As a kid growing up in the 80s, I remember getting my first Sony Walkman and a few of tapes I’d listen to again and again ’til they were stretched and distorted.
Being raised on music from the 70s and 80s–some of the best in rock history–had a profound impact on me. As I grew older and my music tastes progressed, so did my collection of music. I started to get into rock, punk, hip hop and Chicago house music.
Playing cassette tapes on a boom box was “the BIG thing” back then. They were huge, clunky, and we thought they were awesome. Then came the Sony Walkman. And we were blown away. The Walkman–one of the first truly mobile devices–gave me a mobile music experience; I took it everywhere I went.
As I got older, my collection of music grew and the concept of mixing music and mashups entered. Fast-forward to 2015 and today’s virtually endless supply of storage media, the mobile mix experience can satisfy just about anyone.
One might ask, “What does mixing have to do with HP and Citrix?” And it’s a great question.
At Citrix Synergy 2015 and HP Discover 2015, Citrix and HP gave a sneak peek at the next evolution of HP Moonshot and Citrix. Citrites were walking from the Citrix booths to the Moonshot booth constantly demonstrating interested customers the VIP experience of the new Citrix Mobile Workspace offering on HP Moonshot on mixed cartridges.
As you may know, Citrix and HP have been working together on the HP Moonshot project since early 2013. Back then–when I was first exposed to the Moonshot platform–I knew, as well as others like Citrix’s David Cottingham, that it was unlike any we’d seen before. I was optimistic that, someday, it would deliver an amazing mix of micro-physical XenDesktop sessions, micro-physical XenApp machines sessions, and a hypervisor somewhere in that mix to help run any infrastructure workload all inside a single chassis.
Well, my fellow mixologists? The time has come and Citrix and HP are working to deliver the first micro-mixed workloads on the Moonshot platform. Let’s look at a few scenarios where this micro-mixed architecture may work for you.
Scenario 1- Physical desktops without the hypervisor
Imagine that you’re an organization, such as a university, and you have some developers and even students that need dedicated computing, network, storage, and graphics. But going down the desktop virtualization route with a hypervisor doesn’t suit your needs. In this case, HP Moonshot Proliant m700 running XenDesktop powered by the AMD Opteron APU may be the perfect fit.
When users need to be isolated and secured, so that the compiling of code–which can be CPU intense–won’t affect anyone else, then this is a great solution. In this scenario, the HDX Standard VDA can deliver a superior experience with AMD Radeon 8000 graphics.
Maybe you’re a service provider and need to deliver a tenant desktop that also can be separated at a physical level from others. In this case, the Proliant m700 cartridge serves that scenario well.
Scenario 2- Virtual apps and Hosted shared desktops with on demand bare-metal Intel graphics
While many users in a virtual desktop world have local apps loaded inside their golden image, delivering server-hosted apps with Citrix XenApp on the Proliant m710 cartridge can be done to help simplify application delivery.
For example, imagine that you’re a doctor and are already logged into your XenDesktop session on the m700 cartridge. You can use Citrix Receiver to select applications that are right next door to you in the same chassis on a cartridge hosted via XenApp! Cool, right?
With the HP Proliant m710 cartridge, the on-demand use of graphics can be used for those GPU-intense applications, such as Auto Cad and Adobe. End-users can immediately execute GPU-based apps which call upon the Intel E3 chipset with Iris Pro graphics without any wait time. Seamless applications, such applications that are WebGL-based can also benefit from having on-demand graphics with the Intel Iris Pro on the m710.
Many of those same Windows applications like SAP can also be delivered from Microsoft System Center 2012R2 using the Citrix Connector 7 for System Center to help automate the delivery of applications to each m710 XenApp server. This flexible architecture provides for a fast and easy method for building your micro XenApp machines on the m710 and makes application administration simpler when creating new XenApp instances. Of course, for those looking to the XenApp-hosted shared desktop approach, everything applies here, as well, and for service providers, this is a great add-on for delivering applications for tenants.
Scenario 3: low power with dedicated high compute and high graphics
Business verticals have many types of users in which a shared operating system model like XenApp might not be sufficient for running certain non-multiuser applications or high performance applications. In those situations, it might be best to deliver applications in a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 world with XenDesktop on bare-metal using the m710 without sharing the hardware. In an example like this, using Citrix XenDesktop, the Proliant m710 cartridge can also be leveraged to deliver a high compute HDX experience with either HDX Standard or HDX 3d Pro for users, such as stock trader or mechanical engineers. Each user has their own dedicated machine with dedicated Intel E3 processing and Iris Pro Graphics and has completely isolated desktop.
Small-scale classical VDI.
If you’re comfortable with a Hypervisor running virtual machines, then you’re in luck.
With the HP Proliant Moonshot m710 we can now run Windows 2012R2 with HyperV or Citrix XenServer 6.5 and also deliver virtual Windows client desktops. This design allows you to create and virtualize a handful of Windows client VMs when you have an immediate need to create desktops on a small scale.
Of course if you’re using XenServer 6.5 SP1, there is an added bonus of virtualizing the Intel Iris Pro GPU to share graphics card, as well, so check out David Cottingham’s session from Synergy 2015 to get the low-down there. For large-scale VDI with Citrix XenDesktop, the HP Converged Systems 7000 with XenDesktop provides a highly scalable blade solution with support for thousands of XenDesktop sessions.