There’s a lot going on in the EUC space right now! One of the most-asked things I got at VMworld last week was some version of “What do you think of [Citrix | Microsoft | VMware] right now?” So I figured I’d make a quick bullet list for each company of what they’ve got going on that’s good and bad.
Note that this is only in the context of EUC and desktop virtualization.
- Biggest market share
- Huge install base
- Most mature products
- Still very much synonymous with “desktop virtualization"
- Best / most features
- They say “on premises"
- Best protocol (yeah, I said it)
- They’re not trying to make their own cloud / not competing with partners
- Citrix Workspace Cloud
- Citrix Workspace Cloud (seriously, nice work there)
- No CEO
- Talent flight
- Partners are pissed
- XenApp 7 debacle
- Product quality issues
- Octoblu (cool, but too much focus?)
- Competing with Microsoft on too many things (XenServer/Hyper-V, XenMobile/InTune, ShareFile/OneDrive)
- First class integration only with other Citrix (non-leading) products
- Lack of momentum. Tired.
- AppDisk (seriously, just buy FSLogix already)
- They own Windows
- They own Windows
- Office 365
- SCCM (They did a good job convincing the world they need this. Huge install base now.)
- Windows 10 (Everyone will go to it, easy to manage, it’s a joy to use)
- Most people hate them.
- Ok, “most” is probably too strong.
- Ok ok, “hate” is also probably too strong.
- No desktop SPLA
- Still screwing customers with their monopolistic actions
- People buy them because they have to, and that’s never a good thing
- They’re saying all the right things
- Momentum, buzz, etc.
- Project A² (They can manage local apps on physical desktops)
- Shawn Bass
- They own the infrastructure & platform in many (most?) companies
- Synonymous with “Virtualization” and “VDI”
- Everything they’re doing with micro VPNs and NSX is just awesome
- Windows 10 hug from Microsoft
- Horizon 6 still has a long way to go
- They’re owned by an old school storage company
- On premise? Seriously?
- vCloud Air? They’re competing with AWS and all these other massive cloud providers? They’re competing with their own customers??