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IBM and Atlantis Computing join forces to deliver optimized solutions for Citrix XenDesktop and Citrix XenApp (Part one)

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Customers have been asking for integrated solutions that simplify the deployment of desktop virtualization and reduce their deployment risks. After seeing the real-world impact of Atlantis ILIO on some of IBM’s largest customers, IBM decided to develop an integrated solution using IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System with Atlantis ILIO for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp. Together, the joint solution is able to deliver simplified VDI architectures that scale efficiently, reduce the cost per desktop and, most importantly, ensure the success of IBM customers.

IBM has identified five key challenges faced by their customer base in VDI deployments and teamed up with Atlantis Computing to address the most critical obstacles to successful desktop virtualization implementations:

  1. High cost and complexity of the storage and network infrastructure required to deploy desktop virtualization
  2. User experience requirements that need to be equal to or better than a PC
  3. Deployment risks such as storage sizing and implementation mistakes that derail projects
  4. Management at scale for tens of thousands of users
  5. High availability and disaster recovery to protect from system failures and natural disasters

Together, IBM PureFlex System, IBM Flex System and IBM Storwize® V7000, IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node or IBM FlashSystem with Atlantis ILIO storage optimization software delivers a unique solution that addresses the challenges of deploying VDI. The integrated solution consistently delivers high desktop performance as projects scale, while reducing storage requirements by up to 95 percent.  Built on fully validated reference architectures tested at the IBM Innovation Center, this virtual desktop solution provides flexible deployment options that scale to tens of thousands of users.

  • Lower than PC cost – saves hundreds of dollars per desktop as storage capacity and performance requirements are reduced by up to 95 percent with Atlantis ILIO optimization software.
  • Better than PC user experience – cost-effectively delivers better than PC performance including faster boot/login times, near-instant application launches and search speeds that will amaze users.
  • Lower project risks – proven and flexible solutions that scale to tens of thousands of desktops without the risk of storage or network bottlenecks, while enabling high availability and disaster recovery.
  • Management at scale – automated deployment and configuration that reduces mistakes.  Simplified architectures that lower the operational costs and performance risks of deploying persistent VDI.

The IBM and Atlantis Computing for Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp

Every organization has unique business and technology needs. IBM PureFlex System, IBM Flex System and IBM FlashSystems with Atlantis ILIO optimization software are designed to address a broad range of desktop virtualization requirements through smoother integration with Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp using integrated solutions. The solution provides the flexibility to meet the requirements of any customer, while simplifying deployment by using integrated building blocks to maximize resource efficiency. IBM and Atlantis Computing have developed three simplified and customizable reference configurations designed to provide unparalleled cost and performance, while addressing scalability and flexibility requirement of each desktop virtualization model:

1.   IBM PureFlex System and IBM FlashSystem with Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI

The following configuration is designed to support one thousand persistent virtual desktops with Citrix XenDesktop. The configuration scales to tens of thousands of virtual desktops by adding additional nodes.

  • One IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis with IBM Flex System Manager
  • 11 IBM Flex Compute Nodes 2 x Intel Xeon processors (E5-2600s) and 384GB of RAM
  • One IBM Storewize v7000 storage controller with 8x 400GB SSD drives and 8 x 600GB SAS drives or a One0TB IBM FlashSystem 820 for virtual desktops (including user profiles and data) and infrastructure storage
  • Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI storage optimization software for one thousand persistent VDI users

For more details on each solution, download the solution brief here:

IBM PureFlex and Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI Solution Brief.

2.   IBM PureFlex System and IBM FlashSystem with Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI

The following configuration is designed to support one thousand concurrent stateless virtual desktops with Citrix XenDesktop. The configuration scales to tens of thousands of virtual desktops by adding additional nodes.

  • One IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis with IBM Flex System Manager
  • OneOne IBM Flex System Compute Nodes 2 x Intel Xeon processors (E5-2600s) and 256GB of RAM
  • One IBM Storewize v7000 storage controller with 12 x 600GB SAS drives or a 10TB IBM FlashSystem 820 for user profiles and infrastructure storage (no disk storage required for virtual desktop images)
  • Atlantis ILIO Persistent VDI storage optimization software for one thousand stateless VDI users

For more details on each solution, download the solution brief here:

IBM PureFlex and Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI Solution Brief.

3.   IBM PureFlex System and IBM FlashSystem with Atlantis ILIO for Citrix XenApp

The following configuration is designed to support one thousand concurrent virtualized Citrix XenApp sessions. The configuration scales to tens of thousands of virtual desktops by adding additional nodes.

  • One IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis with IBM Flex System Manager
  • Nine IBM Flex System Compute Nodes 2 x Intel Xeon processors (E5-2600s) and 256GB of RAM
  • One IBM Storewize v7000 storage controller with 8 x 600GB SAS drives or a 10TB IBM FlashSystem 820 user profiles & data (no disk storage for XenApp Server instances required)
  • Atlantis ILIO for Citrix storage optimization software for one thousand Citrix Sessions

For more details on each solution, download the solution brief here:

IBM PureFlex and Atlantis ILIO for Citrix XenApp Solution Brief.

Atlantis ILIO In-Memory Storage technology

Atlantis ILIO In-Memory Storage technology optimizes the way storage-intensive applications use data center storage when virtualized – to reduce the amount of storage consumed, optimize use of shared storage, boost performance, and reduce operational risks. Today, Atlantis ILIO is the only solution on the market that enables the deployment of both Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Citrix XenApp with no physical storage for virtual desktop images. Deployments use server RAM as primary storage leading to better than PC user experience at a lower cost, while automating installation, storage sizing and datastore creation to reduce implementation risks and deliver working deployments faster.

Want to know more? For technical details of the three solution approaches, including test results, check out part two.

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