EMC Infrastructure for Citrix XenDesktop 7.1

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Quick Stats
First Published:March 2014
Broker:Citrix XenDesktop 7.1
Desktop Type(s):PVS, MCS, & PvD
Hypervisor:Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2
Storage Type:XtremIO
Target # of Desktops:2,500


This document describes the reference architecture of the EMC infrastructure for Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 solution which is enabled by the EMC® XtremIO all-flash array and Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2. It also describes how the XtremIO all-flash array can benefit the end-user computing (EUC) solution.

This Reference Architecture validates the performance of the solution and provides guidelines to build similar solutions. this document is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to every aspect of this solution.




The purpose of this solution is to highlight the potential of an XtremIO all-falsh array in an EUC implementation, to build a new EUC environment, and to demonstrate performance, scalability, functionality, and user experience enabled by XtremIO 2.0, Citrix XenDesktop 7.1, and Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2.

This solution takes advantage of the following XtremIO capabilities:

  • Absorbs peak I/O during various storm scenarios for a typical EUC infrastructure
  • Enables inline deduplication for superior performance with persistent desktops and lower cost of ownership
  • Makes a flash-based desktop experience available to the virtual desktop implementation





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