Vblock® Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications with Citrix XenDesktop 7.6

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) holds the promise of not only consolidating desktop computing in the data center for improved manageability, efficiency, and security, but also for supporting new services such as bring-your-own-device and desktop mobility.

Companies are under increasing pressure to deliver enterprise applications on hosted virtual desktops with the user experience and reliability of a conventional physical desktop. The success of end-user computing deployments is dependent on user experience and how responsively virtual desktops perform. In addition to performance, a virtual desktop solution must be simple to deploy, manage, and scale, while delivering lower cost per desktop compared to a physical machine and enabling IT to continue using existing desktop management applications and tools. Storage is also a critical component of an effective virtual desktop solution.

Vblock® Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications from VCE provide the customer with a modern system capable of hosting a large number of virtual desktops at a consistent performance level. The compute and network components are designed to be redundant and sufficiently powerful to handle the processing and data needs of a large virtual desktop environment. EMC XtremIO storage delivers the extraordinary performance required for scalable VDI deployments, while dramatically lowering costs and enhancing the user experience.

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that Vblock Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications meet the functional and technical requirements of a 3500-user deployment in a Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 virtual desktop environment with Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS), Citrix XenApp 7.6, and VMware vSphere.