Flexpod Datacentre with Citrix Xendesktop7.1 and VMware vSphere 5.1


Cisco have recently released a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for XenDesktop 7.1. If your organisation is looking to implement a virtual desktop solution, FlexPod infrastructure creates a compact, powerful, and reliable solution for XenDesktop 7.1. Find the full report published by Cisco here.

Since the launch of XenDesktop 7 last year in May, 7.1 release follows a new unified FlexCast Management Architecture for provisioning all Windows apps and desktops either on hosted-shared RDS servers or VDI-based virtual machines. The new architecture combines simplified and integrated provisioning with personalisation tools. Whether you are creating a system to deliver just apps or complete desktops, Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 leverages common policies and cohesive tools to govern infrastructure resources and access.

In a constant effort of design optimisation, testing and validation based on latest FlexPod infrastructure, the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) lays out architecture for a cost-effective virtual desktop infrastructure solution scaling to 2000 seats. The infrastructure is fully virtualised on VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1 hypervisor platform and hosted on third generation Cisco UCS B200-M3 blade servers and NetApp FAS3200-series storage array. Citrix Provisioning Server 7.1 manages desktop images for a mixed workload of XenDesktop hosted shared desktops (1450) and pooled hosted virtual Windows 7 desktops (550), which is common for many customer scenarios.

Let Diaxion, a Cisco and Citrix partner demonstrate how Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 and XenApp 7.5 can be deployed in a cost effective way under a single management architecture.

This article was first reported by Malathi Malla at blogs.citrix.com.