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Citrix ® XenDesktop Deploying XenDesktop with Tintri VMstore™ TECHNICAL SOLUTION OVERVIEW, Revision 1.1, November 2012
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Table of Contents Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 1 Before VDI and XenDesktop .......................................................................................................................... 1 Critical Success Factors ................................................................................................................................. 2 Planning for Desktops and Applications ................................................................................................... 2 Server and Storage Infrastructure ............................................................................................................ 2 Solution Architecture Overview .................................................................................................................... 3 Rapid Provisioning, Cloning and Recomposition .......................................................................................... 4 Key Operations Dependent on Storage .................................................................................................... 4 Uniquely Powerful and Efficient ................................................................................................................... 5 Thin provisioning, In-line Data Deduplication and Compression .............................................................. 5 Automatic VM Alignment ......................................................................................................................... 5 Additional Information .................................................................................................................................. 5 Tintri VMstore Overview ........................................................................................................................... 5 NFS and vSphere Best Practices ................................................................................................................ 5 Summary ....................................................................................................................................................... 6
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1 Introduction CITRIX XenDesktop is a leading desktop virtualization solution that delivers users’ desktops and applications to their favorite devices, whenever and wherever they needed. Centralized images at the heart of a XenDesktop deployment are efficiently maintained and updated as-needed by system administrators. XenDesktop presents desktops and applications to client devices through Catalogs . Whether users are accessing lightweight mobile applications or industrial strength engineering applications, the concentrated demands on the core network, server, and storage resources necessitates a closer look at how VDI works, and what steps must be taken to ensure a successful deployment. Among the key pillars supporting a virtual desktop infrastructure, such as XenDesktop, the Hypervisor (host) servers, and networking, the storage platform serves as the foundation upon which the entire deployment is built. Poorly implemented, storage can cripple a VDI deployment. Consequently, many companies over-provision costly traditional storage in an attempt to mitigate risks. This paper briefly discusses how Tintri VMstore can empower XenDesktop in the most demanding of VDI deployments, predictably, reliably, and cost effectively. Before VDI and XenDesktop The prevailing pre-VDI big picture largely consists of centralized servers, and “thick” clients, such as PC’s. The maturation of virtualization and VDI has turned the tables so that it is not only feasible to centralize rich computing experiences like Windows and other desktops; it is becoming an economic imperative.
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