Dell and Citrix Kaviza VDI-in-a-Box Reference Architecture Guide
Desktop virtualization is a proven methodology for delivering a rich computing experience from centralized data centers. In desktop virtualization the desktop OS, user applications, user preferences and data are decoupled from the client device giving IT the ability to deliver desktops to multiple devices, improve operational efficiency and security, and ultimately enhance end user productivity. Dell™ Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DDVS) delivers enterprise computing to virtually any end user computing device, anytime, anywhere – while reducing IT management complexity. DDVS is designed to ease design and implementation complexities and address each organization’s unique business, user, and IT requirements. By accelerating adoption of desktop virtualization organizations can adapt to the dynamics of
today’s more mobile and global workforce and take advantage of the consumerization of IT. Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions combine high-performance desktop virtualization software with Dell hardware platforms, PC, Thin and Mobile client devices, and Dell Services to provide secure end-user computing, increased systems efficiency, and simplified deployment–without compromising centralized IT control.
Kaviza VDI-in-a-box, now from Citrix, provides a simplified all-in-one cost effective solution enabling smaller entities with limited budgets and IT staff to leverage the benefits of desktop virtualization. VDI-in-a-box integrates connection brokering, load balancing, desktop provisioning, high-availability and management functions into a single package that runs on servers with local storage. VDI-in-a-box also delivers anytime anywhere access with built-in support for Citrix® HDX™ to provide a rich user experience. VDI-in-a-box is compatible with VMware® vSphere/ESX and Citrix® XenServer™ hypervisors. This paper provides general sizing guidance and configuration recommendations for implementing a Dell virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution powered by Kaviza VDI-in-a-box and Citrix® XenServer™ infrastructure. This configuration combines Dell™ PowerEdge™ R710 servers with VDI-in-a-box software to create a resilient VDI solution capable of providing an end user experience that is the same or better than a traditional PC desktop.