Project Accelerator guides users towards a successful deployment of XenDesktop, XenApp and XenClient. It is founded on the Citrix Consulting best practices documented in the Virtual Desktop Handbook and the testing completed by the Citrix Solution Labs team. As you proceed through the web application, you have opportunities to get advice, leverage additional tools, customize your design and receive deliverables tailored to your requirements.

We’ve been working hard to improve the “Sizing and Deployment Plan” deliverable and make it even more useful. Our work with the Project Accelerator UX team focused on five enhancement requests:

An example project rendered using the old sizing table is shown below:

The same sample project rendered using the new “Sizing and Deployment Plan” is shown below:

Here are just some of the ways that the new “Sizing and Deployment Plan” will help you make more informed decisions about your next Citrix deployment:

  • Filter hardware requirements by datacenter to determine whether you have sufficient resources in place or need to buy / relocate hardware.
  • If you don’t have the budget to implement all user groups in one go. Use the new interactive table to deselect user groups until the recommended hardware requirements fall within your budget. We’ve made it easy for you to see what the hardware requirements are for each user group. A good tip is to start by deselecting user groups that have a higher recommended deployment order (RDO).
  • Change the hardware specification and quickly see the overall impact to hardware sizing. You can change the hardware specifications used within each pool / cluster by navigating to Design -> Step 3: Data Center -> Hardware:

Hopefully, you’ll find it easier to determine hardware requirements using the new “Sizing and Deployment Plan.” Let us know what you think in the comments below.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Kitti Lakner (User Experience Designer) for deciphering my requirements and turning them into a clean and simple table. I also want to thank Chris Pagel (Product Manager) for performing the user research that validated the benefits of the updated “Sizing and Deployment Plan” and the Project Accelerator Dev Team for making the new sizing table a reality.

Andy Baker – Senior Architect
Worldwide Consulting
Desktop & Apps Team
Virtual Desktop Handbook
Project Accelerator