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.
The Citrix-Microsoft alliance got a boost at Synergy 2016; XenDesktop 7.9 now supports Windows 10 desktop as a service, among other new features. Continue Reading
Picking a VDI vendor is not easy. Find out which Citrix XenDesktop features make it a fit for organizations with mobile workers or graphics-intensive apps. Continue Reading
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
Citrix AppDisk, which is available in all editions of XenApp and XenDesktop, gives IT a way to deliver applications separately from base images. Continue Reading
Learn some tips, tricks and tools to make the process of moving virtual machines from one set of XenDesktop servers to another a little easier. For example, hardware upgrades are unavoidable and necessary. Continue Reading
Citrix XenDesktop Platinum shops can use Microsoft System Center Operations Manager management packs to monitor VDI. Continue Reading
Citrix XenDesktop shops can use the SmartAccess feature to run endpoint and location analysis before granting users access to virtual desktops and applications. Continue Reading
Citrix HDX is a collection of technologies that serve as Citrix's remote display protocol. It uses data deduplication to reduce network traffic, provides a native mobile experience to users and more. Continue Reading
XenDesktop shops can choose between Citrix Provisioning Services and Machine Creation Services to manage a virtual app and desktop deployment. But what separates the two? 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.
The upgrade process for VMware Horizon View 7 isn't much different from previous versions, but there is a lot to keep in mind as admins plan. Continue Reading
VMware Horizon 7 includes the company's own remote display protocol called Blast Extreme, which the company says can match the performance of PC over IP, as well as a new rapid VM cloning feature. Continue Reading
Discover how VMware App Volumes works and which vSphere components team up to support this app layering technology. Continue Reading
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
After adding app layering to its portfolio in 2015, VMware addressed some of the product's shortcomings with new features in version 3.0 of VMware App Volumes. Continue Reading
VMware's virtual desktop provisioning feature, Instant Clone, is a feature in Horizon View that can help IT smooth out VDI performance. Continue Reading
VMware Horizon 7 includes a number of features that help improve the delivery process for personalized desktop and application services, including Instant Clone and Blast Extreme. Continue Reading
The Smart Policies feature in Horizon 7 boosts security by allowing admins to disable certain features for any users outside of a secure network. Continue Reading
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.
XenApp and XenDesktop have been around a lot longer, but Citrix Cloud includes the same capabilities and adds enterprise mobility management from the cloud. Continue Reading
With Citrix Cloud, IT can manage users' virtual desktops, applications and mobile workspaces from a single cloud-based interface. Take this quiz to see how well you know Citrix Cloud. Continue Reading
VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode, formerly Project Enzo, competes with Citrix Cloud and could help nudge admins toward cloud-based desktops. Continue Reading
VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode combines hyper-converged infrastructure and desktop as a service to simplify virtual desktop management. Uncover how the product works, including which components are on-premises. Continue Reading
VMware Workspace One combines the company's enterprise mobility management, user authentication and cloud-based desktop offerings to provide a consumer experience for users and to simplify management for IT. Continue Reading
4Terms to know-
Keywords IT must understand
A compilation of important definitions relating to VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.