Citrix Workspace vs. VMware Workspace One e-book
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12 ways Citrix Workspace outperforms VMware Workspace ONE

Your digital workspace solution should do more than just help your employees get work done—it should empower them to do their best work. Whenever. Wherever. And in any way they want.

Simplicity, flexibility, and ease of use should be a given. But the reality is that not every vendor can deliver a solution that gives your employees the experience they want.

If you’re looking for a new workspace solution, chances are you’re comparing Citrix Workspace and VMware Workspace ONE. To help you decide, here are 12 ways, in three key areas, that Citrix Workspace can help you achieve more.

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Citrix vs VMware: User experience and productivity

Citrix Workspace can help you improve the employee experience, boost productivity, and foster stronger engagement by organizing, guiding, and automating everyday tasks so people can focus on doing their best work.

  • Organize: Deliver secure access to all the information, apps, and content relevant to a person’s role, all in one place.
  • Guide:  Reduce noise and distractions with streamlined workflows and personalized feeds—so people can focus on what's most important.
  • Automate: Leverage machine learning to automate routine tasks and reduce busywork.

1. Intelligent experience

CITRIX WORKSPACE

Applications, files, actionable notifications, and insights integrate into a unified, context-aware user front end that is accessible from all devices. Citrix Workspace provides a single experience for employees to get work done quickly and efficiently.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

VMware users have to use multiple tools to access their files and apps. VMware does not provide a unified newsfeed, actionable insights, or microapps.

2. Performance across constrained networks

CITRIX WORKSPACE

SD-WAN technology delivers the optimum application-specific path across available networks. The Citrix HDX protocol preserves the user experience under poor conditions, even for applications like Skype and Teams.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

VMware users see their productivity negatively impacted while waiting for files to load or the screen content to fully render, and they suffer from poor text and image quality.

3. Integration with Microsoft Office

CITRIX WORKSPACE

Mobile users can seamlessly open Office files attached to Citrix Secure Mail and cut, copy, and paste into other mobile apps. Citrix file sync and sharing technology integrates with Microsoft Teams.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

Mobile users need multiple steps to open Office files attached to their VMware Boxer email and to copy/paste content. VMware’s Content Locker for file syncing and sharing does not integrate with Microsoft Teams.

4. Content collaboration

CITRIX WORKSPACE

Citrix users collaborate simply and more efficiently, regardless of location, device, and whether sharing documents with coworkers or external parties. Power users create custom workflows via a drag-and-drop wizard.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

Collaboration is limited to syncing files back and forth, with no live editing. VMware has no support for workflows weakens security, and development resources are required to replicate paper forms.

02

Citrix vs VMware: Cloud transformation and management

 

The more choices you have, the more confidence you can have that you will be able to complete your cloud transformation successfully.

That means flexibility to adopt any combination of on-premises, public, and private cloud delivery models. You can support whatever mobile devices your users prefer, allow them to work in more places. Cloud transformation and management provide more locations for them to store and access their work files and enable them to collaborate seamlessly with colleagues.

But choices can’t come at the cost of control. You need to be able to manage users, devices, data, workloads, and networks centrally, so you’ll modernize while maximizing your existing investments.

1. Unified management

CITRIX WORKSPACE

Citrix digital workspaces may be deployed on premises or on public, private, or hybrid clouds—all managed through a single pane of glass.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

Each component of Workspace ONE has a separate management console, decreasing efficiency and making troubleshooting more complex.

2. VDI platform support

CITRIX WORKSPACE

A Citrix virtual desktop infrastructure can be hosted on any hypervisor, cloud, or physical platform; choosing the most cost-effective platform reduces operational cost.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

VMware supports limited virtualization platforms, with inconsistent features and capabilities. Limited flexibility prevents companies from transforming the business quickly or efficiently.

3. Device support & application protection

CITRIX WORKSPACE

Citrix supports any device OS, along with choice of containerization and mobile device management platforms, maximizes flexibility for protecting applications. A unique mVPN and bridgeless integration with Microsoft EMS/Intune and Office 365 deliver the best experience, with high security.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

VMware security concerns limit end users’ options for devices and applications. Lack of mVPN and no bridgeless integration with Intune MAM mean greater risk for organizations with mobile Office 365 users.

4. Better management

CITRIX WORKSPACE

Proactive service availability monitoring, more efficient user incident handling, extensive historic reporting, and agile management of any application are just a few of the unique capabilities that make workspace management with Citrix more efficient.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

VMware provides only basic insights into user sessions, limited reporting, and no service monitoring. App management requires complex infrastructure and cannot handle all applications.

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Citrix vs VMware: Security and compliance

Your security teams need to protect corporate data assets while devices connect from anywhere, including over public networks.

The security concerns are partially addressed by use of virtual desktops, which keep the applications and data in the data center. But only partially. Workers still need to access SaaS applications. They could visit security and compliance insecure websites. And the security model must account for risky behaviors such as copying sensitive files onto removable drives or opening phishing emails that can expose your business to potential data breaches or other compliance risks.

The old approach of securing the perimeter has given way to the need to ensure end-toned security. That means protecting apps and data and controlling user access while supporting a growing number of devices and services.

1. App protection

CITRIX WORKSPACE

Citrix protects SaaS, Web, Windows, and Linux apps from keylogging and screen-capturing malware that could steal potentially sensitive data.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

VMware doesn't protect against keylogging or screen-capture.

2. Cloud application security

CITRIX WORKSPACE

With Citrix Workspace security teams can block access to unsanctioned SaaS apps and the Internet and protect sensitive data from actions such as copy/paste or download. A hardened browser protects against malware, data loss, and end-user behavior, while the web filter controls website access.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

VMware has limited cloud application security means that security conscious organizations need to adopt third-party solutions, increasing cost and complexity. With no copy/paste restrictions or watermarking, sensitive data can be exfiltrated from SaaS apps.

3. User behavior analytics

CITRIX WORKSPACE

Citrix Analytics for Security uniquely aggregates and correlates user interaction with applications, devices, networks, and data to proactively identify and manage internal and external threats.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

VMware has Limited analytics primarily focus on security of devices enrolled to AirWatch and self-developed mobile applications.

4. Security model

CITRIX WORKSPACE

Citrix uses a risk-based security model uses scoring to dynamically balance users' needs for rapid access to data with IT's need to protect and govern the environment.

VMWARE WORKSPACE ONE

In the absence of machine learning and scoring in VMware, administrators must define static thresholds, which are inflexible and error prone.

While many solutions, like VMware Workspace ONE, promise to improve productivity or engagement, only Citrix Workspace can help you transform the employee experience and unlock the full potential of your people.