By Rob McDonald, Senior Manager, Solutions Marketing, NetApp
Momentum Continues with FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix XenDesktop
We’re excited about our continued progress in the market with FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix XenDesktop. Our relationship with partners such as Citrix has never been stronger, and that can be directly linked to our ability to provide comprehensive solutions that solve our customer’s problems. FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix XenDesktop is a perfect platform for cloud and mobile solutions, and this enables our customers to respond to initiatives and market conditions more rapidly, with less risk and no compromises.
Customers Benefit from Mobility and Cloud
Today, Citrix announced new versions of Citrix XenApp® and XenDesktop®. These products enable delivery of mobile, Windows, web and SaaS apps, providing customers the benefit of integrated storage and file sharing support for ShareFile. The enhancements to XenApp and XenDesktop in the areas of security, experience and management will make a great solution even better.
Our joint customers say it best….
Running Citrix XenDesktop on FlexPod Datacenter enables Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck to realize the promise of VDI— enhanced workforce mobility, simplified management, better security, and scalability—without compromising on performance or availability, all while staying within a limited IT budget.
“We’re providing a much better user experience by delivering VDI in a FlexPod environment that runs NetApp Flash Pool, significantly improving the productivity of our attorneys and staff,” Rick Thompson, CIO, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP.
KIVBF is one of the most important IT service providers for over 600 cities and counties in the southwest of Germany. As a full-service provider, KIVBF offers IT solutions to the local authorities based on a central IT infrastructure. They offer their services through a virtualized data center by using a cloud-technology approach based on FlexPod®. This solution enables self-service delivery, broad network access, a high degree of scalability, and productive use at a rate of 99.95% for our clients. This is the first public data center in Germany of its kind.
“Our vision is everyone can use our solutions from everywhere every time with any device I think that every government has to go to the secure cloud,” William Schmitt, CEO, KIVBF.
The market trend towards converged infrastructures is becoming more prevalent. According to IDC more and more customers are shifting toward integrated systems at a growth rate of almost 33%. Customers’ value integrated systems because they bring validated, proven platforms that deliver on the promise put forth by the integrators. And, Citrix, NetApp and Cisco are paving the way to meet this growing need.
We are excited about Citrix announcement today and how our partnership continues to evolve.
 FlexPod is a converged compute, networking, and storage solution developed by Cisco® and NetApp.