The number of tools for IT Ops professionals to choose from is overwhelming. For this reason, we created the periodic table for IT Ops tools to better define, organize, and explain the IT Ops tooling landscape. It is our hope that it will help IT professionals find, explore, and choose tools for their future IT Ops stack.

In a portion of this table we dive into Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) tools specifically. Below you will find a list of the top VDI tools per the interactions we measure on the table.

What is VDI?


Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is virtualization technology that hosts a desktop operating system on a centralized server in a data center. VDI is a variation on the client-server computing model, sometimes referred to as server-based computing.

The best VDI tools:


Amazon Workspaces

Amazon WorkSpaces is a managed, secure cloud desktop service. You can use Amazon WorkSpaces to provision either Windows or Linux desktops in just a few minutes and quickly scale to provide thousands of desktops to workers across the globe.


Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure

Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) is an end-to-end systems approach that delivers the next generation virtual workspace by unifying virtual desktops, voice, and video.


Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops (formerly XenApp & XenDesktop) gives employees the freedom to work from anywhere by delivering Windows, Linux, web and SaaS apps plus full virtual desktops to any device, from any cloud.


Parallels RAS

Parallels Remote Application Server (Parallels RAS, formerly 2X RAS), is application virtualization technology, billed as a solution to extend the life of legacy OS (like Windows XP) with its virtual desktop for any device.


Red Hat Virtualization

Red Hat Virtualization is a comprehensive, open source, and scalable infrastructure solution for virtual servers and technical workstations. It is powered by the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform that delivers noticeable ease of use, agile functions, and strong security.


VMWare Horizon Cloud

VMware Horizon Cloud enables the delivery of cloud-hosted virtual desktops and apps to any device, anywhere, from a single cloud control plane.


View the periodic table here