Mountain climbing is a challenge that yields a high reward once the objective is achieved - to reach the summit. As any mountaineer will tell you, the secret to a good ascent is proper preparation and guidance. Similarly, implementing a largescale EUC solution is not without its challenges. The difference between a successful deployment and a problematic one comes down to planning and skilled direction. Integration mistakes can be costly, resulting in downtime and further delays in provisioning.


To eliminate integration challenges while providing linear scalability, Cisco and NetApp have collaborated on the FlexPod® Data Center, a predesigned architecture that combines Cisco® Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, Cisco Nexus fabric, and NetApp® storage systems. A soon-to-be-released Cisco Validated Design (CVD) makes it easy to deploy Citrix desktop and application virtualization solutions with confidence. This CVD describes a reference architecture that combines the FlexPod Data Center with Cisco UCS, NetApp AFF8080EX flash storage, VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 Update 1, and Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.7 software.




The CVD creates a flexible building block for Citrix desktop virtualization that’s ideal for enterprise-sized companies. IT administrators can use Cisco UCS Manager along with UCS Central to centralize ongoing management across multiple domains and locations.


The CVD documents best practices, step-by-step deployment instructions, and scalability test results that can help customers rapidly deploy an effective Citrix desktop and application virtualization solution. The Cisco UCS platform enables compute density that provides impressive scalability for hosted shared desktops, non-persistent/pooled hosted virtual desktops, and persistent hosted virtual desktops in several mixed workload scenarios.


The pinnacle of all Citrix-based FlexPods is just around the summit.

UPDATE, released: CVD FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix XenDesktop/ XenApp 7.7 and VMware vSphere 6.0 for 5000 Seats - Cisco   Related Blog Announcing a New EUC CVD: FlexPod Datacenter with Citrix XenApp/XenDesktop 7.7 and VMware vSphere 6.0 for 5000 Seats

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— Frank Anderson, Senior Solutions Architect, Cisco Systems, Inc. (@FrankCAnderson)