Friday, March 11, 2011

VMware Releases View Client for Apple iPad

Big deal!  VMware has come out with a client for a device that's been selling for a year?  Whoa slow the development pace down there guys you're blowing me away!

Okay, sarcasm aside, VMware doesn't seem to be overly committed to conquering the virtual desktop market.  Citrix has been the leader in this space for some time.  I have been using XenDesktop/XenServer accessed  via Wyse HDX thin client and Droid X Citrix Labs Receiver for six months now and can say it works great (even on a three inch screen).

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big VMware fan (I've been implementing/administering VMware products like ESX since 2002, I've been to every VMworld, etc, etc).  But I'm primarily a "right tool for the job" kind of guy.  XenDesktop/HDX is technically superior to View/PCoIP (at least as of this writing) and it mostly a no-brainer for existing Citrix XenApp shops.

So where's the Android version?  As of this week, Android phones are out-selling RIM and Apple/iOS. I wouldn't hold your breath.  My perception is that VMware is focusing on back-end cloud infrastructure and development products.  And their growth/size has slowed them down tremendously since 2002, but more on that in a future post.

For more information on Citrix's mobile client story, see:
http://community.citrix.com/display/ocb/2011/03/09/Today%2C+More+Than+Ever%2C+Citrix+is+the+Right+Choice+for+the+iPad%21