June 25, 2010 - Sven Huisman

VDI comparison chart

When you enter “VDI comparison” in google, the first hit you get is actually one of my first blogpost I published 2 years ago. The blogpost is about a VDI-broker feature comparison created by Quest. Although it was a useful document (to see which features Quest vWorkspace has), it wasn’t created by (an) independent person(s).
It’s quit amazing to see that Virtualfuture.info is still number 1 hit for “VDI comparison”. First of all because we didn’t create the comparison chart and second of all, since then, no one else created one. Until now!

Ruben Spruijt from PQR, with the help of a number of colleagues (including me), created something more than just a feature comparison: the VDI smackdown whitepaper!

If you are looking for an independent overview of the Server Hosted Desktop Virtualization (VDI) solutions and curious about the different features- and functions each Desktop Virtualization vendor is offering!? This is the whitepaper you definitely must read!

In the current market there is an increasing demand for unbiased information about Desktop Virtualization solutions. This white paper is focused on solutions that are anticipated to have an important role in VDI deployments. An overview of available features of each solution is created to better understand each solutions capability.

Also read Ruben’s post at brianmadden.com. Comment or mail Ruben for feedback!

Virtual Desktop Citrix / comparison / Microsoft / Quest / RDS / VDI / View / VMware / vWorkspace / Xendesktop /


  • VDI is truly a wonderful process. It is amazing that it continues to be redesigned and reformed. VDI comparison charts are also an incredibly helpful tool.

  • Adam says:

    Unfortunately, the VDI Smackdown leaves out Ericom Software’s connection broker. One of the important components of VDI solutions is the connection broker. Organizations should select a connection broker that supports the widest variety of hypervisors, for maximum flexibility and cost savings (by allowing the organization to select the lowest cost hypervisor that meets their needs). One such connection broker is Ericom’s PowerTerm WebConnect, with support for over a dozen hypervisors, and available at a reasonable cost. For more information, visit:



  • Erik says:

    Nice comparison. Some information is a little bit dated though.
    View 4.6 on iPad is now supported with the free VMware View client for the iPad, no 3rd party software needed any more.

    • Sven Huisman says:


      Yes, that’s correct. We (Ruben most of the times) try to collect multiple changes and update the document a 2 or 3 times a year. It’s a lot of work…