Benefits of Desktop Virtualization
Customers discuss their successful deployments of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
Explore VDI Advantages
Learn how virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions can help your organization. (1:48 min)
Build a Better Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Deliver virtualized desktops and applications with simplicity, scalability, and a superior user experience, built on Cisco Unified Data Center.
Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions, built on the Cisco Unified Data Center, deliver:
- Simplified desktop operations with fewer servers and cables to manage
- Scalable, predictable performance with a superior user experience
- Faster payback and ongoing savings with an optimized infrastructure
- Clear guidance for desktop virtualization with Cisco Validated Designs
- Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions with Citrix XenDesktop
Learn how comprehensive desktop virtualization solutions from Cisco and Citrix deliver a superior user experience and greater flexibility.
- Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions with VMware Horizon View
Find out how Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions with VMware Horizon View provide server-hosted virtual desktops with increased security and lower cost.
Cisco and ecosystem partners have developed a comprehensive portfolio of reference architectures. These are aligned with specific IT environments and business goals and address the traditional challenges associated with deployment of desktop virtualization.
On-Board Architecture for Desktop Virtualization
Learn about server-resident, flash-memory-based storage for stateless, non-persistent desktops.
Simplified Architecture for Desktop Virtualization
Get info on appliance-based storage model for environments without an existing enterprise-class SAN infrastructure.
Scalable Architecture for Desktop Virtualization
Discover benefits of highly expandable, resilient infrastructure for scale-out environments.
Converged Infrastructure for Desktop Virtualization
Get guidance for rapidly deployable, modular units of computing, storage, and network fabric.
Learn how organizations like yours are benefiting from the simplicity, scale, performance, and cost-effectiveness of desktop virtualization with Cisco. Deploy desktop and application virtualization built on Cisco UCS and Unified Data Center.
"In the past, a desktop update would have taken five or six people four days. Using Cisco UCS preconfigured service profiles in conjunction with VMware and NetApp rapid-cloning capabilities enabled us to complete the same process in six hours" - Mike Cooper, Technology Coordinator, Oak Hills Local School District
- University of Colorado-Boulder (VMware)
- Park Hill School District (Citrix)
- Oak Hill School District (VMware)
- Richland School District (Citrix)
- Indianapolis Public Schools (VMware)
- Oaks Christian School (Citrix)
- Seattle University (VMware)
- Volunteer State Community College (Citrix)
"Previously, if one of our employees in the field needed to file a report at the end of the day, they would have to come into the office, involving up to an hour in travel time. Now they can go straight home and file it from there. The bandwidth is phenomenal. The Cisco VXI solution integrates really well with NetApp and VMware. To be honest, it would be hard to get it to work any better." - Mark Ferreday, Technical Architect, Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
- London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
- London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Citrix)
- City of Jacksonville (Citrix)
"The possibilities for our Vblock solution are endless. It will give us much more agility as we expand into new markets and offer new lines of business, since less physical infrastructure will be required." - Raul Hidalgo, Infrastructure Manager, Banco Azteca
"We ran a proof of concept with a number of vendors, and Cisco UCS came out on top. In particular, UCS scored highly for ease of management and scalability, which were critical factors for our large and dynamic VDI environment. Also, because it comes pre-integrated, we knew it would work with all the other components from day one." - Luca Ferrandino, Data Center Application Manager, WIND
"We're looking to take advantage of the next generation of virtualization. And [our Cisco] partnership will enable that with a private cloud solution that we can extend across our health system" - Bill Lewkowski, CIO and Executive Vice President, Metro Health
- Metro Health (VMware)
- Seattle Childrens Hospital (Citrix)
- Beaufort Memorial Hospital (VMware)
- Miami Childrens Hospital (Citrix)
- Group Mutuel (VMware)
"Since implementing Cisco UCS and Tegile, our IT staff is spending less time fixing system issues and more time addressing customers' needs. We're saving 43 percent on equipment and personnel support costs over previous years." - Jim Ibister, VP Facility Administration, Minnesota Wild
- Minnesota Wild (VMware)
Cisco UCS - Citrix Solution Accelerator Paks
Explore configurations for Citrix Desktop Virtualization workloads. (PDF - 442 KB)Learn More
Cisco UCS - VMware Solution Accelerator Paks
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Accelerate Time to Value
Reduce deployment risks while accelerating time to value with preconfigured and validated Solution Accelerator Paks from Cisco. Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is fast becoming the desktop virtualization platform of choice for customers with desktop virtualization solutions, available for both VMware and Citrix products.
- Cisco UCS Solution Accelerator Pak Configurations for Citrix Desktop Virtualization Workloads
- Cisco UCS Solution Accelerator Pak Configurations for VMware Desktop Virtualization Workloads
For assistance and to purchase Cisco UCS Solution Accelerator Pak Special Offers below, contact your Cisco account team or your Cisco partner. Find a Cisco Partner at the Partner Locator.
View Metro Health Case Study
Cisco UCS SmartPlay Configurations for Citrix Desktop Virtualization Workloads
Cisco UCS SmartPlay Configurations for VMware Desktop Virtualization Workloads
Cisco UCS with VMware Horizon View: Accelerate Desktop Virtualization Deployments (PDF - 4 MB)
Reference Architectures for Cisco Desktop Virtualization
Design Considerations for Increasing VDI Performance and Scalability with Cisco Unified Computing System
NexentaStor on Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Mount Servers: Storage Platform for Desktop Virtualization