Citrix and VMware are the top dogs in the VDI market. The two have been competing for years now and constantly work to one-up one another. As a result, it can be hard to know the truth about each company's desktop virtualization product.
This guide has IT covered with an in-depth look at XenApp and XenDesktop vs. Horizon. On the Citrix front, get information on what's new in the latest versions, key security features and more. Also, take a look at VMware Horizon's profile management tools and Instant Clone technology. Finally, learn more about both companies' cloud-based VDI offerings.
1Explore XenApp and XenDesktop-
Everything IT must know about XenApp and XenDesktop
Citrix's XenApp and XenDesktop are the company's application and desktop virtualization tools, respectively. XenDesktop delivers complete virtual desktops to users and XenApp delivers specific resources. Find out how to update to the latest version of each tool, what AppDisk is and much more.
Citrix and Microsoft brought Azure Resource Manager (ARM) to XenApp and XenDesktop in Citrix Cloud. ARM strengthens integration with Microsoft's Azure cloud service and allows admins to create machine catalogs -- a set of virtual machines admins can manage as one entity. Continue Reading
Citrix Secure Browser isn't revolutionary, but it provides clientless, secure access to web applications, which could be useful for travelers or users who want to access internal apps without a virtual private network. Continue Reading
2Closer look at VMware Horizon-
VMware Horizon in the spotlight
VMware's answer to Citrix's XenApp and XenDesktop virtualization tools is Horizon. VDI shops can use Horizon to deliver virtual desktops, apps and resources to users from a single platform. It also includes Instant Clone technology, which allows admins to rapidly make copies of virtual machines (VMs), as well as App Volumes, which is layering software admins can use to group certain apps together. Read on to learn more about Horizon.
VMware's View Persona Management and Citrix's User Profile Management tools both improve on Windows roaming profiles, but they aren't the same. Continue Reading
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3Citrix and VMware in the cloud-
How Citrix and VMware tackle cloud-based desktops
Many organizations are considering cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications. Moving VDI to the cloud can save organizations on upfront hardware and management costs. In addition, it makes life easier for IT because it offloads many tasks to the cloud provider. Citrix and VMware both offer cloud-based desktop delivery and management products. Compare Citrix Cloud with VMware's Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode, included in the company's Workspace One suite.
4Terms to know-
Keywords IT must understand
A compilation of important definitions relating to VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.