Hi, I’m Rob Briggs, VDI Reference Architect within the NetApp Microsoft Technology Group.
As Mike Truitt and Bryon Surace of Microsoft discussed in their MMS Track Session, the first official Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track 2.0 Validated Design has been released. The NetApp & Cisco “FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud” has been validated with Citrix XenDesktop to introduce a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution on top of the, already validated, Microsoft Private Cloud solution. It is fully integrated with Microsoft System Center 2012 and Citrix XenDesktop 5.6.
Utilizing the NetApp/Cisco FlexPod solution architecture, Microsoft System Center 2012 and Citrix XenDesktop 5.6, we have been able to create a building block “pod” for VDI environments that is the most scalable solution on the market. With Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS) and NetApp’s Storage Efficiencies and Enhanced Performance, the team has been able to scale and validate one FlexPod unit to 2000 Virtual Desktops with all necessary support infrastructure built “in box”.
This validation of scale took place in Microsoft’s Enterprise Engineering Center in Redmond with contributions from Microsoft, Citrix, Cisco and NetApp. Here is a summary of some of the key findings from this initiative:
Here is a diagram of the FlexPod stack we used for test in the Redmond lab:
There are plenty of additional details & valuable information in the Cisco Validated Design (CVD) document published today. This CVD, “FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud – Validated with Citrix XenDesktop”, includes full testing results and detailed deployment instructions for this VDI solution, and can be found at www.netapp.com/microsoftsolutions.
This VDI solution, including all hardware and software components, is shipping NOW! Please take some time to visit us at NetApp’s MMS Booth 221 or Cisco’s MMS Booth 300. Or visit us online at www.netapp.com/microsoftsolutions and www.cisco.com/go/microsoft.