Citrix XenDesktop on Nutanix is a powerful solution that offers unrivaled user experience, simple
administration, and web-scale flexibility and economics. In this reference architecture, we make
recommendations for the design, optimization, and scaling of XenDesktop deployments on
AHV. We used Login VSI and an intelligent scripting framework on Nutanix to simulate real-
world workloads in a XenDesktop environment. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform offers
high IOPS and low latency. Our testing demonstrates that host CPU resources drive desktop
user density, rather than concerns about I/O or resource bottlenecks—you can easily deploy
150 knowledge worker desktops per node, with four nodes per 2RU appliance. In addition to
desktop and application performance reliability, when deploying XenDesktop on Nutanix you get
unlimited scalability, data locality, AHV clones, and a single datastore. Nutanix also takes the
Citrix commitment to simplicity to another level, with streamlined management, reduced rollout
time, and lower operating expenses.
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