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The Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) is optimized for desktop virtualization workloads. Cisco UCS Solution Accelerator Paks help you easily and quickly deploy desktop virtualization by providing predefined configurations for every type of deployment scenario.

Desktop and application virtualization are increasingly popular ways for enterprises to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve efficiency, increase control, and expand connectivity. With virtual desktops, users can access their desktop images for laptops, thin clients, smartphones, or other devices from hosted, centralized infrastructure in a data center.

Although many enterprises are increasingly turning to desktop virtualization to address the need for increased business agility, risk mitigation, security, and support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, the appropriate infrastructure is critical to make these initiatives successful.

Cisco UCS provides the most optimized foundation for desktop and application virtualization infrastructure. The industry's first unified data center platform, Cisco UCS delivers a converged, programmable infrastructure that simplifies and accelerates enterprise-class application and service deployment in bare-metal, virtualized and cloud-computing environments. Unified, model-based management, end-to-end provisioning, and migration support come together in this next-generation data center platform to accelerate and simplify application deployment, with greater reliability and security.

Cisco UCS provides these important features:

   Integration of Cisco servers and network and I/O resources into one system

   Improvement of enterprise application availability and performance

   Scalability of service delivery to increase business agility

   Streamlining of data center resources to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)

   Radical reduction in the number of devices requiring setup, management, power, cooling, and cabling

Cisco UCS is changing the economics and performance of server-hosted client computing, delivering a robust, high-performance computing fabric on which desktop virtualization can be deployed.

These are the primary elements of VMware View desktop virtualization architecture:

   VMware View transforms Microsoft Windows desktops into virtual desktops for on-demand services to users on any device.

   VMware View Manager provides broker and user management services, and VMware View Composer provides provisioning and deployment services.

The Cisco UCS controller node is the management server that hosts the OS or hypervisor management software (such as VMware vCenter), VMware View Manager, and Citrix View Composer. It can also house other management tools to support the environment.

The Cisco UCS desktop workload node hosts the Microsoft Windows virtual desktops as virtual machines for VMware View deployments.

Figures 1 and 2 show the Cisco® desktop virtualization architecture.

Figure 1.      Cisco Desktop Virtualization Architecture (Building Blocks)

Figure 2.      Cisco Desktop Virtualization Architecture (Scale-Out)

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The configurations listed in Tables 1 and 2 provide some guidance on the target workloads based on assumptions about density, workload, and resiliency characteristics[1].

Table 1.      Cisco UCS Solution Acceleration Paks Configurations with VMware View for VMware View Workloads (With View Software Bundled)

Configuration

Configuration Description

Target Workload Description

Starter System Bundle (starting with 400 users)

UCS-SL-VDI-B200-02

2 Cisco UCS 6296UP 96-Port Fabric Interconnects

1 Cisco UCS chassis with 2 Cisco 2208 IOM Modules

2 Cisco UCS B200 controller blade server

  CPU: 2 x 2.20-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2660 v2
  Memory: 8 x 16 GB (128 GB total)
  Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card VIC 1240

4 Cisco B200 desktop workload blade servers

  CPU: 2 x 2.80-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB total)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1240

4 VMware View Premier 100 Packs

Networking Infrastructure to support up to 20,000 virtual desktops

Management server blades to support up to 2,000 virtual desktops (

View virtual desktop workload blades to support 400 users

400 View seats with vSphere included

Assumptions:

Need to upgrade with HDD for OS boot drives or use external storage

Need external storage to host VDI and user data storage

Expansion Bundle 1

(100 users)

UCS-SL-VDI-B200-05

1 Cisco B200 hosting blade servers

  CPU: 2 x 2.80-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB total)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1240

1 VMware View Premier 100 Pack

View virtual desktop workload blade to support 100 users

100 View seats with vSphere included

Assumptions:

Need to upgrade with HDD for OS boot drives or use external storage

Need external storage to host VDI and user data storage

Expansion Bundle 2 (with FIO)

(100 users)

UCS-SL-VDI-B200-03

1 Cisco B200 hosting blade servers

  CPU: 2 x 2.80-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB total)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1240
  Cisco UCS Fusion-io 785 GB module

1 VMware View Premier 100 Pack

View virtual desktop workload blade to support 100 users

100 View seats with vSphere included

Assumptions:

Need to upgrade with HDD for OS boot drives or use external storage

Need external storage to host VDI and user data storage

Expansion Bundle 3 (with LSI)

(100 users)

UCS-SL-VDI-B200-04

1 Cisco B200 hosting blade servers

  CPU: 2 x 2.80-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB total)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1240
  Cisco UCS LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive Adapter

1 VMware View Premier 100 Pack

View virtual desktop workload blade to support 100 users

100 View seats with vSphere included

Assumptions:

