Say you want to roll out XenDesktop to 1,500 users. Imagine being able to unpack a box, plug in the power cord and the network cable, configure XenDesktop and your users are up and running. There is nothing to size, no disparate components to configure or architect, no guesswork or hassles of having to deal with separate servers, storage farms, and interconnects.
Even better, imagine if this system is optimized for price/performance – so users get the best experience while you minimize the use of expensive SANs and datacenter infrastructure.
Citrix and HP have joined forces to make this a reality. XenDesktop with FlexCast goes beyond VDI(where every user gets a server VM) to provide other delivery methods that increase server-side efficiency (e.g. with hosted-shared desktops where multiple user sessions run in the same VM) or leverage client-side resources (e.g. RemotePC, streamed desktops, offline desktops) – so that users get the experience they require, at an optimal cost. Reference architectures show 35% improvement of VDI user density with HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 & Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 & PVS 6.1
To further boost efficiency and simplify deployment, XenDesktop takes advantage of the highly cost-efficient HP Converged Infrastructure—where servers, Direct-Attached Storage (DAS), and networking are converged on one common platform. This architecture drops the cost per user to $10′s versus $100′s by leveraging lower cost DAS over expensive SANs whenever possible.
Used in concert, HP Converged Infrastructure and Citrix XenDesktop create a solution that simplifies and accelerates virtual desktop deployment.
And, because these pre-validated solutions are shipped directly from the factory, there’s no guesswork—just a better desktop experience. Learn more about the HP reference architecture for Citrix XenDesktop here and check out the HP blog Can’t beat lower cost, less complexity, higher performance: Citrix XenDesktop on HP CV Gen8.