With the recent updates to our v4 CSP Reference Architecture, and the release of the Cisco Validated Design for Citrix Service Providers based on our collaboration with Cisco and EMC, many of our service provider partners are now evolving their datacenter implementations to embrace the next wave of unique Desktops as a Service capabilities powered by Citrix.

Over the last year, as we worked through the larger designs and tests of this comprehensive, and by extension very complex solution, our Product, Solutions, Sales Engineer and Alliance technical teams began looking into a more basic design for evaluations and PoCs.  One that could be quickly configured at a very low cost, but that could also demonstrate the capabilities of some of the service provider centric technologies like Citrix App Orchestration (Multi-tenant Orchestration), CloudPortal Services Manager (Multi-tenant Provisioning and Self-Service), and the Citrix Usage Collector (subscriber usage and license monitoring).  The Citrix Service Provider Solution on Microsoft Hyper-V and Cisco UCS Design Guide is the result of those discussions.

 One of the most critical components to a successful desktop virtualization solution and unfortunately one of the largest costs in any data center deployment, whether for a Service Provider or an Enterprise is SAN storage.  While critical for at-scale production environments, Evaluation and Proof of Concept systems do not require such heavy artillery in many cases.  Working with the Citrix Solutions Lab we have created a CSP Design Guide for a lower cost sample environment.  This design is most appropriate for Evaluation and Proof of Concept projects, but in some cases it might be considered for a single app and desktop service type for a specific vertical application suite.  This design is based on a subset of capabilities within the broader Citrix CSP v4 Reference Architecture.  It uses only the Citrix Shared Delivery group multi-tenant isolation model, and leverages low cost local blade storage, to provide high density and low costs for evaluations and turn-key vertical oriented application and desktop services.

The solution referenced is built upon; Cisco UCS Blade Chassis and Blades, Microsoft CloudOS technologies, and Citrix XenApp, NetScaler and critical CSP solution stack components like App Orchestration and the Citrix Usage Collector.

The advantages of leveraging the Microsoft and Citrix software, and the power of the Cisco UCS hardware can be seen in the documents performance metrics. When successfully implemented, the concepts in this design guide can greatly reduce a CSPs storage, infrastructure and management costs, while enabling them to offer some of the most popular App and Desktops-as-a-Service delivery and isolation models in market today for a select set of use cases.

For more information on the complete Citrix Service Provide Reference Architecture and the additional capabilities it enables please go to:  https://citrix.gosavo.com/Document/Document.aspx?id=31046481&view=

Rob Briggs has posted an excellent overview blog for the recently released Cisco Validated Design for Citrix Service Providers.  Check it out. /blogs/2015/04/16/taking-daas-to-the-next-level-a-new-cisco-validated-design-for-citrix-based-daas/

Rob and Mike Brennan from Cisco will also be presenting a session at Synergy which I highly recommend: SYN405: Architecting innovation with Cisco and Citrix (best practices)

If you will be at Synergy I look forward to seeing you there!