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PCoIP vs. ICA/HDX: Oslo, Norway to New Jersey, USA

by Chris Wolf  |  October 21, 2010  |  Comments Off on PCoIP vs. ICA/HDX: Oslo, Norway to New Jersey, USA

This is the last post in my series “PCoIP vs. ICA/HDX: A Simple Experiment.” As a final test, I connected to my VMware View and Citrix XenDesktop environments from my hotel in Oslo, Norway.

I considered myself pretty lucky. For the last test, the conditions were pretty extreme. I consistently measured 405 ms of latency to my office lab, and bandwidth was low as well. My netperf tests yielded a point-to-point bandwidth of 131 Kbps.

Let’s start with VMware View. It took me three tries to complete a video of the test actions. On the first two occasions, my connection dropped. I’m not sure if the issue was due to the unreliability of the network connection or PCoIP’s ability to handle the very high latency. However, I did not experience similar problems while using ICA/HDX. As you can see from the video below, once I loaded an application, text entry was OK. However, user experience was far from ideal.

PCoIP over 405 ms latency

I wouldn’t call my experience with ICA/HDX outstanding, but as you can see from the video below, performance was substantially better. Text entry was responsive and menu navigation wasn’t perfect, but still performed really well considering the high latency. Here’s the video of my XenDesktop experience.

ICA/HDX over 405 ms latency

What do you think? Have you experienced similar or better results under similar conditions?

Category: client-virtualization  

Tags: citrix  vmware  vmworld  

Chris Wolf
Research VP
6 years at Gartner
19 years IT industry

Chris Wolf is a Research Vice President for the Gartner for Technical Professionals research team. He covers server and client virtualization and private cloud computing. Read Full Bio

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