Citrix has collaborated with Boston to leverage its Supermicro-based hardware stack for designing a robust and scalable XenDesktop architecture.
Citrix has collaborated with Boston to leverage its Supermicro-based hardware stack for designing a robust and scalable Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, formerly XenDesktop architecture.
The solution works using software components such as Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops 7.1 in combination with Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 and Windows Storage Spaces. The hardware stack includes rack-based servers equipped with SATA 6Gbit/s 7mm 2.5” SSD for hosting the IOPS hungry write cache and dual Intel Xeon E5 series processors for servicing the hosted shared desktop workloads catering for heavy task-based and knowledge workers. The architecture eliminates the need for SAN and relies on traditional JBoD (Just a Bunch of Disks) managed by Windows Server 2012 clustered file services for hosting user data.
Running Citrix services on Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2 significantly enhances the functionality of the operating system, applications, and desktops being delivered to users. Windows Storage Spaces is being eliminated to make way for better management and provisioning of new storage features.
The construct of this Citrix-validated solution is based on many decisions made during validation testing. Testing was carried out using the Login VSI 4.0 Virtual Session Indexer (VSI), an industry-standard tool for user/session benchmarking. Login VSI allows comparisons of platforms and technologies under the same repeatable load. The “medium” VSI workload is expected to approximate the average office worker during normal activities and was the workload used throughout testing.