With the year nearly over, it’s now time to give attention to Citrix® XenDesktop® 7 scalability testing in conjunction with my colleagues at Cisco, Microsoft, and EMC. Over the last seven months, we’ve been collaborating to design, build, and validate a reference architecture for an affordable virtual desktop infrastructure that scales. The results of our work will culminate on December 23rd when Cisco plans to release a brand new Cisco Validated Design (CVD) for Citrix XenDesktop 7 built on Cisco UCS blades, EMC VNXe storage, and Microsoft Server 2012 with Hyper-V.
This pending release is exciting for a number of reasons. For starters, it is the first of several CVDs that are in the works based on the new unified Citrix XenDesktop architecture. The XenDesktop 7 architecture provisions both hosted shared desktops (RDS) as well as hosted virtual desktops (VDI) using consistent set of tools and common policies. In our validation testing, we simulated a mixed workload of hosted shared desktops and pooled desktops typical of many customer environments.
The most exciting aspect of this CVD, however, is the record-setting user density that the configuration sustained as we scaled the number of seats. This means that customers can initially deploy a small-scale desktop virtualization solution as a part of a strategic initiative and then cost-effectively scale the configuration upwards to support larger user populations.
If you’re interested in our scalability results, I’ll post more on December 23rd, including a link to the actual CVD.
— Frank Anderson, Principal Solutions Architect with Citrix Worldwide Alliances