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Desktop virtualization / VDI architecture in the real-world, the next corporate desktop
Daniel Feller (bio) is a Lead Architect for the Worldwide Consulting Solutions team at Citrix Systems.
He is charged with helping organizations architect the next-generation desktop, including desktop virtualization, VDI, client hypervisors, and application virtualization. Dan explores this topic on his Ask the Architect site.
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Determining IOPS for Virtual Desktops
Description: If Windows XP is still your desktop operating system of choice and it is going to be used within a virtual desktop environment, you need to optimize it appropriately. The optimizations will help deliver a better user experience and greater scalability on the hypervisor of choice (XenServer, Hyper-V, or ESX).
Description: The architecture explained within this white paper is a recipe for creating a scalable XenDesktop environment using any required FlexCast option. This reference architecture discusses how to configure the controllers, imaging layer, applicaiton layer and the desktop layer.
Description: In environments where desktop virtualization is a critical business resource, it is imperative that the solution remains available even if a component or data center is lost. This reference architecture looks at all levels of the entire XenDesktop solution, and provides an architecture for creating a highly-available solution.
Description: Implementing a desktop virtualization solution oftentimes requires an investigation and implementation of the high-availability options. This white paper provides step-by-step instructions for enabling high-availability in XenDesktop within a single site and across multiple sites.
Description: Trying to decide between virtual desktops and virtual applications is oftentimes challenging. By understanding the core expectations and requirements for each delivery method helps make this decision easy. This white paper focuses on the decision and how to identify the most appropriate type of delivery solution.
Publish Date: 07 Jul 2009
Designing an Enterprise XenDesktop Architecture for 10,000 UsersDescription:This white paper creates a recommended solution for an organization based on their unique requirements and workforce characteristics. In brief, the organization is a worldwide organization with 10,000 users spread across four global data centers with users located in corporate offices, regional offices, small branch offices, home offices and virtual offices.
Publish Date: 05 May 2009
Simplifying Application Delivery into the Virtual Desktop ? Reference ArchitectureDescription: Virtualizing applications from a desktop is a proven method for reducing the number of required desktop images. This not only eases management but also makes the solution easier to implement. This reference architecture provides an example of how Citrix XenApp can seamlessly integrate applications into a virtual desktop seamlessly through numerous application delivery approaches.
Publish Date: 20 Mar 2009
Simplifying Application Delivery into the Virtual Desktop ? Getting Started GuideDescription: For those familiar with Citrix XenApp and wish to leverage the infrastructure, the Getting Started Guide provides a high-level framework for the seamless integration. The white paper focuses on XenApp farm modifications and Citrix Receiver configuration, which results in an end-to-end solution for desktops and applications.
Publish Date: 20 Mar 2009
Description: Organizations that have built or are building a XenApp application delivery solution are able to quickly leverage their infrastructure to greatly simplify and speed up implementation of virtual desktops. This implementation guide shows step-by-step how to complete the integration successfully.
Date: 08 Mar 2010
Date: 16 Dec 2009
We've heard the debate from numerous people across numerous platforms... Should I use TSE or VDI for my organization? When should I use XenDesktop if I already have XenApp? What type of virtual desktop do my users require? What options do I even have? This is a big question and one that deserves a good discussion.
Once you decided to use XenDesktop as your VDI solution, how do you create your enterprise design? Would you believe there are essentially 4 things you need to know in order to create your XenDesktop design? Based on those four items, you can design the entire infrastructure. Listen to find out what they are and how to do it.
Once a XenDesktop solution is designed and built, it?s time to move users over to the virtual system. The cutover needs to be smooth and seamless for the users or else they will revolt. The migration will take time, and could give the users a bad first impression of the overall solution if it is not done correctly. This TechTalk looks at the challenges and potential solutions to solving your migration woes.
Virtual desktops don?t just mean the ones that are hosted in the data center running on a hypervisor. A virtual desktop could be running on a workstation device. A challenge with the virtual desktop model is offline mobility. How do you allow users to remain productive even when there is no network connection? This TechTalk focuses on the application portion of the offline challenge.
Description: A lot of talk lately is virtual desktop this and virtual desktop that. Well, this TechTalk is also focused on the virtual desktop, but looks at the XenApp portion. How can and should we use XenApp to make the virtual desktop solution easier? What best practices are there for application delivery and integration into XenDesktop? Tune in to find out.
Discussing the proper fit for Desktop Virtualization with Michael Keen and Eric Perkins
Michael Keen and Eric Perkins take part in this discussion about
desktop virtualization, VDI and customer implementations. Both of
these guys have very strong feelings around desktop virtualization and
whether it is the right approach and best approach. This podcast
Guest: Michael Keen (Alliance Technologies) and Eric Perkins
Date: 4 Dec 2009
Download: 13.0 MB
Designing 60,000 virtual desktops with Doug Demskis (Citrix Consulting)Doug Demskis, Sr. Architect for Citrix Consulting, details the architecture for a 60,000+ XenDesktop environment. Doug not only focuses on the overarching architecture of the solution, but also discusses required changes to an organization going down the desktop virtualization path. In this podcast we discuss:
Download: 13.1 MB
Architecting 40,000 VDI users/1,000 in production: A discussion with CSC's Sandy Kingdon
Sandy Kingdon, Dynamic Desktop Architect for CSC's Dynamic Desktop initiative, provides an insider's view into one customer's VDI implementation. Ultimately planned for 40,000 users, Sandy discusses the overall architecture, the production implementation of the first 1,000 users, plans for scaling to 10,000 users by year-end 2009 and the challenges of introducing a desktop virtualization model. In this podcast we discuss:
Download: 3 MB
About This Site
Welcome to the Ask the Architect - Next-Generation Desktop community
Take part in this community to offer your insights and experiences, because that is the only way we all will learn and benefit. If you have desktop virtualization architecture questions, please email AskTheArchitect@Citrix.com and you might see your question answered in an upcoming Ask the Architect video.
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