It's been just over two months since VMware announced Horizon 6, their desktop virtualization product which adds app publishing and connectivity to RDSH-based desktops and apps. Last week VMware announced the general availability of the product, and you can now download the 168-page Evaluators' Guide as well as the software itself.
There are three editions: Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise. The main difference is that Standard is VDI-only based on concurrent user (CCU) licenses. Advanced adds the RDSH & app publishing, Mirage (for physical and virtual desktops), and the ability to use CCU or named user licenses. The Enterprise version adds automation, performance management, capacity planning, and a bunch of related dashboards.
Those who had early access to Horizon 6 basically fall into two groups: Those in Group A believe that this is Horizon 6 is the best thing ever and the beginning of the end for Citrix. Group B folks believe Horizon 6 is a "v1" product which will be laughable in comparison to XenApp. (At BriForum London 2014 last month I said that I didn't really care which one was true, as I'm mostly excited about the fact that we now have competition in the RDSH and app publishing space. Here's a video recap of that part of my opening keynote.)
By the way, one of the features that has been officially removed from Horizon is View Local Mode, that horrible and worthless idea where users would check out VMs for use offline. (This concept was so bad I even named a paradox after it.) Good riddance!
Anyway, now that we've had some time for the dust to settle, what are your thoughts and plans for Horizon 6? Are you planning to download and test? Do you want to wait and see what other peoples' reactions are? Are you excited to get rid of Citrix? Are you doubling down on Citrix because you view that VMware won't truly be able to compete?
Please share your thoughts below.