Citrix Workspace vs Horizon 8 comparison


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Citrix Workspace
Ranking in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
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Horizon 8
Ranking in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
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User Virtualization (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) category, the mindshare of Citrix Workspace is 5.0%, down from 10.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Horizon 8 is 7.9%, down from 14.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Dec 6, 2022
Helped to continue our operations, but there have been speed and reliability issues
We're running into all kinds of speed issues and reliability issues. There are frequent disconnects, and we're not sure whether that's a problem with the product, with the way the product has been deployed, or with server capacity or bandwidth. Our IT department pays attention to that, but we are feeling the impact of that. It also gets a little dodgy when we're having to work remotely. We don't necessarily have all of the full functions that we would have with some of our in-hospital systems. There are times when we have gaps, but that's simply because our IT department hasn't set up all of the applications that we would normally have access to. So, that's not a Citrix problem as much as it is the way it has been deployed. We're pivoting away from Workspace. We're being told we're going to get some of the newer, more robust tools that Citrix offers. That's where we're heading right now. We're not quite sure. We're hopeful that it's going to make some significant improvements for us and make work quite a bit easier, but we'll wait and see.
Tim  Abboud - PeerSpot reviewer
May 5, 2023
User-friendly, reasonably priced, and simple to install
It can be challenging to assess the stability of Horizon because it relies heavily on the underlying infrastructure, including vCenter, network, and storage performance. It is important to pay attention to these factors when evaluating the stability of the system. We rely on vCenter, network, and storage performance, and any weakness in these areas will affect the performance of Horizon. When discussing this with customers, I always emphasize the importance of these factors. If the foundation is solid, Horizon should not experience any performance issues. If the fundamentals are weak, we will encounter issues with Horizon on a regular basis. However, the product itself, VMware Horizon, is highly stable. While the Horizon product itself is very stable, it is important to be well-informed about any potential side effects from using other related products.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"It is stable, easy to scale, and provides secure remote access."
"The most valuable feature is connectivity. The remote connection is the reason we are using this solution."
"The most valuable feature of the solution stems from the convenience and the ease of setup the tool provides."
"It is a stable solution."
"It is a good product. I don't have any complaints."
"It allows us to mute users who adhere to a policy of not allowing direct VPN access for security reasons. It is easy to use."
"Getting access to the applications for which we otherwise have to be on-site is probably the biggest advantage"
"Citrix Workspace's standout feature is its flexibility."
"The initial setup is very simple and straightforward."
"The most valuable features of VMware Horizon View technology is easier to use and is user-friendly with the customers."
"The ease of customizing the terminal, including the ability to add or decrease memory."
"We can stop the end user from taking data out of the desktops."
"The solution is seamless and easy to use."
"The solution's most valuable aspect is the VDI - the remote virtual desktop interface."
"One of the most interesting features in the enterprise version is the ability to do some support. There is a feature for remote control and debugging, which is something we didn't have before having Horizon 7 and the enterprise version."


"I heard that Citrix found some loopholes in the product, and they have yet to be covered up."
"The lag when using Skype or Screen Sharing with multiple users needs to improve, as it makes it difficult for us to continue when we have to restart the system."
"This solution is resource-intensive, it takes a lot of Bandwidth and a lot of the resources of the server."
"We're running into all kinds of speed issues and reliability issues. There are frequent disconnects, and we're not sure whether that's a problem with the product, with the way the product has been deployed, or with server capacity or bandwidth. Our IT department pays attention to that, but we are feeling the impact of that."
"I've recently tried to use Citrix on Ubuntu, and I don't know if this is an Ubuntu issue or a vendor issue, but you can't use Citrix right now on Ubuntu 20.04."
"Citrix Workspace can improve by being more secure, but this would apply to any solution not only Citrix Workspace."
"They can simplify the process of printers. Printers were quite a difficult issue. It took us a long time to iron this issue out. We have the most simple use case where people connect from home to either a virtual machine or their physical desktop. We tried more complex solutions like Machine Creation Services, and they were more overhead than they were worth for us. I found them difficult to work with and confusing, and they were not worth the work for us."
"There is room for slight improvement in performance optimization and interface refinement."
"Along with the high pricing, the profile synchronization mechanism also needs improvement."
"The initial startup costs for this solution are relatively high."
"The initial setup was complex, and you need system experience to walk through it."
"I would love to see so they can actually allow the use of Linux, from a hosting environment as well as from a VDI client environment."
"VMware Horizon 7 could improve by supporting the active-active data center. At this time we are only deploying it in the production environment. Our customer is considered to deploy the VMware Horizon 7 to a secondary data center, but we found out that it cannot fully support the user in the deployment in the active-active data center. Any improvement on this would be beneficial."
"In the latest versions, the deployment of certificates on the console has been implemented. Although it is functional, it is not working as well as I would like. I hope this feature can be improved in the future."
"There is room for improvement in the pricing model."
"The product fails to support Mac or Apple workstations."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"My company opts for the yearly subscription model to pay towards the licensing costs attached to the solution."
"The licensing of Citrix Workspace is worth it. However, it is expensive. Citrix is probably more competitive now than VMware, but it is still a costly solution."
"As for the cost, it is neither cheap nor expensive. Personally, I find it quite expensive, especially if you want to add more features. The security features we use include App Protect and Endpoint Protection."
"We are seeing a return on investment with Citrix Workspace."
"The tool is expensive."
"If one is a high price and ten is a low price, I rate the tool's price a three."
"Citrix is expensive."
"The price of the solution could be less expensive. There are different versions to their solution and the price keeps increasing."
"The pricing is quite reasonable."
"I cannot provide a detailed comment on the pricing; however, I can say that it is quite expensive."
"It is an expensive product. We purchase its yearly license."
"I don't know about the price. I know there are different tiers with the license, but I'm not sure exactly what it costs anymore."
"We are happy with the price."
"VMware Horizon only has one license, which is a license to run desktops."
"There are different editions available at different cost points."
"The price of VMware Horizon 7 is more than some other solutions."
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Top Industries

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Computer Software Company
Financial Services Firm
Manufacturing Company
Computer Software Company
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Questions from the Community

What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Citrix Workspace?
As for the cost, it is neither cheap nor expensive. Personally, I find it quite expensive, especially if you want to add more features. The security features we use include App Protect and Endpoint...
What needs improvement with Citrix Workspace?
Citrix Workforce is good, but it needs improvement in diagnosing network issues. When errors occur, it is difficult to determine if they're due to network issues, Workspace issues, or environment i...
How does VMware Workspace One compare with VMware Horizon 7?
VMware Workspace One has a powerful set of helpful features. The solution offers very good documentation, the initial setup is easy, and the product is very stable and reliable. I think the fact th...
What do you like most about VMware Horizon 7?
VMware offers a friendly environment, and it's easy to provide the user with the package. It is a bundled solution that is readily deployable. The advantage lies in its simplicity, it requires mini...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for VMware Horizon 7?
We paid a lot of money for software that is not really fully operational out of the box. We had to have patches from VMware to get it into production. Hence, we lost a lot of time implementing the ...

Also Known As

Citrix Workspace Cloud
VMware Horizon, VMware Horizon View, Mware Dynamic Environment Manager

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Sample Customers

Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
LCMC Health
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