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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 Communications 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.
Recent Cisco Validated Designs and Reference Architectures for Desktop Virtualization with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp
- Cisco Reference Architectures with XD - February 2015 - Cisco UCS Mini, Nimble Storage, and Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 500-Seat, Mixed Workload on Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Servers
- Cisco Validated Design - July 2014 - Cisco Solution for EMC VSPEX End User Computing–1000 Seats Citrix XenDesktop 7.5 on VMware ESXi 5.5 (PDF - 9.9 MB)
- Cisco Validated Design - June 2014 - FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 and Citrix XenServer 6.2 (PDF - 25 MB)
- Reference Architecture - June 2014 - Reference Architecture for 500-Seat Citrix XenApp 7.5 Deployment on Cisco UCS C240-M3 Rack Servers with On-Board SAS Storage and LSI Nytro MegaRAID Controller
Smooth the transition to a Cisco Desktop Virtualization solution by getting the expertise and best practices you need every step of the way.
Deploy, host, and manage virtual desktops on a simpler, more secure and scalable data center infrastructure.
Citrix XenDesktop delivers Windows apps and desktops as secure mobile services. With XenDesktop, IT can mobilize the business, while reducing costs by centralizing control and security for intellectual property.
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