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.

Citrix is an industry leader in desktop virtualization in part because of the breadth and depth of the options it provides for going beyond VDI. Users prefer XenDesktop over VMware Horizon 6 (with View) because of the superior efficiency and user experience this flexibility makes possible.

 

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  
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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.

 

XenDesktop optimizes user experience in any environment. 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
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Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon View 3D user experience
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Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon View 3D user experience

Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon View 3D graphics user experience XenDesktop and Nvidia with vGPU technology offer superior, local like 3D graphics experience.

 

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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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.

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.

image 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 that you’re spending today. Find out how much you can save with XenDesktop using this online calculator.


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