Citrix XenDesktop Modular Reference Architecture

Citrix has just released a new reference guide for XenDesktop.

Many IT organizations are looking for a better way to manage desktops. The continuous cycle of imaging, patching and upgrading a myriad of physical devices dispersed throughout the organization
is costly, time consuming and frustrating. With the ever increasing push to be more agile and flexible IT organizations are increasingly looking to desktop virtualization as an alternative to traditional
desktop management solutions.

Hosted Virtual Desktops (HVD), also referred to as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), refers to the process of running an end user desktop inside a virtual machine that lives on a server in the
datacenter. HVD is only one model of desktop virtualization. Different types of workers across the enterprise have varying performance and personalization requirements. Some require simplicity and
standardization while others need high performance or a fully personalized desktop. XenDesktop can meet all these requirements in a single solution with Citrix FlexCast™ delivery technology. With
FlexCast, IT can deliver every type of virtual desktop, hosted or local, physical or virtual – each specifically tailored to meet the performance, security and flexibility requirements of each individual
user.

With so many options, creating an all encompassing architecture could take years to design and implement. However, this document demonstrates a proven approach that simplifies the design andarchitecture of the XenDesktop implementation. The different desktop delivery models are discussed and broken out into a series of discrete modules that can be combined as needed to create a solution that’s tailored to each environment’s unique needs.
The modular approach presented offers the best options for building large-scale deployments, starting with modules and scaling all the appropriate contents with high-availability and best TCO.

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