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Dell EMC XtremIO

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XtremIO is an all-flash-array with many unique capabilities that shifts the paradigm in desktop virtualization with XenDesktop.

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Compatible with

  • XenDesktop 7.6
  • XenServer 6.0
  • XenServer 6.0.2
  • XenServer 6.1
  • XenServer 6.2
  • XenServer 6.5
  • XenServer 7.0


  • Citrix Virtual Desktops (XenDesktop)
  • Citrix Hypervisor (XenServer)


Product Details

XtremIO delivers a much faster and more enjoyable user experience to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, formerly XenDesktop end users at a lower $/desktop than traditional storage or other flash arrays. By leveraging innovations such as high-performance data reduction and flash-optimized data protection, XtremIO radically lowers the $/desktop while bringing high performance to PVS Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops. It provides unprecedented simplicity and acceleration to ongoing administrative activities such as desktop rollout and maintenance and enterprises gain the ability to deploy full clones with the efficiency of linked clones. With XtremIO, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops has no limits and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops projects will roll out faster and with assured success.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops and EMC’s all-flash XtremIO storage array are solutions for desktop virtualization and enterprise storage respectively. Together, they provide better end user experience and unprecedented ease of administration for any Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops deployment.


5,100 virtual desktops provisioned on 2 XtremIO X-Bricks were rigorously tested with the following results:

  • The total IO requirements of 5,100 concurrent knowledge worker desktops never exceeded a small fraction of the total IO capability of the two X-Bricks. The results were remarkably similar for both campus users accessing virtual desktops over a high speed low latency campus LAN and remote branch office users over a low bandwidth high latency WAN link (both simulated).
  • The end user experience was better all throughout with average storage response times of sub-1milisecond. There was no evidence of any IO hiccups or write cliffs over months of testing.
  • Administrators simply configured XtremIO in three simple steps and left it running. During normal desktop operations most IOs to XtremIO was random WRITEs but there was no cache sizing or tuning required at any time.
  • The entire deployment occupied 66% less space due to XtremIO’s inline data reduction technology yielding the better desktop economics