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Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions with Citrix XenDesktop

Cisco UCS and Citrix XenDesktop

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Cisco UCS and Citrix XenDesktop

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Why Cisco and Citrix

Give your IT Organization the efficiency, scalability, and security required for successful virtual desktop deployments. Cisco Desktop Virtualization solutions, combined with industry-leading Citrix XenDesktop software, can accelerate desktop virtualization and VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) adoption.

These solutions help enable IT to provide users with a productive, mobile, and highly secure work environment anywhere on multiple devices. They do so through a set of scalable, simplified, and cost-effective data center infrastructures tailored to different delivery models, use cases, and scalability requirements.

Cisco UCS and Desktop Virtualization

Delivered as a core building block of Cisco Desktop Virtualization solutions, the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) is ideally suited for hosting desktop and application virtualization by providing:

  • Simplified operations for greater agility
  • Massive modular scalability
  • Lower operations and infrastructure costs
  • Superior deterministic performance

Desktop IT managers can now benefit from the combined strengths of the Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp. You can deploy and easily scale virtual desktops, free of the guesswork traditionally associated with sizing, installing, and expanding virtual infrastructure.

We have developed Cisco Validated Designs for many Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp configurations, investing an average of 2000 hours on each. These design guides will help you in deploying your desktop virtualization solution. You'll learn, for example, how to engineer the back-end storage and the server infrastructure and how to provision and manage the environment overall.

Customers of all sizes who want to implement desktop virtualization can confidently deploy a "Day 1" infrastructure that provides an optimized balance of memory, I/O capacity, and CPU processing power. The result is a price-to performance ratio that delivers significantly lower incremental costs as virtual desktop seats are added.

Use our Desktop Virtualization Design Navigator to help you find the design guide or reference architecture that best suits your needs.

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Cisco HyperFlex HX220c M4 Node for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix Provisioning Services

Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server: Uncompromised Virtual Desktop Performance ( PDF - 1 MB )

Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server with NVIDIA GRID and TESLA GPU Cards on Citrix XenServer 6.2 and XenDesktop 7.5 (White Paper) ( PDF - 2 MB )

Cisco UCS Mini, Nimble Storage, and Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 500-Seat, Mixed Workload on Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Servers

Cisco WAAS Optimized for Citrix XenDesktop

Configure Cisco UCS Rack and Blade Servers and Cisco HyperFlex Hyperconverged Servers with NVIDIA GR

Configure Cisco UCS Rack and Blade Servers with NVIDIA GRID 2.0 for Citrix XenDesktop on VMware vSphere 6.0

Deploy 200 Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 Hosted Virtual Desktops on Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server with LSI Nytro MegaRAID and SAS Drives

IDC Whitepaper: Streamlining Deployment and Management of Desktop Virtualization ( PDF - 463 KB )

Integrate Cisco HyperFlex Systems and Cisco UCS M5 Servers with NVIDIA GRID 5.0 on VMware vSphere 6.5 and Citrix XenDesktop 7.15 ( PDF - 4 MB )

Integrate Cisco UCS C240 M4 Rack Server with NVIDIA GRID Graphics Processing Unit Card and Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 on VMware vSphere 6

Integrate Cisco UCS M5 Servers with NVIDIA GRID 6.2 on VMware vSphere 6.7 and Horizon 7.5 (White Paper) ( PDF - 4 MB )

Integrate Cisco UCS M5 Servers with NVIDIA GRID 5.0 on VMware vSphere 6.5 and Citrix XenDesktop 7.13 ( PDF - 9 MB )

Raising the Bar on Desktop Virtualization ( PDF - 5 MB )

Speed XenDesktop on the WAN