VCE and Citrix Partnership for VDI Takes Off

The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) market continues to grow in leaps and bounds. VDI offers users instant access to virtual desktops through data center technology, as well as assists administrators by simplifying tasks, enhancing security and data protection and improving remote access. Late last year Computerworld cited a 2013 Gartner report, which predicted that hosted VDI deployments will comprise 15% of professional desktop users by 2014.[1] And Visiongain claims that the cloud-based VDI market was worth $13.4 billion in 2013.[2] Other studies, such as Research and Markets’ “Global Cloud-based VDI Market 2014-2018,” which forecasts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.51 percent in cloud-based VDI between 2013-2018,[3] show a growing comfort level with VDI among businesses that were previously hesitant to deploy VDI because of concerns over security and performance.

VCE Vblock Systems, specifically the Vblock Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications, provides exceptional performance, responsiveness and availability for VDI implementations while dramatically lowering costs.

Early this year VCE began partnering with Citrix, enabling Citrix to expand its VDI approach by integrating its technology with VCE converged infrastructure solutions. The VCE Vblock Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications as well as the Vblock System 300 and 700 were verified as Citrix Ready, and in parallel Citrix joined the VCE Technology Alliance Partner program, certifying two of its products as Vblock Ready:

  • Citrix XenDesktop v7.1 delivers virtual Windows apps and desktops as secure mobile services
  • Citrix NetScaler ADC v10.1 provides an all-in-one application delivery controller for high-speed applications, as well as numerous mechanisms for security and high availability through Citrix TriScale technology

VCE customers deploying Vblock Systems with XenDesktop will appreciate an optimal user experience with high availability, security and scalability with Citrix solutions. Customers will have clear visibility into their environments to help ensure seamless performance and maintain SLAs for any user, anywhere, on any device.

Citrix’s partnership with Cisco brings additional benefits to Vblock System customers. Functionality in Citrix NetScaler has been tightly coupled with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), which will provide customers with unprecedented control of their networks from a unique application-centric perspective.

Next week VCE is excited to be attending Citrix Synergy, where the team will discuss Vblock System VDI solutions. Stop by the VCE booth (#514) to find out more about the value of VDI on Vblock Systems.

See VCE at Citrix Synergy Los Angeles 2014 – May 6-8 – stop by booth #514.

Download the XenDesktop on Vblock Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications white paper to learn more. We’ll also be handing out copies of the white paper at our booth.

[1] Computerworld, “The growing importance and network impact of VDI,” August 2, 2013.

[2] Visiongain, “The Cloud-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Market 2013-2023,” November 28, 2013.

[3] Research and Markets, “Global Cloud-based VDI Market 2014-2018,” April 22, 2014.

About the Author: Peter Hammack