The partnership with EMC enables users of VNX storage systems to scale out their XenDesktop deployments to as many as 1,000 virtual desktops per server/storage array.
Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS) is making the rounds for lining up new
intellectual property and partnership deals.
On May 25 at its annual
Synergy conference, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company revealed a new
agreement with storage giant EMC to optimize its XenDesktop for EMC's new VNX
unified storage systems.
The VNX packages were part
big 41-product launch last January
Several weeks ago, Citrix
and longtime partners Dell and VMware unveiled a group of new enterprise
. These VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) systems can be either cloud-based
or locally based and are comprised of prepackaged services with pretested
hardware and software.
Earlier this week, Citrix
revealed that it has acquired Cupertino, Calif.-based virtual-desktop software
for its popular VDI-in-a-Box product.
The latest partnership with
EMC enables users of VNX storage systems to scale out their XenDesktop deployments
to as many as 1,000 virtual desktops per server/storage array. Most VDI
deployments cannot serve up more than 200 to 300 desktops from one
"This is a new
reference architecture that showcases the tangible benefits associated with
implementing EMC's advanced unified storage systems in a virtual-desktop implementation,"
Eric Herzog, EMC's vice president of product marketing and management for the
Unified Storage Division, told eWEEK.
"This [XenDesktop] is a
great way to take advantage of our FAST Cache and NAND flash capabilities in
the VNX. There's little or no latency in this system. And there's no cost for
the software for VNX users."
VDI software can be downloaded here
EMC Fast Suite enables 1,000
virtual desktops to power on, achieve a steady state and register with the
XenDesktop controllers within about eight minutes, Herzog said.
At peak load and with high
IOPS being generated by a boot storm, the EMC VNX system requires only 20 SAS
drives and two flash drives in comparison to the 90 to 100 (nearly five times
more) SAS drives required by an equivalent competitive configuration without
flash drives to match this performance, Herzog said.