Tolly whitepaper on VMware View 4.6 Premier vs. Citrix XenDesktop 5 Platinum

Tolly whitepapers are always a good laugh. Anyway, it is still information…


As Desktop Virtualization technology matures, the latest versions of VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop represent an evolution in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solutions towards ease of management and workflow efficiency, while aiming to deliver a rich user experience that is closer to using a physical PC. VMware’s PC over Internet Protocol (PCoIP) and Citrix’s HDX technologies make advances towards delivering smoother multimedia experience comparable to a physical PC. While Citrix XenDesktop 5 introduced several improvements – such as Machine Creation Services (MCS) and Desktop Studio – for creating and managing virtual desktops, VMware View 4.6 continues to offer a significantly simpler management and administration workflow using a single management interface. In contrast XenDesktop 5 continues to require the use of multiple interfaces – Desktop Studio, Provisioning Services Console, Active Directory, etc.. Combining these usability advantages with the lower licensing costs for a 1000 user deployment, View 4.6 delivers savings in both acquisition and ongoing administration costs over XenDesktop 5.


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