citrix-alternative/