Desktop virtualization. Everyone agrees it’s the next great thing. And everyone has been saying so for some time. There are just two problems with anointing desktop virtualization the hot technology of today: Cost and scale. Today Cisco and Citrix announced a joint solution (Cisco Unified Computing combined with Citrix XenDesktop) that goes a long way to enabling cost effective server hosted virtualization at a scale that makes business sense. Simply put, Cisco and Citrix see this as an opportunity to chase the compute and networking costs out of desktop virtualization while enabling deployments that can gracefully scale deployments to tens of thousands of desktops based upon business need not product demands.
But don’t take my word for it. Here are a couple of VPs discussing why Cisco and Citrix are the perfect partners for enabling cost effective desktop virtualization at the scale of business:
Or if you’d prefer a straight economic argument, we believe that Cisco UCS results in over 20% savings over competing solutions while delivering 60% greater desktop density per server without witnessing any of the performance degradation that comptetitve systems face under heavy loads. Here’s the blow-by-blow on the TCO discussion:
|1,500 Seats||Cisco||Vendor A||Vendor B|
|Server Networking and Infrastructure||$48,129||$64,437||$93,128|
|Compute – Management Nodes||$13,621||$19,883||$20,157|
|Compute – Desktop Nodes||$247,708||$289,325||$264,102|
|Cost per Seat for 1,500 Seats||$206||$249||$252|
|5,000 Seats||Cisco||Vendor A||Vendor B|
|Server Networking and Infrastructure||$102,425||$128,873||$186,256|
|Compute – Management Nodes||$27,242||$39,766||$40,313|
|Compute – Desktop Nodes||$825,692||$964,417||$880,339|
|Cost per Seat for 5,000 Seats||$191||$227||$221|
Even better, all of this cost savings arrives before you even consider the OPEX savings made possible Cisco UCS. For instance by creating pre-populated UCS Manager Service Profiles for XenDesktop, Cisco is enabling customers to get started with desktop virtualization deployments in seconds. And by creating Starter Packs and Expansion Packs, Cisco and Citrix make it trivial for customers to scale deployments to the appropriate size. Plus, with the technologies like VN-Link, Cisco UCS enables greater observability and security for desktop virtualization deployments.
And for even more info on the joint solutions, including video data sheets, white papers and a detailed look at the reference architecture, check out the launch page.
We couldn’t be more excited to make this announcement with Citrix.