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HP Client Virtualization and Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 advance virtual desktop management

Architecture_Citrix_PlatformGuest blog written by Kirk Manzer, Technologist and Architect, HP Client Virtualization Engineering




Today, Citrix announced the release of XenDesktop 5.6. The New Personal vDisk technology and Microsoft System Center 2012 integration in this release make the design, deployment and ongoing management of virtual desktops seamless in existing operations for a smooth migration to Windows 7 and beyond.


XenDesktop 5.6 is the latest product release from Citrix that builds on their strategy to deliver desktops to all users more easily and less expensively, than ever before:


  • It’s about being able to deliver more use cases and supporting all user groups in an organization through enhancements to existing delivery models such as Pooled VDI with Personal vDisk, as well as, delivering cool new mobility features such as making it easier to use Windows apps on mobile devices and tablet optimized Windows desktops.


  • It’s about making it easier for organizations to accelerate their move to desktop virtualization with updated integration with existing desktop management systems and new desktop transformation assessment tools from Citrix.


  • It’s about driving costs lower as seen by 1) new storage savings of up to 65% obtainable by combining pooled VDI and Personal vDisk and 2) reduced IT management overhead with new single image management capabilities (formerly tech preview only) when using XenClient and Synchronizer.


In the current always-on environment, mobile workforces need to receive and exchange information rapidly, reliably, and securely. Ensuring an improved end-user experience requires optimization across the entire virtualization solution—including compute, storage, and networking. Last fall, HP announced the VirtualSystem for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V – designed to reduce deployment times and provide consistent performance, energy savings, simplified management, and improved desktop security.


  • HP selects the best server, storage, and networking infrastructure and completes all performance testing, sizing, system integration as well as installation to speed deployment of virtual desktop infrastructures by up to 6 months.


  • With the industry’s only self-contained client virtualization solution which includes pre-configured storage and networking, HP eliminates the need for multiple administrators, resulting in simplified management and up to 33% increase in IT productivity.


  • Increase energy efficiency up to 35 percent by dynamically adjusting utility usage of changing workloads with HP Thermal Logic technology.(1)


  • Maximize security by managing and controlling data access via a single system in the data center. Eliminate potential breaches and  improve desktop security by 95 percent versus traditional desktops.(1)


  • Streamline management for storage, virtual and physical servers via a single console with HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center.
  • Customers experience up to 30% higher performance by removing unnecessary switches and separate fabric interconnects that add hops and latency; and instead, communicate between HP Blade servers and storage at 10Gb backplane speed.


Customers can easily upgrade this solution to Citrix XenDesktop 5.6.  Software can be purchased from any Citrix authorized reseller.


These best-in-class solutions deliver value at a level that cobbled-together components and poorly coordinated partnerships cannot approach. HP has the largest number of Citrix certified server platforms and continues to provide leadership performance in virtualization benchmarks—see HP ProLiant Benchmarks for more.


For more information about HP client virtualization solutions, visit www.hp.com/go/cv


(1) Compared to non-virtualized environments

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