Paper: IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure with Citrix XenDesktop

Citrix and IBM have released a Reference Architecture called: "IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure with Citrix XenDesktop". The paper, which contains 56 pages describes a reference architecture for running Citrix XenDesktop 7 running on top of the IBM SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure. It provides an architecture overview and component model of the Citrix XenDesktop and then describes the deployment model of Citrix XenDesktop using different numbers of users on a variety of IBM hardware platforms including IBM Flex System, IBM PureFlex System, IBM System x, IBM networking, and IBM storage.


The paper contains the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Architectural overview
  • Component model
    • Citrix XenDesktop provisioning
    • Storage model
  • Operational model
    • Compute servers for virtual desktops
    • Compute server for hosted shared desktops
    • Management servers
    • Systems management
    • Shared storage
    • Networking
    • Deployment models
  • Bill of materials
  • Resources