EMC Infrastructure for XenDesktop 7 with VNX 5300 on vSphere 5.1

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Reference Architecture:

The purpose of this reference architecture is to build and demonstrate the functionality, performance, and scalability of virtual desktops enabled by EMC VNX series, Citrix XenDesktop 7, and VMware vSphere 5.1. This solution is built on an EMC VNX5300® platform with multiprotocol support, which provides NFS and FC storage for the VMware datastores, CIFS-based storage for the optional user data shares, and TFTP service for preboot execution environment (PXE) boot of PVS-based desktops.


This reference architecture validates the performance of the solution and provides guidelines to build similar solutions.


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Reference Architecture


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Originally Published:  May 2013 Documents Attached:

  • Reference Architecture:  EMC DOC ID: H11738


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