Citrix XenDesktop vs.
VMware Horizon 6 (with View)

Virtual apps and desktops are an obvious option for supporting BYOD, enabling secure remote access, or transforming an organization’s PC refresh strategy. This is especially true for organizations using VMware vSphere for server virtualization, who may turn to VMware Horizon View as part of a single vendor strategy. This approach often backfires, though, as Horizon View’s inadequate solution and lowest common denominator approach to computing impairs the user experience, causes headaches for IT, and fails to meet key business requirements by delivering only basic capabilities to customers.

XenDesktop is the industry leader in desktop and app virtualization delivering the only complete solution mobilizing Windows apps and desktops for any use case. XenDesktop on the unified FMA platform is the only solution that is FIPS-compliant and on the Common Criteria evaluation list to meet the highest security standards of regulated industries.

 

XenDesktop is the most complete desktop and app virtualization platform.

 

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VMware

Access to virtual desktops (VDI & HSD)
Access to virtual (published) applications

Seamless Integration with Fat Clients

 

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VMware

Instant application launch with Session Pre-Launch and Lingering  
Native application launch experience with redirected file type associations  
Integration of virtualized Windows Apps as well as SaaS/Web Apps into the Start Menu  
Support for Windows Aero features such as App Switching and Application Peak  
Seamless access to local applications from within VDI or Host shared desktop sessions  
Broad peripheral support (e.g. USB, COM, LPT, webcams, microphones, client drives, etc) Very Limited

Simplicity

 

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HDX™ Mobile optimizes Windows apps for mobile touch screen environments
Interact natively with Windows apps from iOS based devices by means of the Citrix X1 mouse  
Automated client configuration based on the user’s email address  
Auto selection of best connection path with StoreFront Beacons and NetScaler Gateway Optimal Routing  
Simple and consistent user experience on any device Limited
Customizable user interface for corporate branding and messaging, legal acceptance popups, application request and approval workflows  
Automated deployment of user interface changes to all Citrix Receiver clients  
Extending the value of Chromebooks by providing users with functionality they expect, like key combinations, USB redirection, printing and file transfer  
Support for anonymous user sessions for kiosk and hot-desk use cases  

Performance

 

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HDX 3D Pro™ performance optimization for 2D and 3D graphics, design, and engineering apps Limited to VDI
Optimized session performance even on long distance, limited bandwidth, high latency WAN connections with HDX™ Limited
Near-native app performance on networks with high-latency and high-packet loss with HDX with Framehawk  
Integration with WAN optimization appliances (CloudBridge) for up to 80% less network traffic  
Driver-less and hassle-free printing from any device and with minimal bandwidth consumption Limited
Unified Communications optimization reduces latency with local voice and video media processing Limited to VDI
Citrix XenApp vs VMware Horizon View - User Experience
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Citrix XenApp vs VMware Horizon View - User Experience

Compare the user experience in XenApp and VMware Horizon when starting an application, printing a document and copying a file to a USB drive.

Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon View - HTML5-based Access
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Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon View - HTML5-based Access

In this video the HTML5 capabilities of Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon View are discussed.

What if your app virtualization solution didn't have client mics?
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What if your app virtualization solution didn't have client mics?

VMware's latest release of Horizon apps lacks the "no-brainer" features that are built into Citrix XenApp. Watch Brian Madden and crew show you what life is like for admins and end users with Horizon.

XenDesktop with NetScaler keeps corporate apps and data secure. VMware Horizon 6 (with View) provides limited security.

 

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VMware

Built-in gateway for remote access
Secure Remote Access from any network by using standard SSL for all network traffic  
High security with multi-factor authentication, and activity logging for compliance support
Session Recording for compliance and advanced troubleshooting  
FIPS and Common Criteria Certified  
SmartAccess™ fine-grained context-aware policy controls for scenario-based access restrictions from virtual applications and client resources  
Content-aware, granular controls for clipboard mapping  
Integrated enterprise grade SSL VPN solution  
How Citrix SmartAccess Provides Better Security
Learn why SmartAccess is superior to the competition.
What if your app virtualization solution didn't support location based security?
What if your app virtualization solution didn't support location based security?

