Determining the right fit for your environment
As previously mentioned, Citrix offers two different technologies for image management: MCS and PVS. We will cover specific details later in the chapter, but as of now, we will discuss them at a high level in order to understand the key differences.
Both MCS and PVS are viable solutions for image management. PVS has been around longer and is the more mature technology, but it also requires more infrastructure than MCS. MCS is built directly into the Studio (allowing a single point of management) where PVS requires separate servers, network considerations, its own console, and the database. Both technologies leverage master images, allowing multiple target servers to run the same configuration.