In short, PC-over-IP (PCoIP) is a display protocol that allows complete compression of a desktop which is then displayed through a zero client device over a standard IP network. While there are several display protocols that exist in desktop virtualization such as RDP, ICA and RGS, PCoIP has become the most prevalent protocol for display back of a virtual desktop. Does PC-over-IP sound vaguely familiar? It might remind you of Voice-over-IP and there are definitely similarities. While Voice-over-IP delivers voice over a standard IP network, that is where it ends. PCoIP not only delivers full audio it also delivers USB and the full user display. How is it different from RDP or ICA? That’s a great question, because PCoIP is not the only display protocol. Let’s take a look at some of the other display protocols…

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Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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