VMware's latest release of Horizon apps lacks the "no-brainer" features that are built into Citrix XenApp. Watch the videos below where Brian Madden and crew show you what life is like for admins and end users with Horizon.

XenDesktop makes management of virtual apps and desktops as well as user sessions a breeze. VMware Horizon 6 (with View) provides limited management capabilities.

 

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VMware

Highly available controller infrastructure and automated failover capabilities

Flexibility

 

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VMware

Broad platform support for XenServer, Hyper-V,  vSphere, Amazon AWS, and CloudPlatform with automated VM provisioning as well as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and physical systems with manual provisioning Limited to vSphere
Simple to deploy with 5 min setup and easy-to-use Studio™ console  
Built-in user profile management for desktops and servers Limited
Centralized license management for concurrent user license sharing, usage tracking and simplified Disaster Recovery  
Ability to host and publish any application (16, 32 and 64 bit / incompatible with server OS) by means of VM-Hosted Apps  
Support for applications that use a loopback address for inter-process communication (Virtual IP Loopback)  
Secure remote access to physical desktop PCs (RemotePC) with Wake-on-LAN support  
Repurpose of legacy PCs with Receiver Desktop Lock  

Scalability

 

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VMware

Enterprise scalability for 100,000+ users and 1,000 servers Not proven
NetScaler load-balancing (optional) for 99.999% high availability  
Intelligent User Load Balancing considering utilization of CPU, Memory and Disk  
Support for modular / globally distributed infrastructures for desktops and apps Limited
User Load Throttling to prevent black hole effects caused by logon storms  
App folder visualization for large app collections  

Support and Monitoring

 

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VMware

Built-in end-user support console for efficient incident handling (incl. historical performance trending) Limited
Application usage statistics and trending Separate
Hotfix inventory for simplified troubleshooting  
Integrated real-time network level monitoring and trending with HDX Insight  
Best practice analysis, security recommendations, diagnostics and issue resolution by means of Citrix Insight Services  

Systems and Application Management

 

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VMware

Built-in image management for desktops and servers (physical and virtual) Limited
Reduction of the I/O footprint of virtual desktops / servers by over 90% with PVS  
Integrated application compatibility and interoperability testing, dependency discovery and image validation with AppDNA  
Sophisticated VM Power Management for increased power efficiency (desktops / servers) Limited
Integration of Microsoft App-V for centralized application delivery management  
Integration with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager for application management and publishing  
Flexible and non-disruptive infrastructure upgrades and N +/- 1 major version support  
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Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware View - Monitoring and Support
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Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware View - Monitoring and Support

Integrated help desk tools are important for all virtual desktop deployments. By providing detailed information about a user's session help desk staff can work more effectively and user satisfaction increases. In this video the the monitoring and support capabilities of Citrix XenDesktop and VMware View are compared.

Citrix XenDesktop vs VMWare View - Image Management
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Citrix XenDesktop vs VMWare View - Image Management

Being able to roll out new applications or patches to virtual desktops is vital for every organization. Within this video we'll compare the time required for rolling out Microsoft Office 2013 to three virtual desktops, by means of Citrix Provisioning Services and the VMWare Horizon View Composer.

Citrix XenDesktop vs. VMware Horizon View - Install Comparison
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Citrix XenDesktop vs. VMware Horizon View - Install Comparison

In this video we show a timed comparison between XenDesktop and VMware Horizon View. This test involves installing both platforms, configuring them, and delivering 3 desktops.

Reduce the cost of desktop management with XenDesktop
Demands on IT are increasing, corporate budgets are getting tighter, and you are being forced to deliver more value with fewer resources. App and desktop virtualization with XenDesktop can simplify IT management, increase workforce productivity and deliver more business value for less than you’re spending today. Find out how much you can save with XenDesktop using this online calculator.

 

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