Deploying a data center solution is somewhat like watching a suspense thriller: it’s hard to predict exactly when the villain is lurking around the corner. Similarly, integrating infrastructure components (such as compute, networking, and storage devices) without skilled direction is sometimes subject to unforeseen risks. And integration mistakes can be costly, resulting in downtime and further delays in provisioning.
To eliminate many integration unknowns, Cisco and NetApp have collaborated on the FlexPod® Data Center, a predesigned architecture that combines Cisco® Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, Cisco Nexus fabric, and NetApp® storage systems. A soon-to-be-released Cisco Validated Design (CVD) makes it easy to deploy Citrix desktop virtualization solutions with confidence.
This CVD describes a reference architecture that combines the FlexPod Data Center with Cisco UCS Mini, NetApp FAS2552 hybrid storage, VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5 Update 2, and Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 software.
The CVD creates a flexible building block for Citrix desktop virtualization that’s ideal for mid-sized companies or enterprise-edge environments such as remote satellite sites and branch offices. IT administrators can use Cisco UCS Manager along with UCS Central to centralize ongoing management, even across a large number of geographically distributed locations.
The CVD documents best practices, step-by-step deployment instructions, and scalability test results that can help customers rapidly deploy an effective Citrix desktop virtualization solution. The Cisco UCS Mini platform enables compute density that provides impressive scalability for hosted shared desktops and pooled hosted virtual desktops in several mixed workload scenarios.
If you’re interested in the CVD, we’ll post a link soon (like the villain in the thriller, it’s lurking just around the corner). Follow us on Twitter and we’ll let you know when it’s released.