Although many people get VDI and Citrix mixed up, they are actually two different concepts entirely. Here is what you need to know about VDI vs Citrix.

What is VDI?

VDI is an acronym that stands for "virtual desktop infrastructure," a general term that defines a discrete instance of a desktop that runs from servers and gets accessed from physical locations connected to that server.

What is Citrix?

Citrix is the name of a company that licenses VDI technology. As a matter of fact, Citrix is one of the two largest VDI licensing operations in the industry. Citrix actually offers VDI solutions.

VDI vs Citrix

Because Citrix is so strongly associated with the VDI technology, many people believe that the two terms either represent competing products like Apple and PC or two different types of technology.

The VDI solutions that Citrix offers includes Citrix VDI-in-a-Box, the entry-level product for small businesses and individuals, and the large enterprise solution XenDesktop. When you are considering a VDI product for your own business, do not become confused at the terminology that gets thrown at you: VDI is the technology; Citrix is the brand!

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