EMC VSPEX EUC, Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 & VMware vSphere for up to 500 Desktops

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Quick Stats
First Published:May 2014
Broker:XenDesktop 7.1
Desktop Type(s):PVS or MCS
Hypervisor:VMware vSphere 5.5
Storage Type:VNXe 3200
Target # of Desktops:125, 250, 375, and up to 500


This set of documents describes the high level steps required to design and deploy an EMC® VSPEX® End-User Computing Solution for up to 500 virtual desktops with Xitrix XenDesktop 7.1 and VMware vSphere enabled by EMC  VNXe3200® storage.

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.




Business applications are becoming more integrated into consolidated compute, network, and storage environments. This VSPEX End-User Computing solution reduces the complexity of configuring every component of a traditional deployment model. The solution reduces the complexity of integration management while maintaining application design and implementation options. It also provides unified administration, while enabling adequate control and monitoring of process separation.


The business benefits of the VSPEX end-user computing solution for Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 include:

  • An end to end virtualization solution to utilize the capabilities of the unified infrastructure components
  • Efficient virtualization of up to 500 virtual desktops for varied customer use cases
  • Reliable, flexible, and scalable reference architectures





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Documents Attached::

  • Design Guide
  • Implementation Guide

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