I know they commonly say that “two’s company, but three’s a crowd”, but not today. At Citrix Synergy, HP announced its reference architecture (RA), built on Citrix desktop virtualization solutions and Microsoft Hyper-V to deliver an end-to-end solution to simply mainstream adoption of desktop virtualization. The HP Client Virtualization Enterprise Reference Architecture with Citrix XenDesktop 5 on Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SP1 is a completely preconfigured solution that has been tested to deliver the best performance for virtual desktops on HP hardware.

This new combined HP+Microsoft+Citrix RA spells out all of the necessary compute, storage, networking, and system management components so that customers can easily configure, test, and deploy desktop virtualization – based on known working configurations – without the complexity of building a solution from scratch.

What’s exciting about this solution? It is how it delivers:

  1. Simplicity: The HP BladeSystem is a self-contained, single rack system that includes all servers, storage, and networking that an organization would need for desktop virtualization. By supporting all data center hardware in a single rack, it is much easier for organizations to deploy, configure and manage desktop virtualization.
  2. Optimization: As part of creating this RA, HP created and documented a tested solution with the right combination of compute, storage, networking, and system management tuned optimal desktop virtualization efficiency.
  3. Flexibility: HP is committed to meeting the needs of all workers in an organization, which is why they have chosen XenDesktop with FlexCast technology. FlexCast enables IT to deliver every type of virtual desktop, hosted or local, optimized to meet the performance, security and mobility requirements of each individual user. You will see many of these models included in the RA to simplify deployment for customers.

If you are at Synergy this week, please stop by HP’s booth to learn more about this solution. Regardless, we are exciting about working with HP and Microsoft to continue helping our joint customers accelerate their desktop transformation.