Published Applications Throwdown: VMware Horizon 6 vs. Citrix XenApp 7.5

It looks like with the new VMware Horizon 6 announcement offering, VMware is working with Microsoft to offer features tightly integrated with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. This will allow VMware Horizon 6 to offer published application delivery. While VMware’s offering has a lot of work to do with features that make XenApp still the superior product, VMware could quickly become a tough competitor in a space that Citrix has dominated in. 




Citrix XenApp 7.5 Pros:

  • Over 20 years in this space
  • Continuous Innovation with all of XenApp predecessors: WinFrame, MetaFrame, and Presentation Server
  • Considered the standard for Enterprise Application Virtualization

VMware Horizon 6 Pros:

  • Microsoft's involvement in VMware's published application delivery
  • VMware is the hypervisor of choice for Enterprise Virtualization
  • Citrix clients will have a tough time migrating from XenApp 6.5 to 7.5 while Horizon 6 installs on top of XenApp, gathers what it needs and removes XenApp

It’s nice to see some competition here and it will likely be a few years, but it can only make Application Virtualization better. Can’t wait to see what happens!

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