A complete guide to XenApp and XenDesktop vs. Horizon

Last updated:October 2016

Editor's note

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. 

1VMware 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.

2How 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.