Citrix wins VDI faceoff

VMware, Microsoft score high in test of hosted VDI

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We compared hosted VDI software from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Oracle and Ericom and came to many conclusions, but the most important one is this: Setting up hosted desktop sessions in a BYOD world is a complex undertaking. (Read the story version.)

Citrix's VDI-in-a-Box

Our Clear Choice Test winner is Citrix's VDI-in-a-Box for its ease of integration, variety of clients, and its end-user experience.

Horizon View

Horizon View had stellar customization possibilities and a very good client experience. We believe it could grow well for organizations needing a large VDI infrastructure. After a sophisticated installation, we found that Horizon View works -- it's very lovely and rich and extensible.

Microsoft RDS

There is no real heterogeneity in Microsoft's offering; it's Windows or the third-party highway. Our RDS server-hosted sessions were easily accessible. Hosted VDI instances were customizable and crystal clear and finger-snapping fast, and the overall installation was both easy and predictable.

Ericom's PowerTerm WebConnect

Ericom's PowerTerm WebConnect is a very astute and customizable VDI brokerage system. As such, it doesn't have the low-level integration with Active Directory that VDI-in-a-Box and Horizon View does. We needed to craft images and instances almost wholly outside of what PTWC does.

Oracle's VDI

Oracle's VDI is seemingly endlessly extensible, but doesn't have the client-side pizazz and incredible device compatibility of either Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, or the dogged security and PCoIP sauce that VMware's Horizon View offers. However, unlike each of these, it's not chained to Microsoft's Windows, but does a respectable job with Windows.