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Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 on VMware 5 with Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform HDS

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Use Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi Compute Blade 2000 to validate by supporting a Microsoft Windows 7 virtual desktop infrastructure using Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 and VMware 5.

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Compatible with

  • XenDesktop 7.1


  • Citrix Virtual Desktops (XenDesktop)

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Hitachi Data Systems Global Services offers experienced storage consultants, proven methodologies and a comprehensive services portfolio to assist you in implementing Hitachi products and solutions in your environment.

This solution used Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning on Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform. This simplifies the management of the storage through the use of wide striping and on-line expansion of dynamic provisioning pools.

Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform and Hitachi Compute Blade 2000 connected to the SAN through two Brocade 5300 switches. Each of the server blades in the desktop block had two Fibre Channel connections with one connection to each Brocade switch. This provided redundancy and load balancing. VMware native multipathing round-robin was used to balance the I/O across both connections.Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform used four Fibre Channel connections, with two connections to each Brocade switch.

The goal of the validation was to characterize the performance of the solution and its component subsystems in its basic and after scaling it larger.


UCP Select for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, formerly XenDesktop create the ultimate foundation for the transition to VDI. Organizations gain a predictable, low-risk VDI deployment that provides performance, availability, management, data resilience and scalability. By addressing the most demanding server virtualization and storage challenges, Hitachi Data Systems reference architectures and high-performance storage solutions address extensive data growth and highly transactional, input/output-intensive VDI applications

With UCP Select for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, you can achieve:

  • Achieve a high-performance infrastructure that delivers predictable, reliable and repeatable results with a certified solution stack.
  • Efficiently scale from a pilot project to thousands of desktops with unique converged infrastructure design cells
  • Enable resource deployment as needs increase, and upgrade in phases with predictable results