You may have seen some of the blogs with regards to Project Morpheus or the Powered by Citrix campaign, where Tarkan and Fabian shared some details about the data center we build in order to power Synergy in Barcelona.

Within this blog I’d like to shed some light on the technical details of the implementation.

But first let’s take a look at the use cases we will support:

  • Internet Access Center. This is where attendees can browse the internet, check event schedules and experience how XenDesktop works over a long distance WAN connection (we’re using a WAN emulator for this scenario)
  • Press Center. This is where members of the press can relax and report about Synergy
  • Bring your Own (BYO Mobility) Center. This is where you can check out how Citrix integrated with the latest and greatest tech gadgets.
  • Session Tracking. This is where you scan your badge before entering a breakout room
  • Registration Desk. This is where you register yourself at the beginning of Synergy
  • Vendor Desktops. This is what the supporting vendors use at the Solutions Expo Hall in order to show their programs and presentations

As not all of these use cases require a virtual desktop we have build out a hybrid XenApp 6.5 / XenDesktop 5.5 infrastructure, as outline below:

This infrastructure is powered by the latest enterprise hardware we got from our sponsors:

Cisco Unified Computing Architecture

Server Infrastructure

  • Cisco Blade UCS250 M2
  • 2 x Intel Xeon® E5600® Series (24 cores total)
  • 192GB DDR3-1333 Memory
  • 2 x 400 GB Disks
  • 2 x 2.5″ 300GB SAS Hot Swap Enterprise class 10K RPM (RAID 1 configuration)
  • 2 x Cisco UCS 82598KR-10 Gigabit Ethernet Network Adapter (Redundancy and Load Balancing)

Shared Storage

  • NetApp FAS 3240
  • Highly available with IOXM expansion module
  • 2 x DS4243 600GB drives with total capacity of 28.8TB
  • 2 X 512GB Intelligent FlashCache Module
  • 2 x Unified Target Adapter that enable all protocols to be carried over one wire

Dell Desktop Virtualization Integrated Solution Stack

Server Infrastructure

  • Dell PowerEdge Blades
  • 2 x Intel Xeon® E5600® Series (24 cores total)
  • 96GB DDR3-1333 Memory
  • 2 x 2.5″ 500GB Near-Line SAS Hot Swap Enterprise class 7.2K RPM (RAID 1 configuration)
  • 1 x Broadcom® 5709 Dual Port 1GbE NIC with TOE (Redundancy and Load Balancing)
  • 2 x Broadcom® 57711 Dual Port 10GbE I/O Card w/TOE & iSOE (Redundancy and Load Balancing)

Shared Storage

  • Dell EqualLogic PS6510E
  • 2 x Dual 10GbE controllers with a total of 4GB battery-backed memory
  • 48 x 3.5″ 1 TB 7,200 RPM SATA II drives (hot-pluggable)
  • Dell EqualLogic PS6010XVS
  • 2 x Dual 10GbE controllers with a total of 4GB battery-backed memory
  • 8 x 3.5″ 100 GB Solid State Drives (hot-pluggable)
  • 8 x 3.5″ 450 GB SAS disk drives 15.000 RPM (hot-pluggable)

In addition to the hardware infrastructure we also use supporting software components from McAfee and Splunk:

McAfee MOVE (Anti Virus / Anti Malware)

  • 1 x ePolicy Orchestrator Management Server 4.6
  • 3 x MOVE Management Server (Scan Engine)
  • McAfee MOVE Agents 2.0 (for virtual desktops)
  • McAfee VirusScan 8.8 (for XenApp workloads)

Splunk (real-time monitoring)

  • 2 x Splunk Indexer Server 4.2.3
  • Splunk Universal Forwarder installed on every virtual desktop and XenDesktop Controller

From a Citrix point of view are using a fully redundant hybrid XenApp 6.5 / XenDesktop 5.5 infrastructure as depicted below:

If you would like to see the infrastructure in action, make sure to visit the Desktop Transformation Center, where our data center will be on display within a big glass enclosure. For more technical insight and some real time statistics, check out the booths of our supporting vendors within the exhibition hall and visit the DTM Session Track.