Monitoring the VDI Landscape: Alternatives On The Horizon


Following their acquisition of VMware, Broadcom appears to continue to see some challenges with disruption. For those considering their future with VMware Horizon, our team of experts have put together some information to help guide you through the journey.

Firstly, for eGroup | Enabling Technologies’ Managed Services and support customers, we are committed to providing our usual level of service despite inevitable changes with the vendor.

While VMware is a long-time partner of our company, we have expertise across the entire End-User Computing landscape. For those exploring alternatives, options include:

  1. Azure Virtual Desktop
  • Microsoft’s cloud-based VDI solution offers scalability, flexibility, and a seamless integration with the Azure ecosystem.

  • Pay-As-You-Go pricing ensures cost-effectiveness, and advanced security features, including Entra ID (formerly known as Azure Active Directory) and enhanced data protection.

  • Supports Windows 10/11 multi-session and is equipped to handle a variety of workloads.

2. Citrix Solutions

  • Leveraging our long partnership with Citrix, we offer robust VDI solutions that provide a high-performance virtual workspace experience.
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops ensure flexibility in delivering applications and desktops securely, catering to diverse user needs.
  • Optimized for hybrid and multi-cloud environments, providing a seamless transition to the future of workspace solutions.

3. Managed OS and Devices using Microsoft Intune

  • This is the most fundamentally different model, since apps are deployed on local OS’s and managed centrally from the Intune portal.

  • Integrated with Entra ID, Microsoft Intune provides a comprehensive solution for modern workplace management for BYODs and company-owned Windows and Mac machines.

  • Microsoft Intune enables managed devices and secure access to corporate resources from anywhere, in tandem or independently of GPOs, System Center Configuration Manager, and Entra ID line of sight.

  • Customers can automate deployment, updates, and compliance policies to streamline device management, reducing operational overhead.

Considerations for this Important Decision

We understand that any migration would not be just a transition—but a strategic decision requiring careful planning and expert execution. We recommend placing a strong emphasis on the following steps:

  1. Assessment:
    1. Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the existing VMware Horizon VDI deployment.
    2. Identify user profiles, application dependencies, and performance requirements.
    3. Integration with existing infrastructure and applications.
    4. Compatibility with apps and host configurations to guarantee a smooth transition.
  2. Planning and Design:
    1. Define the desired state architecture based on the chosen alternative (AVD, Intune, Citrix).
    2. Develop a migration roadmap, including timelines, resource allocation, and risk mitigation strategies.
    3. Understand how to use new performance monitoring and troubleshooting tools to address any potential issues proactively.
  3. Communication:
    1. Set expectations to management about cost, timelines, risks, and the need for their change management oversight.
    2. Set expectations to users about timelines and user experience changes.
  4. Execution:
    1. Implement a phased migration approach to minimize disruption.
    2. Leverage automation tools for efficient data and application migration.


Migrating to a new VDI solution is a significant change, but if planned and executed well, organizations are seeing a brighter future on the other side. If you’re looking to explore your options, or need additional support with your current solution, contact us today to discuss your options.

What VDI solution is the best fit for your organization?

If you’re looking for a partner to guide you through options, eGroup | Enabling Technologies is here to help! With 30+ years of experience, our team can provide you with the expert guidance needed throughout your digital transformation journey.

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Last updated on December 15th, 2023 at 10:05 am