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EUC Acquisitions: Citrix vs VMware

by Gunnar Berger  |  April 7, 2014  |  4 Comments

I was preparing a blog for later this week when I went on a tangent about acquisitions in the EUC space. Instead of including that in my blog I decided just to post this blog and let it be a reference for me for future conversations. I’ll try and keep this updated as things change. If I wrote something wrong please reach out to me on twitter or in the comments.

List of EUC Acquisitions made by Citrix/VMware as of April 2014.

  • Physical Endpoint Management
    • Citrix:
      • Ardence: Now Provisioning Server. Allows for a central image for a virtual or physical desktop to be PXE booted. (Single Image Management)
    • VMware
      • Wanova: The Mirage product allows for a central image and applications to be centrally managed in different “layers”.
  • MDM/MAM/MxM
    • Citrix
      • Zenprise: Now XenMobile and an MDM tool that scores well on Gartner’s MQ.
    • VMware
      • AirWatch: Another MDM that scores well on Gartner’s MQ
  • Hypervisor
    • Citrix
      • Xen Source: This is an old one but still worth pointing out that Citrix spent close to half a billion investing in Xen, created a XenServer product which is now open source.
    • VMware
      • No acquisition required, VMware pretty much created this market.
  • Storage
    • Citrix
      • None… yet… and that’s a big YET. Citrix is going to have to do something here.
    • VMware
      • Virsto: Not sure I can say this is now VSAN but I’m sure many of these technologies are making its way into the VSAN product.
  • DaaS
    • Citrix
      • None; however there are whispers about how the XenDesktop road-map will bring in multi-tenancy.
    • VMware
      • Desktone: A appliance based multitenant broker that was designed from the ground up to be cloud
  • Persona Management
    • Citrix
      • If Citrix acquired this it was too long ago for me to remember, but long story short they have it.
    • VMware
      • RTO Software: Basic persona management.
  • Application Layering
    • Citrix
      • RingCube: Allows adding a layer to an image so users can install software.
    • VMware
      • See Wanova above
  • Mobile File Sync
    • Citrix
      • ShareFile: An enterprise Dropbox/Box competitor.
    • VMware
      • VMware built a home grown MFC solution called Horizon Data (previously known as project Octopus).
  • Client Hosted Virtual Desktops
    • Citrix
      • Virtual Computer: Now called XenClient. This software lets you install VMs on an end point workstation using a client side hypervisor.
    • VMware
      • See Wanova above. Then think how that would tie in to VMware Workstation/Fusion.
  • Protocol
    • Citrix
      • FrameHawk: A protocol that works surprisingly well over terrible WAN links.
    • VMware
      • Teradici: The PCoIP protocol that drives a high end user experience over various connection times. (Important to note this is NOT an acquisition but an OEM partnership).

 

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