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February 3, 2010

Citrix enhances desktop virtualisation

Improves scalability across multiple desktop virtualisation models

By CBR Staff Writer

Citrix Systems said that it has enhanced scalability across multiple virtual desktop delivery models, in move to address the needs of users in the enterprise at a lower cost.

According to Citrix Systems, the XenDesktop 4 with FlexCast delivery technology has been verified to offer up to 125 VDI-based desktops, 500 hosted shared desktops and 5,000 local streamed desktops from a single physical server.

Citrix said that the new scalability tests were designed to use a mainstream server configuration. Desktop workload simulations incorporated a real-world mix of line-of-business apps, office productivity apps, web browsing and multimedia.

In addition, the company also made available reference architecture for large-scale deployments that can help guide organizations who are looking at rolling out virtual desktops to a broad set of users. It is based on XenDesktop implementations and provides a baseline model for a modular approach to designing and scaling; and enables customers to assemble a desktop virtualisation architecture tailored to each environment’s unique needs.

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Raj Dhingra, group vice president and general manager of the XenDesktop product group at Citrix, said: “We’ve doubled the user density for the fastest growing virtual desktop delivery type using Intel Xeon processors. And with the release of XenDesktop 4, we are able to drive far better ROI by providing organisations with a wide variety of virtual desktop delivery models that can address every use case in the enterprise.

“With the flexibility that FlexCast brings to XenDesktop, along with the improvements in scalability across delivery models, we are making desktop virtualisation ready for mainstream enterprise-wide adoption.”

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