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May 2014, Volume 3, Issue 5

VMware and Citrix put gloves on, customers prep for winning products

After 17 long years, VMware and Citrix are finally bringing some much-needed competition to the application delivery market. I've been working in IT since 1995, and I was involved with my first Citrix project in 1997, running Citrix WinFrame, for those old enough to remember that product. One of the interesting things about the Terminal Server/Citrix application delivery market is that Citrix has always had a monopoly. Sure, smaller competitors such as New Moon (now ProPalms), Provision IT (now Dell vWorkspace) and 2X popped up over the years, but when it came to Terminal Server-based session hosting, Citrix owned more than 95% of the market. (Citrix WinFrame became MetaFrame, then Presentation Server, and finally XenApp.) In 2006, VMware entered the market with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and Citrix responded by creating XenDesktop. But VDI deployments never gained more than 2% or 3% enterprise desktop market share, with the remaining 97% or so using setups based on Terminal Server/Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) ...

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