Application/Desktop Virtualization: The Big Three and … ?
When you think of application or desktop virtualization, you likely think about “The Big Three”: Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop, VMware Horizon View, and Microsoft Remote Desktop Services. Without a doubt, these three vendors comprise the majority of the mindshare and market share.
Citrix just celebrated its twentieth birthday, and it began this journey as a small company focused on virtualizing apps long before virtualization was cool. When Microsoft released Terminal Services with Windows NT 4.0, many feared that it would crush Citrix, but that didn’t happen. Instead, Citrix developed into a formidable player in the virtualization marketplace. A young company named VMware then reshaped the technical community by releasing virtual desktops as the core of its View offering. It proved to be another example of a small company with a revolutionary idea that kept growing and growing and growing.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice Newsletter.