Dell and Citrix have developed a unified communications reference architecture to help organizations achieve cost savings and efficiencies when enabling collaborative services. Combining the mobility and flexibility benefits of application and desktop virtualization from Citrix XenDesktop with the communication and collaboration abilities from Microsoft Lync, enterprises are able to deliver a dynamic virtual workspace that truly enables a work anywhere with anyone environment.

Addressing the increasing geographical dispersion of the modern workforce and its high demand for real time collaboration. Citrix and Dell have developed a reference architecture to address this industry demand and showcase how joint solutions enhance workforce productivity by allowing employees in different physical locations to communicate “in person” through face-to-face conversations over live video conferencing, audio chat, and instant messaging. This joint reference architecture details the process and solutions partners need to help their customers deliver resource efficiency and control, while providing simplified management, security, collaboration and desktop delivery optimization.

To facilitate effective collaboration, implementation of Microsoft Lync for unified communications services is essential. Lync provides instant messaging (IM), application sharing, audio/video/web conferencing and VoIP telephony. It can help companies reduce travel and mobile phone expenses to lower operational budgets while increasing communication and creativity among employees and key stakeholders.

This reference architecture defines the solution’s technical architecture and hardware requirements, considers design constraints, discusses relevant risks, issues, assumptions and concessions; and provides solution sizing, scaling and component relative to delivering Lync 2010 applications within a Citrix XenDesktop environment.

The reference architecture includes performance testing for Lync 2010 client applications running within a XenDesktop 5.6 virtual desktop environment. Dell PowerEdge servers host XenDesktop virtual desktops, as well as application and infrastructure services. Dell Wyse thin-client devices serve as endpoints.

Learn more on this reference architecture.

If you have any questions or want to know more please reach out to Liz Fueller.

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