Gartner Research

Can Windows Server 2012's RemoteApp Replace Citrix XenApp?

Published: 18 March 2013

ID: G00247700

Analyst(s): Gunnar Berger


Microsoft has been adding to the underlying Remote Desktop Services platform that Citrix's XenApp runs on. However, are these improvements enough to displace Citrix's position in server-based computing? This assessment arms IT decision makers with the information they need to make this decision.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • End-User Experience
  • Management
  • Security


  • End-User Experience
    • Device Independence and Application Accessibility
    • Protocol Performance
    • User Learning Curve
    • Scanner Support
    • Webcam Support
    • Multimonitor Support
    • Session Resize
    • 3D Support
    • Clipboard Support
    • Client Drive Mapping
    • USB Support
    • Unified Communications
  • Management
    • Scalability
    • Complexity
    • Load Balancing
    • Profile Management
    • Printing
    • Monitoring
    • Application Compatibility
    • QoS Support
  • Security
    • Endpoint Security
    • Multifactor Authentication
    • Secure Protocol
    • Security Logging and Auditing of Administrative Actions
    • Role-Based Access Controls
    • Content Redirection Control
    • Session Limits
  • Consider Alternative Technologies to Solve the Mobility Issue
  • Organizations on Tight Budgets Should Consider RemoteApp
  • Organizations on Limited-Bandwidth or Highly Latent Networks Should Consider XenApp
  • Organizations That Simply Need to Publish a Windows Application and Have It Used on a Windows Endpoint Should Consider RemoteApp
  • Organizations Looking to Deploy Non-Microsoft-Based Unified Communication Solutions Should Use XenApp
  • Organizations That Need to Track Location-Aware User Activity Should Use XenApp
  • Be Wary of Third-Party Features That Increase Cost

The Details

  • Application Virtualization
  • User Profile Management
  • Monitoring
  • Architecture

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