Citrix launches VMware migration tool for XenApp, XenDesktop

Virtualisation specialist seeks to rescue users from ‘failed, stalled’ VMware VDI deployments

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Citrix launches VMware migration tool for XenApp, XenDesktop Citrix claims to have received ‘numerous requests… to salvage failed, stalled and small VMware VDI deployments’.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 2, 2015

VMware has launched a free, cloud-based migration tool designed to migrate users from rival VMware's Horizon product to VMware's own XenApp and XenDesktop virtualisation systems.

The tool is aimed at "dramatically simplifying and accelerating" the migration process, while maintaining users' existing desktop, files and settings.

Citrix argues that VMware customers may be "under pressure to improve their app and desktop experience, gain greater infrastructure flexibility and simplify end-user computing management". The company claims to have received "numerous requests... to salvage failed, stalled and small VMware VDI deployments". Citrix also cited bench-tests that showed its products outperforming those of its competitors, but it did not say whether these tests were conducted by an independent third party.

"In addition, only Citrix provides comprehensive support for Microsoft Skype for Business, including the full range of business telephone features," the company boasted in a statement. "For organisations with strict security requirements, Citrix is the only app and desktop virtualisation solution that offers both Common Criteria Certification and native FIPS 140-2 compliance."

The migration service is based on Citrix's Lifecycle Management Service, now part of the Citrix Workspace Cloud, and the company said the tool delivers a migration process that takes less than 15 minutes.

"Citrix leads the market in secure app and data-delivery solutions, providing people with the applications, desktops and data they need to be productive," said Calvin Hsu, vice president, product marketing, Windows App Delivery, Citrix. "Migrating to XenApp or XenDesktop provides the user community with the best experience, security and flexibility whether they are manipulating graphics in PowerPoint, collaborating using Microsoft Skype for Business or simply printing a document. Simple tasks stay simple, and IT adapts to people, instead of people adapting to technology."

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