Thomas Berger

Thomas is a Senior Architect within the XenDesktop Product Marketing Team based out of Zurich, Switzerland. He started working in IT in 1999 as system admin and freelancing consultant. In 2004 he joined Citrix as Consultant within the EMEA Consulting organization, where he worked at numerous customer projects by assessing, designing and building enterprise-level architectures to successfully deliver desktops and applications using Citrix technologies. In 2011 he moved to Worldwide Consulting Solutions in order to focus on white paper and best practice development. In late 2013 he moved to Product Marketing in a technical capacity, now focusing on CI. Follow me on Twitter @thomas_berger.
  1. Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon – Client Drive Redirection


    Client Drive Redirection enables users to access files and folders located on the endpoint from within a VDI or HSD session. It has been in XenApp for more than 15 years and in XenDesktop from Day 1, so it has been battle-tested for quite some time now. Because it’s been a core feature in XenApp and XenDesktop for such a long time, many people have assumed that this is basic feature that ...

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  2. Citrix XenApp vs VMware Horizon – User Experience

    XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 is now available

    Have you ever been running late for a meeting, but you first needed to modify a PowerPoint, print a document or transfer a file to a USB device? Every second that passes feels like an eternity. But even without the pressure of being late, a system that lets you complete your work faster is perceived as better and has a higher user acceptance. Side-by-Side Comparison: Which is ...

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  3. Citrix Director – Analyzing the Monitoring Data by Means of Custom Reports


    Have you ever looked into the XenApp / XenDesktop Monitoring Database by means of SQL Server Management Studio or a simple SQL query? If not you might be surprised how much data is stored within this DB, which is not yet exposed in Director. So in case you’re looking for historical reports or data on specific trends, which you cannot find in the Director Web UI ...

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  4. Compare Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon – Infrastructure Upgrades

    After we released XenApp / XenDesktop 7.6 a few weeks ago, many customers and partners are now working on upgrading their existing Citrix infrastructures. While upgrading my lab environment I realized that this common infrastructure management task is a vital aspect that gets overlooked quite often when evaluating desktop and application virtualization solutions.   Typically every 6 – 12 months, Citrix and VMware release a new version of the ...

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  5. Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon View: Comparing Receiver for HTML5 & Chrome vs Horizon Blast (HTML5)

    As the desktop and applications virtualization market competition heats up, prospective customers see a lot of vendors claiming to offer better value and performance than Citrix, particularly from the IT manager’s perspective. But what about the people who will be using those solutions to complete their daily workload? Can employees work effectively with those other solutions? This blog post takes a close look at what people ...

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  6. XenApp vs. Horizon 6 RDS – Client-side Peripherals

    XenApp vs Horizon 6 RDS - Peripherals

    Imagine you are in your home office and start the brand new virtual desktop which has just been provided to you by your corporate IT team. You open Outlook, a meeting reminder pops up and you hop on the respective GoToMeeting session. Very soon you realize that while you can hear the voices of your colleagues, none of the participants can hear you, because your ...

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  7. Compare Citrix XenApp and VMware Horizon View – Webinar

    VMware has released a new app virtualization component to Horizon 6 and of course we’ve been busy breaking it down and comparing to XenApp.  “How does it compare,” you ask?  Take a look at our handy chart below. There’s an old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and that’s very true for the diagram above. It outlines the key areas of differentiation between Citrix ...

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  8. Compare Citrix XenDesktop vs VMware Horizon View – End User Monitoring and Support

    Imagine a virtual desktop user reports a performance issue, you open the admin console and all information that is provided is that the user has a session and when it was started. Imagine it is Monday morning and no users can connect to their virtual desktops or apps, but you don’t know about it (until a bunch of angry users storm into your office and shout ...

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  9. Why Citrix has better Single Image Management than VMware

    In my previous blogs about image management I’ve focused on explaining Provisioning Services (PVS) in part 1 and Machine Creation Services (MCS) in part 2, and compared Machine Creation Services with its direct rival VMware Composer from a technical point of view. Within these blogs I highlighted a number of technical aspects where the Citrix technologies are superior to VMware’s products / features. This time I’d ...

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  10. Video in Enterprise Environments (VDI and more)

    Video streaming traffic is growing by leaps and bounds. According to a Cisco study, the network traffic caused by video delivery will increase by 4x in fixed networks and over 24x in mobile networks in the time frame of 2012 – 2017.   Although this study focuses on video streaming on the internet, we can see a very similar trend within corporate networks. The challenge for the corporate ...

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