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EUC Acquisitions: Citrix vs VMware

by Gunnar Berger  |  April 7, 2014  |  45 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”.
    • 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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Gunnar Berger
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Thoughts on EUC Acquisitions: Citrix vs VMware

  1. Aaron says:

    Not sure why Citrix needs to get into storage. Their focus in regards to the hypervisor differs from VMware. (That is, it’s probably fair to say that VMware won that battle against Citrix).

    Persona management – sepagoPROFILE was the profile management solution that became Citrix Profile Management. Citrix bought the product, not the company.

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