What an interesting start of the week, today Citrix’s desktop CTO Harry Labana wrote a blog post accusing VMware of lying while refering to a Gartner Report about the TCO of SBC comparing to (un)managed desktops. In this article about VMware’s View, the company refers tho the report and insinuates that VMWare View incorporates SBC technology (which it doesn’t).

As you might know, one of the big differences between VMware’s and Citrix’s desktop virtualization solutions is that  Citrix XenDesktop incorporates VDI/Desktop virtualization capabilities but also includes XenApp which delivers shared Terminal Server-based desktops and applications. While VMware View only incorporates  VDI/desktop virtualization.

Therefore their press release is inaccurate and subject to rectification, in my opinion.

Stay tuned for more….

UPDATE: Brian Madden also picked up the story and has some background information, he also responds to the reaction from VMWare.

The recent joint announcement between Wyse and VMware, on February 9, featured a quote by Gartner looking at the TCO benefits associated with server-based computing (SBC). The Wyse portfolio of thin, zero and cloud PC client solutions supports both SBC and VDI. It is appropriate for Wyse to choose the feature this when talking about their products. VMware’s portion of the announcement featured customer momentum and results related to our portfolio of desktop and application virtualization technologies.

Who knows if it was on purpose or an oversight? They’ll claim it was a mistake. The conspiracy theorists will believe otherwise. If you asked me over a beer I’d tell you that I don’t believe they did it on purpose, but that it was not wise to respond with the statement they used. Instead they should have put a new quote with VDI-specific data in it and reissued the press release. Then they’d be done. But now we’re left with a release where TS is doing the heavy lifting to power the “success” of the TCO savings of VDI. And that’s exactly what I accused them of doing three years ago, which I wish was a thing of the past.

Also Harry Labana responded on his blog to VMWare’s reaction:

Fundamentally VMware is trying to defend an inaccurate press release. After a history of getting away with elastic facts, getting caught twice, the appropriate thing to do would be to retract the statement and claims of SBC having anything to do with VMware.