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VMware vs. Citrix: VDI security showdown


Compare Citrix Secure Browser against VMware's offering

Designer: Chris Seero, Linda Koury

As web-based applications and attacks increase, so does the importance of having a secure browser.

There are two main use cases for a secured browser:

  1. Proxied browsing. If organizations want their users to be able to browse the internet with a lower risk of infection on their local computers, then this is a great option.
  2. Embedded browsing. This allows IT to publish access to a URL through the local embedded browser. It enables IT to have more granular control of policies that are not normally controllable on a website.

VMware doesn't offer local or remote secure browsing, so Citrix is the winner of this round. Citrix Access Control is part of the Citrix Secure Browser offering.

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Is a secured browser important to you? Why or why not?
That is not correct because VMware has a own browser for iOS and Android called Workspace ONE Web whose DLP policies and features are managed by Workspace ONE UEM console. Web can do split/full tunneling, supports white/black lists, integrates with Websense (Forcepoint), supports local and remote SSO, and much more. Still on mobile devices, Intelligent Hub (the workspace front-end app) integrates a web browser in kiosk mode. On any OS, Workspace ONE UEM enables per-app VPN feature to let any browser connect intranet websites.
Furthermore VMware with Horizon App can publish remote apps like web browsers (Chrome, IE, Firefox, etc.) for internal/external secure browsing and user environment policies.