Citrix XenDesktop vs. VMware Horizon 6 (with View)

People often perceive the difference between XenDesktop and VMware Horizon™ 6 (with View) in terms of the scope of their capabilities. VMware Horizon 6 (with View) is a one-size-fits-all solution designed to deliver VDI and nothing else. XenDesktop takes a broader, more flexible approach to desktop virtualization, acknowledging the considerable benefits for both users and IT of delivering desktops and apps in the right way for each use case.

This is accurate as far as IT goes. Citrix is an award-winning industry leader in desktop virtualization in part because of the breadth and depth of the options it provides for going beyond VDI, as underscored in the latest IDC MarketScape report. Users prefer XenDesktop over VMware Horizon 6 (with View) because of the superior efficiency and user experience this flexibility makes possible. See why IDC placed Citrix in the Leaders category after assessing all vendors in the desktop virtualization marketplace. Compare XenDesktop to VMware Horizon 6 (with View):


XenDesktop provides comprehensive desktop virtualization for any use case – VMware only delivers VDI

Feature

Citrix

VMware

XenApp published apps for secure access to 5 generations of Windows apps on any device  
XenApp published desktops for maximum IT control and lowest cost  
VDI desktops for maximum personalization
VDI w/Personal vDisk for maximum personalization with single image management  
Hosted physical desktops when hypervisors aren’t required  
Remote PC access for secure, direct connections to office PCs  
Offline client virtualization for disconnected user requirements  


XenDesktop optimizes user experience in any environment – VMware Horizon 6 (with View) is limited

Feature

Citrix

VMware

HDX™ user experience optimization for multimedia redirection, collaboration, and USB peripherals Limited
HDX 3D Pro™ performance optimization for 2D and 3D graphics, design, and engineering apps Limited
HDX™ Mobile optimizes Windows apps for mobile touch screen environments  
WAN optimized networking for long distance, limited bandwidth, high latency connections Limited
Unified Communications optimization reduces latency with local voice and video media processing


XenDesktop simplifies IT support for BYO devices – VMware lacks user self-service

Feature

Citrix

VMware

Any device access with “follow-me apps” from over a billion devices including Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android or any HTML5-enabled browser
Enterprise app store for user self-service selection of authorized apps  
Universal Printing services delivers a bandwidth optimized, print-anywhere solution eliminating the need for native drivers
Support for 16-, 32-, 64-bit apps on WS 2008R2/ 2012R2 and WinXP/7/8  

 

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

Feature

Citrix

VMware

Centrally secured desktop in the datacenter delivered to any device
Centrally secured apps in the datacenter delivered to any device  
High security with multi-factor authentication, and activity logging for compliance support Limited
SmartAccess™ fine-grained context-based policy controls for scenario-based access restrictions  
ShareFile integration for optimized on-demand, on or off-premises data sync and sharing (ShareFile purchased separately)  


XenDesktop makes scalability affordable – VMware makes you choose between cost and capability

Feature

Citrix

VMware

Simple to deploy with 5 min setup and easy-to-use Studio™ console  
Simplify operations with DirectorTM helpdesk console and built-in EdgeSight performance analytics  
High availability architecture assures that users can always get a login regardless of maintenance or unplanned outages
Hybrid Cloud Provisioning seamlessly flex or grow from the datacenter to nearly any public cloud  
Automated app and desktop thin provisioning - storage optimized single image management Separate
Microsoft AppV integration  automatically provisions apps directly from the industry standard app virtualization technology  
Integrated Profile Management delivers personalized desktops with single image management
AppDNA™ app compatibility testing and migration tools  
Enterprise scalability for 100,000+ users and 1,000 servers Not Validated
Open Architecture permits any hypervisor, storage and 3rd party management integration  
Microsoft System Center integration streamlines operations and lifecycle management  
NetScaler load-balancing (optional) for 99.999% high availability  
Integration with NetScaler HDX Insight™ technology for end-to-end network monitoring of end user experience  
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