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Effectively calculating Storage Requirements: HP ProLiant and Citrix VDI-in-a-Box

Author:  Frank Anderson, Citrix Systems


HP ProLiant servers & Citrix VDI-in-a-Box combine to allow low-cost easy to deploy Desktop Virtualization solutions. By providing simple and efficient storage options, combining these product sets create turnkey solutions that makes VDI deployments simple efficient and easy to manage.


First in its class: the new HP Client Virtualization Reference Architecture with RemoteFX

The first true-client virtualization reference architecture from HP takes out the complexity and risk of deploying this new technology.

VMworld keynote Dr. Stephen Herrod - desktop virtualization

Dr. Stephen Herrod kicked off today’s VMworld keynote with VMware View, and for me, that made desktop virtualization the theme of my day.

I’ve been thinking about VDI technology off and on for a couple of years. I’ve always thought about VDI running a desktop workload in a VM on a server, but I never really thought about that same image running in a type 1 hypervisor on a client device. I can see now how that’s a great way to complete the spectrum of client virtualization.

As cool as VDI and client computing looks, I consistently hear how difficult it is to get it right. That’s why there seems to be a lot of guarded optimism about the new VDI reference architecture HP announced yesterday. This is the best way I’ve seen to put lots of backend performance and reliability without sacrificing scalability and flexibility. A big component of this is the LeftHand Networks technology that provides high performance shared storage across literally hundreds of hot-plug drives without the cost and complexity of Fibre Channel – addressing at once three of the biggest traditional challenges to VDI. Add to that Virtual Connect Flex-10 with the ability to dynamically reallocate network bandwidth, and now many of the networking challenges are now history.

I am especially optimistic about client virtualization as something that can accelerate corporate migrations to Windows 7. Let’s hope that transition goes smoothly!

Doug Strain

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