EMC Infrastructure for VDI enabled by XtremIO, vSphere 5.0, XenDesktop 5.6 and PVS 6.1

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Reference Architecture:

This reference architecture provides a blueprint of a validated Citrix XenDekstop 5.6 virtualization solution enabled by an EMC XtremIO All-Flash array and the VMware vSphere 5.0 virtualization platform.  The solution is able to support and scale to thousands of virtual desktops.


The features of the EMC XtremIO All-Flash array enable XenDesktop environments to achieve high levels of performance, scale as needed, be easier to administer, and require less overall infrastructure resources.


The performance capabilities of the EMC XtremIO array enable virtual desktop application response times to mirror the "SSD" experience of the most modern physical desktops, even if the virtual desktop was not optimized to minimize the I/O footprint as is required with some storage solutions.


The deduplication capabilities of the EMC XtremIO array further reduce the storage required for each PVS virtual desktop, particularly for the Citrix XenDesktop Personal vDisks, which are created for each desktop and provisioned in a thick format.  This allows the storage cost per desktop to be very attractive, even though it is 100% flash.


By using XtremIO storage systems as the foundation for Citrix XenDesktop deployment, you gain unique advantages that cannot be achieved with any other XenDesktop deployment architectures:

  • Superior XenDesktop user experience
  • Lowest cost per virtual desktop
  • Rapid provisioning and rollout
  • No need for third-party tools
  • No change to desktop administration
  • No change to desktop setup


Check out the reference architecture below and the video that shows XtremIO CRUSHING 2,500 desktop workloads!




Video Demo of XtremIO and Citrix XenDesktop....





Original Links:

Reference Architecture: http://www.emc.com/collateral/white-papers/h11773-xtremio-infrastructure-superior-end-user-computing.pdf

Citrix Ready Program:  EMC XtremIO | Citrix Ready Xchange Marketplace




Originally Published:  May 2013

Documents Attached:

Reference Architecture:  EMC DOC ID: H11773


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