Need to upgrade with HDD for OS boot drives or use external storage

Need external storage to host VDI and user data storage

SMB Bundle 1

(100 users)

UCS-SL-VDI-C240-01

1 Cisco UCS C240 rack server

  CPU: 2 x 2.80-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB total)
  HDD: 24 x 300 GB SAS
  Cisco UCS VIC 1225

1 VMware View Premier 100 Pack

All-in-one configuration to support both the management infrastructure and

View virtual desktop workload blades to support 100 users

100 View seats with vSphere included

Assumptions:

OS boot drives on server

VDI and user data storage on server; no external storage required

Table 2.      Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers Solution Accelerator Pak Configurations for VMware View Workloads (without View Software Bundled)

Configuration

Configuration Description

Target Workload Description

Starter System Bundle (starting with 400 users)

UCS-SL-VDI-B200-01

2 Cisco UCS 6296UP 96-Port Fabric Interconnects

1 Cisco UCS chassis with 2 Cisco 2208 IOM Modules

2 Cisco UCS B200 controller blade server

  CPU: 2 x 2.40-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2660 v2
  Memory: 8 x 16 GB (128 GB total)
  Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card VIC 1240

4 Cisco B200 desktop workload blade servers

  CPU: 2 x 2.80-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB total)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1240

Networking Infrastructure to support up to 20,000 virtual desktops

Management blade servers to support up to 2000 virtual desktops

View virtual desktop workload blades to support 400 users

Assumptions:

Need to upgrade HDD for OS boot drives or use external storage

Need external storage to host virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and user data storage

Expansion Bundle 1

(100+ users)

UCS-SP7-SR-B200-P

1 Cisco UCS B200 hosting blade servers

  CPU: 2 x 2.80-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB total)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1240

View virtual desktop workload blade to support 100+ users

Assumptions:

Need to upgrade HDD for OS boot drives or use external storage

Need external storage to host VDI and user data storage

Expansion Bundle 2 (with FIO)

(100 users)

UCS-SL-VDI-B200-F

1 Cisco UCS B200 hosting blade servers

  CPU: 2 x 2.80-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB total)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1240
  Cisco UCS Fusion-io 785 GB module

View virtual desktop workload blade to support 100 users

On-board server storage for nonpersistent View virtual desktop workload to support 100 users (includes VDI storage)

Assumptions:

Need to upgrade HDD for OS boot drives or use external storage

External storage to host user data storage only

Expansion Bundle 3 (with LSI)

UCS-SL-VDI-B200-L

1 Cisco UCS B200 hosting blade servers

  CPU: 2 x 2.80-GHz Intel Xeon processors E5‑2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB total)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1240
  Cisco UCS LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive Adapter

View virtual desktop workload blade to support 100 users

On-board server storage for nonpersistent View virtual desktop workload to support 100 users (includes VDI storage) with lighter load

Assumptions:

Need to upgrade HDD for OS boot drives or use external storage

External storage to host user data storage only

Graphics Intensive Applications Bundle 1

UCS-SL-VDI-C240-K1

1 Cisco UCS C240 hosting rack server

  CPU: 2 x 2.80 GHz Intel Xeon processors E5-2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1225
  NVIDIA GPU K1
  2 x 300GB SAS

View virtual desktop workload to support up to 100 single display (sizing based on application)

Graphics Intensive Applications Bundle 2

UCS-SL-VDI-C240-K2

1 Cisco UCS C240 hosting rack server

  CPU: 2 x 2.80 GHz Intel Xeon processors E5-2680 v2
  Memory: 16 x 16 GB (256 GB)
  Cisco UCS VIC 1225
  NVIDIA GPU K2
  2 x 300GB SAS

View virtual desktop workload to support up to 64 single display (sizing based on application)

Targeted for more intense applications

For More Information

   Cisco Desktop Virtualization: http://www.cisco.com/go/vdi

   Cisco Desktop Virtualization Reference Architectures: http://www.cisco.com/go/vdidesigns

   Cisco Quick Catalog for Solution Accelerator Pak Bundles: http://www.cisco.com/go/quickcatalog

   Cisco Unified Computing System: Programmable Infrastructure: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns1166/index.html

   Unified Model-Based Management: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns1169/index.html

   Cisco Servers for the Cisco Unified Computing System: http://www.cisco.com/go/ucs

 

 

 



[1] The sizing characterization in this document is provided for guidance purposes only. The characterization is based on a Microsoft Windows 7, 32-bit, 2-GB system with a knowledge worker user and the server running with 60 to 70 percent utilization. Cisco recommends that you assess and profile customer requirements to correctly size the workload and identify the appropriate configurations.