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SBC Round-up 2007

Version: 1.1
Changed on: 23 August 2007
 

Years ago, Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth wrote an article that compared Citrix MetaFrame (as it was called at the time) with several other Terminal Server add-on products. In those intermediate years many things have been changed logically. Some manufacturers disappeared, some have been taken over and new companies jumped into the SBC market.




 

In 2007 we (Claudio and Wilco) again looked at the eight most known Terminal Server add-on products available at that time. At the BriForum 2007 in Chicago we presented our findings of these products. Out of this presentation we created a Feature Matrix list.

 

In this list we are mentioning all features which we have been found in all those products together. Per product we will indicate for every feature if it is available in the product (green flag) or not (red cross). When the feature is present in the product we used three degrees:

  • Green Flag: feature is present in the product with a standard implementation
  • Green Flag Minus: feature is present in the product but we are not completely satisfied with the way it is implemented;
  • Green Flag Plus: The feature is above average present in the product. The feature has advantages in comparison with the default standard. 

We divided the features into several categories. The first category is about the installation of the product and the publishing capabilities.  In the second category we are describing the supported operating systems for the client and the client options.  The following category is mentioning the default features which should be available in the products, followed by the category with additional features that could be useful in the products (in some circumstances). This category is probably which is the decision maker in the selecting process of your SBC products. The last category is describing the administration options and support of Domain Services and Token support.

Of course we did our best to make this feature list completely and accurate as possibly. If you miss an important feature in this list or think our judgment of feature of a product is incorrect don't hesitate to mention it to us.

The feature list is based on the following versions:

  • Genuit Thinworx 3.1
  • Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect 5.6
  • Provision Networks VAS 5.9
  • HOB ETS 3.1
  • 2X Application Server V5
  • Jetro Cockpit 3.6
  • ProPalms TSE 5.0
  • TerminalRDP 1.5
  Genuit
Thinworx
Ericom
PowerTerm WebConnect
Provision Networks VAS HOB ETS 2X Application Server Jetro Cockpit ProPalms TSE TerminalRDP
Installation                
Unattended installation
Red Cross
Green Flag-
Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag-
Installation Requirements
Green Flag+
Green Flag+
Green Flag
Green Flag-
Green Flag
Green Flag
 
Green Flag
Green Flag
Published Applications
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Published Desktop
Green Flag 
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Publish Local Applications
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Seamless Windows
Green Flag +
Green Flag +
Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag -
Green Flag -
  Genuit
Thinworx
Ericom
PowerTerm WebConnect
Provision Networks VAS HOB ETS 2X Application Server Jetro Cockpit ProPalms TSE TerminalRDP
Client                
Client Distribution
Green Flag
Green Flag+
Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag-
Using Default RDP Client
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag-
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Windows Client
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross1
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Java Client
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag 
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag-
Red Cross
Mac Client
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag 
Red Cross1
Green Flag-
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
(L)Unix Client
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag

Red Cross1

 

 

 

 

Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Windows CE / PocketPC
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Shadowing
Green Flag+
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Reconnection Possibilities
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag-
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Client Desktop Integration 
Green Flag 
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag 
Multi Monitor support 
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Client View Update
Green Flag 
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag 
Red Cross
  Genuit
Thinworx
Ericom
PowerTerm WebConnect
Provision Networks VAS HOB ETS 2X Application Server Jetro Cockpit ProPalms TSE TerminalRDP
Basic Funtionality
Load Balancing
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag+
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag+
Green Flag
Green Flag
Portal Access
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag-
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Integration Corporate Portal

Red Cross
 
Green Flag
Green Flag 
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Secure Connection (SSL)
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag 2
Green Flag 2
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag 
Universal Printer Driver
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Local
Resources
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Local
Resources (Configuration)
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag-
Green Flag-
Green Flag-
Green Flag
Green Flag-
Green Flag-
Pass-through authentication
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
  Genuit
Thinworx
Ericom
PowerTerm WebConnect
Provision Networks VAS HOB ETS 2X Application Server Jetro Cockpit ProPalms TSE TerminalRDP
Additional Features                
File
Association
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Content Publishing
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Content Redirection
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Application Installation
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag3
Red Cross
Profile Support
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Block files and executables
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
User Environment Configuration
Red Cross
Green Flag-
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Server availability scheduling
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Printer Driver Mapping
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Monitoring
Green Flag-
Green Flag-
Red Cross
Green Flag-
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Reporting
Green Flag+
Green Flag-
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
VDI Support
Red Cross
Green Flag2
Green Flag+
Green Flag2
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Host Access Support
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
CPU Optimization
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Memory Optimization
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
  Genuit
Thinworx
Ericom
PowerTerm WebConnect
Provision Networks VAS HOB ETS 2X Application Server Jetro Cockpit ProPalms TSE TerminalRDP
Administration                
Central Administration Console
Green Flag-
Green Flag-
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag-
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Delegation of Control
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
User Policies
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
AD Support
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
LDAP support
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Token Support
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Green Flag
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross
Red Cross

1 Via the Java Client you use the product on this platform
2 Via additional product of the same manufacturer
3 Not per application per se; it has server cloning capabilities