XenDesktop on Cisco UCS enables Best Scalability

Cisco have worked with Citrix to verify more variants of its UCS servers into HCL including the B-series blade servers along with the existing C-series Rack-mount servers, which help provide a superior Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D pro experience with Citrix XenServer 6.2 using NVIDIA GRID K1 and K2 cards. The XenServer Hardware Compatibility Listing for the same can be found here.

Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) is in popular demand among datacenter and cloud administrators given the end-to-end services and applications it provides. UCS delivers significant architectural flexibility, infrastructure flexibility and business agility with the power to scale up to 160 blades in a single Cisco UCS management domain, significantly reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO).

The Cisco UCS B200 M3 is a third generation half-slot, two-socket blade server which has latest Ivy Bridge EP CPU processor that goes up to 768 GB of RAM (using 32 GB DIMMs), two optional SAS/SATA/SSD disk drives, and up to dual 4x 10 Gigabit Ethernet throughput utilizing Cisco VIC 1240 LAN on motherboard (LOM) design. Existing customers also have the option to field upgrade from their Sandy Bridge EP processors.

Citrix XenServer 6.2 is widely known as an industry leading open source platform integrated with Citrix CloudPatform and Apache CloudStackand is built on an open and resilient cloud architecture.

This additionally supports hardware accelerated vGPUs for customers using NVIDIA cards.When combined with Citrix XenDesktop with HDX 3D Pro, this combination enables a rich and vivid user experience for rich 3D applications, delivering newer levels of manageability, performance, energy efficiency, reliability and security. A Cisco and NVIDIA solution brief can be found here.

If you are interested in this solution, this link has all the information for Cisco Desktop Virtualization with XenDesktop and XenApp and NVIDIA GRID. It also contains handy case studies describing how the solution has been deployed to solve challenges in industries such as healthcare and universities.

Cisco have also invested in and recently published a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) available here, for a 2,000 seat virtual desktop infrastructure deployment that uses Citrix XenDesktop 7.1 built on Cisco B200 M3 server blades with NetApp FAS 3250 and Citrix XenServer 6.2, full details are available here.

I am a member of the Citrix XenServer QA Team responsible for the certification and testing of Citrix products with partner hardware. My previous blogs can be found here and contain detailed information regarding other partner solutions, reference architectures and verification process details.