Converged Infrastructure

Citrix hosted desktops--powered by HP Moonshot

Written by Citrix Guest Blogger Kevin Strohmeyer, Director Product Marketing, Citrix

 

Veterans of server-based computing and VDI are all too familiar with the complexities of buying and deploying desktop virtualization. Great strides have been made to simplify the sizing and configuration of desktop virtualization infrastructure, but ultimately, when you build and deliver shared resources, you should carefully consider how those resources will be used; and decide how much excess capacity you need to ensure peak usage can be supported.

The distributed nature of PCs, coupled with management challenges of patching and updates plus the vulnerability of unsecured, sensitive data has left IT looking for a better answer. This brings us right back to centralized desktop virtualization.

 

The HP ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops with Citrix XenDesktop is a new as well as unique type of desktop virtualization. Instead of just leveraging a hypervisor to abstract the OS from hardware, XenDesktop streams an OS right to bare metal to dedicated microsystems with dedicated CPU, memory and graphics all neatly arranged in a rack mount chassis. This eliminates the overhead and complexity of abstracting the hardware and managing VMs. This also eliminates the system overhead required to share those resources leaving more power for the desktop. All in all, the solution presents a very interesting alternative to VDI.

 

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The HP ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops is an all-in-one compute, storage and networking system based on HP Moonshot, delivering 180 desktops for Citrix XenDesktop environments.  The system provides an independent, remote PC experience with business graphics and multimedia performance essential for mainstream knowledge workers, and all while delivering up to 44% improvement in TCO and 63% lower power requirements.  Other benefits include:

  • Predictable, fixed cost per user reduces OPEX
  • Independent compute and graphics delivers consistent end user performance 
  • Deploy with Citrix XenDesktop in approximately 2 hours

 

At the same time, this solution is great example of the power of FlexCast technology from Citrix. And that power is reflected in the way the FlexCast management infrastructure is designed to promote these innovative solutions that leverage common image management, profile management and app virtualization in a common delivery architecture. The unique Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) technology that enables bare metal and just in time OS provisioning provides all the benefits of VDI without hypervisor management.

 

What makes this solution most interesting is the ease of purchasing and deploying. There is no configuration work required to figure out how much hardware or storage to purchase,  you simply buy as many systems as you need and rack and stack as you grow from the first 180 desktop on up. This alone could make this solution very attractive to organizations desiring the security and management of centralized virtual desktops, but who want to avoid the management of virtual infrastructure.

 

If you are attending HP Discover in Barcelona this week, come by to see the ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops in the Discover Zone. 

 

Learn more about the new HP ConvergedSystem 100 for Hosted Desktops.

 

 

 

 

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