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Nimble VDI Solution


Earlier this spring we had completed one of our Virtual Desktop references architectures with Citrix XenDesktop and Nimble Storage.

Superior performance, Infosight, VMVision, Resiliency and Redundancy features of Nimble Storage was demonstrated leveraging an AF5000 array.

The reference architecture goes through various test cases leveraging a load (LoginVSI) of 5000 XenDesktop users on a Nimble All Flash A5000 array. The 5000 users comprises of a mixture of persistent, non-persistent Desktops and XenAPP users.Superior performance with average Sub-millisecond latency was seen through the test cases. There were also 2 tests cases which demonstrated Nimble Storage's Resiliency and Redundancy during an active VDI workload.

The following uses cases where validated,

  • 5000 knowledge worker user (2vCPU, 2GB) workload
  • Boot storm of Virtual Desktops
  • Nimble Storage Controller fail-over under load 
  • 3 x simultaneous SSD failure under load
  • Transparent application migration between Adaptive and All flash arrays

For more details and results of use cases please refer the following whitepaper,

Citrix XenDesktop Reference Architecture

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