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« on: October 02, 2009, 09:58:16 AM »

If anyone has some solid experience with Citrix (any/all products) I'd love a little time from you - looks like I'm going to need to come up to speed on the possibilities/capabilities, scoping and scaling rather quickly.

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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2009, 12:27:59 PM »

Have really only used MetaFrame and that was in the early '00s.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2009, 05:38:39 PM »

aria updating like we thought they might?
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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2009, 06:53:14 PM »

Actually, they are rather, "well, what do you want to do?" but Citrix is their poison of choice. Given my initial assessment of needs, desires and flash points, I think it's considerably more viable than the 3-location mirrored hootenanny that they initially proposed.

Why ... you gottum citrix knowings?
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« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2009, 07:33:35 PM »

Not since the 90's.

But we are basically talking a single server with remote thin clients right?
I mean, isn't gotomypc citrix?

I think from your point of view there is not any diff though. Either the app launches as a locally installed app that talks to a db. Or it launches in a thin client, which is running the app on the server. Easier to manage the citrix version I would think. Upgrades would be one location. You still can have a full windows install on you client machines obviously.

So when you want to steal thier product, make a web version? Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2009, 11:33:55 PM »

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Not since the 90's.

LOL Ditto And a little into the early 2000s.

I've dipped into MetaFrame but only have a very high level perspective.  However, you can smell the funk of Novell-esk specialized training requirements all the way up here.  Citrix will do anything, almost, and that's not exactly a good thing IMO.  My final analysis was that its best and only advisable purpose was to service a seriously broad range of presentation mediums.  In a sense, ICA can gargle my balls - and WebTV can towel me off.

Perhaps the biggest drawback I found was performance.  The virtual machine requirements for ICA are considerable and have a rather "chunky-style" scaling profile.

But you know how itto just loves to get locked into things and a Citrix solution doesn't exactly lend itself to future flexibility.  Also have you looked at cost?  It's hefty.  I'd also prepare for some $200-$300 per hour specialist to Citrix-save you in a time of catastrophic failure (think IDM Securities and that Novell expert we hired a "few" Wink years ago).  The cost, architectural rigidity, and frightening depth of esoteric knowledge required to man the Citrix ship would cause me to run for the hills.

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