Choosing a VDI Solution: Why Citrix Beats VMware

Many organizations turn to VDI to support initiatives for mobility and bring-your-own device (BYOD) – or just simply to improve IT efficiency. What are your reasons for exploring a VDI solution? As you explore your options, consider these reasons to choose Citrix XenDesktop over VMware Horizon View. The choice you select will define the business you drive.

1. XenDesktop provides a better Windows app experience on mobile devices

Mobile is becoming increasingly important and will continue to over time. In order for employees work productively, they must have anywhere access to their apps. While VMware Horizon View does little to extend the value of VDI to mobile devices, Citrix XenDesktop is designed specifically to deliver a great VDI experience on any device people use. Citrix also recognizes the need to sometimes utilize a single app rather than a full desktop – this is why they host apps independently from the desktop. VMware does not provide capabilities to move beyond traditional VDI.

2. XenDesktop VDI supports heavy 3D applications

VDI makes it possible to give users realtime access to professional 3D graphics and CAD/CAM applications. XenDesktop leads the way in the virtual delivery of 3D professional graphics applications and workstations. VMware Horizon View is not designed for heavy 3D apps such as CAD/CAM, and even VMware does not recommend using Horizon View for this use case.

3. XenDesktop supports client-side rendering to optimize performance

The VDI in Horizon View renders everything at the datacenter rather than the endpoint and causes process-related issues. However, XenDesktop’s technology dynamically adapts to render server-side or client-side depending on what is the most optimal option given the data.

4. XenDesktop optimizes network performance

The PCoIP protocol at the heart of Horizon View is based on a simplistic approach to VDI: all rendering takes place in the datacenter and none on the endpoint, which is assumed to be a thin client. This makes it impossible to leverage resources on endpoints that aren’t thin clients to optimize performance, in particular for video and graphics apps. Unlike Horizon View, XenDesktop detects the resources available on the endpoint, then dynamically adapts to server-side or client-side rendering to ensure optimal performance for multimedia content including Flash, Windows Media, and AVI multimedia playback.

5. XenDesktop saves time – and money

A key benefit of VDI is that it simplifies IT and increases efficiency through centralization. Customers find VMware complicated and slow to update, especially with larger VDI deployments. To reduce complexity, Horizon View customers often settle for provisioning desktops from a resource pool that provides a clean virtual desktop each time a user connects. XenDesktop customers don’t have to choose between the IT benefits of pooled VDI and the user benefits of a personalized experience. Citrix Personal vDisk (PvD) technology makes it possible for users to apply customizations that persist between desktop sessions so each time they access their virtual desktop, they can work within the same app environment. This helps customers manage even large deployments more efficiently while reducing complexity and the cost of virtual storage.

Now that you know the essentials, would it lead you to purchase XenDesktop over VMware Horizon View?