Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI): Which solution is best?

IT Central Station users review the highest reviewed solutions in the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) market.


Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) enables end users to log in to better secured, ready-to-use desktops at scale, from anywhere and on any device. Investment in VDI can facilitate expansion, while improving productivity, cost savings and scalability, particularly when delivered across a hybrid cloud. However, choosing the right solution isn’t always easy and there are many options to choose from.

Over 540,000 professionals have used IT Central Station research to inform their purchasing decisions. Their latest paper looks at the highest rated VDI vendors, profiling each and examining what they can offer enterprise.

Here’s a breakdown of the key players currently active in the market:

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Average Rating: 8.3

Top Comparison: VMware Horizon View

Overview: Provides granular access control, advanced system monitoring, and an inherently secure architecture by providing remote access to Windows and Linux apps and desktops secured in the data centre.

Citrix Workspace

Average Rating: 8.4

Top Comparison: VMware Workspace ONE

Overview: Get complete choice of device, cloud, and network, while maintaining IT security and control—even over corporate SaaS and web apps.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

Average Rating: 7.9

Top Comparison: VMware Horizon View

Overview: Provides technologies that enable users to access session-based desktops, virtual machine-based desktops, or applications in the data centre from both within a corporate network and from the Internet.

OpenText Exceed TurboX (ETX)

Average Rating: 8.0

Top Comparison: VNC Connect

Overview: Offers unrivalled pixel-perfect drawing and precise colour rendering,

increasing productivity and the quality of work.

Parallels Remote Server Application (RAS)

Average Rating:  10

Top Comparison: Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

Overview: Delivers applications, data and virtual desktops from a central location, providing continuous availability, resource-based load-balancing and complete network transparency.

VMware Fusion

Average Rating: 8.0

Top Comparison: Parallels Desktop

Overview: Allows Intel-based Macs to run operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Linux, NetWare, or Solaris on virtual machines, along with their Mac OS X operating system using a combination of paravirtualisation, hardware virtualisation and dynamic recompilation.

VMware Horizon 7

Average Rating: 8.1

Top Comparison: VMware Workspace ONE

Overview: Allows IT to deliver virtual or RDSH published desktops and applications through a single platform to end users.

VMware Horizon Cloud

Average Rating: 8.3

Top Comparison: Citrix Workspace

Overview: Delivers feature-rich virtual desktops and applications using a purpose-built cloud platform that is scalable across multiple deployment options, including fully managed infrastructure from VMware, public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft Azure, or on-premises HCI.

VMware Horizon View

Average Rating: 7.7

Top Comparison: Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

Overview: A VDI solution that provides users with virtual and mobile desktop management, flexible access, an optimal end-user experience and cloud computing.

VMware Workstation

Average Rating: 9.0

Top Comparison: Hyper-V

Overview: Takes desktop virtualisation to the next level by giving users an unmatched operating system support, rich user experience and incredible performance.

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