HP Client Virtualization Reference Architecture for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops on VMware vSphere

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As you consider deploying client virtualization across your enterprise, reducing cost and complexity are critical concerns. You want a simple, repeatable, validated client virtualization reference architecture that is proven to scale and operate cost-efficiently. The HP Client Virtualization (CV) Reference Architecture (RA) for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, formerly XenDesktop; addresses these needs by providing a validated blueprint for a complete, simpler-to-deploy, and ready-to-scale virtual desktop solution.

Unique in the industry, HP CV RA for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops client virtualization solution supports the server-hosted virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) model, as well as:

  • Hosted-shared desktops
  • Client-hosted desktop virtualization
  • Virtualized applications

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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops when integrated with HP BladeSystem, HP Storage and VMware vSphere provides a unique set of virtual desktop delivery models including: virtual desktop Infrastructure; hosted-shared desktops, client-hosted desktop virtualization and application virtualization. These models can be combined to provide optimal user experiences supporting a diverse set of user needs while maximizing the efficient use of the infrastructure.


Simplicity: Whether hosting a 100-user proof-of-concept or a 20,000 user production implementation, the building block remains the same. HP BladeSystem allows for the use of high scaling, distributed 2-socket servers in VDI implementations while maintaining a minimal amount of infrastructure to be managed. The result is a highly available, power efficient, simple to manage infrastructure that sacrifices nothing while delivering optimized costs, converged storage and networking, and simple scalability. This Reference Architecture provides validated configurations for a single BladeSystem enclosure containing the necessary compute, storage and network required to support 1,690 users and leveraging Virtual Connect across racks to support over 6,500 users. Each enclosure has all the servers, storage and network interconnects required to run Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

Network flexibility with reduced costs: Leveraging HP Virtual Connect technology to deliver network flexibility and performance while reducing costs is accomplished by migrating as much of the infrastructure and compute resources as possible to within the Virtual Connect domain.

Optimize storage price/performance: This reference architecture (RA) takes into consideration the unique characteristics of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Provisioning Services and personal vDisks and provides optimal configurations using the HP StoreVirtual VSA Software, a virtual storage appliance, that maximize the usage of lower cost Direct Attached Storage and minimize the use of higher-cost SANs.

Rich user experience: HP has a line of Citrix Ready zero and thin-clients optimized to take advantage of Citrix HDX technologies to deliver a consistent, rich end-user experience – delivering an end-to-end solution.

Target audience: This document is intended for IT decision makers as well as architects and implementation personnel who want to better understand HP’s approach to client virtualization. The reader should have VDI knowledge and understanding of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, VMware vSphere and vCenter, and as well as sizing/characterization concepts.