Servers & Systems: The Right Compute

HPE and Citrix foster collaboration with Citrix VDI on HPE ProLiant servers

Learn the advantages of providing desktop access from remote locations and facilitating collaboration among distributed teams with a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution with HPE ProLiant servers and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

HPE and Citric-VDI-blog article.jpgGiven the increasing need for user mobility, not to mention data center space constraints, businesses are continuing to virtualize desktops. This makes today an ideal time to take a look at the advantages of providing desktop access from remote locations and facilitating collaboration among distributed teams—with a virtual desktop infrastructure solution (VDI) with HPE ProLiant servers and Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

Client virtualization is a key initiative for many IT organizations, driven in part by the promise of a flexible, mobile computing experience for end users and consolidated IT management. Your IT organization can consolidate the centralized infrastructure resources efficiently and apply all the necessary software updates in a shared location. And to significantly improve the user experience, you can run engineering, design, and business applications remotely by deploying a GPU-accelerated workload.

Why organizations look to client virtualization solutions from HPE ProLiant and Citrix

 Successful client virtualization environments based on HPE ProLiant servers and Citrix meet the goals set by IT and the business consumers that aim to:

  • Reduce distributed maintenance and administration expenses
  • Minimize license operating expenses of their distributed environment
  • Improve security and compliance

Key to these solutions are 360-degree security, manageability through intelligent automation, and overall performance optimization of server infrastructure. 

360-degree security

From the ProLiant compute infrastructure that hosts end-user sessions, to the networks that carry the protocol by which end users receive their experience, security is at the top of mind for any implementation of a virtualization environment. This is underlined by the enhanced holistic 360-degree security of ProLiant ecosystem.

Intelligent automation

Migrating new end-user resources into the data center means ensuring that the platforms that host those resources are highly manageable. This a key element of HPE ProLiant’s intelligent automation capabilities.

Performance optimization

The end user’s virtualized experience must be virtually identical to a local experience in order for the implementation to succeed. This means the underlying server platforms must be optimized to meet the critical performance requirements of the solution. The workload optimization capabilities of ProLiant servers ensure the maximum performance of the virtualization experience.

Know the VDI features and benefits

The combination of HPE ProLiant servers and Citrix gives you an enterprise-scale architecture for implementing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops that enables you to:

  • Visualize remotely hosted Windows® and Linux desktops
  • Enable a highly-responsive, feature-rich remote desktop experience
  • Reduce infrastructure complexity and costs through virtualization
  • Access centralized collaborative workflows from any mix of on-prem and cloud infrastructure.

Take a look at the HPE ProLiant components available for the solution

  • The HPE ProLiant DL380 server is a secure, resilient server that delivers world-class performance and versatility. This is an optimal solution for power-users and high-resolution content which takes advantage of NVIDIA’s superior API and offloading capability.
  • The HPE ProLiant DL360 server provides the highest density solution for knowledge-based users.
  • The HPE ProLiant DL560 server provides a density optimized platform that yields additional scalability. The HPE ProLiant DL560 is a good fit for large client virtualization environments with limited graphics requirements, or for mixed virtualization and client virtualization workload environments looking to limit platform counts.

This family of HPE ProLiant servers all offer the intelligent automation, management, security and performance demanded by client virtualization workloads.

See what Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops can do

Citrix is a pioneer in desktop and application virtualization technology, providing secure, compliant and powerful virtualization solutions. The Citrix is an application and desktop virtualization technology that enables users to access their desktops from anywhere on any remote endpoint.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops make the seamless delivery of these apps and desktops possible by employing a combination of Citrix product components which includes Citrix Delivery Controller, Citrix StoreFront, Citrix Workspace App, Citrix User Profile Management, Citrix Licensing and Citrix Virtual Desktop Agent. Citrix also supports a number of feature rich hypervisors and the customer choice could be driven by licensing, available skillsets, strategic initiatives, or graphics requirements. Citrix and HPE ProLiant servers support both Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere.

VDI solution summary

Your needs for VDI solutions span a wide variety of requirements. Security and mobility are key to delivering content, as are simplicity and  standardization, as well as performance and personalization including GPU acceleration.

HPE ProLiant DL380, HPE ProLiant DL360, and HPE ProLiant DL560 server platforms are ideal for any and all of these VDI workloads. With proven and significant technology enhancements, the HPE ProLiant platforms deliver a more secure, higher performance end-user experience. Add Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops, along with NVIDIA GPU, for VDI solutions that support a wide range of users from knowledge-based to power users.

HPE and Citrix strategic alliance

HPE and Citrix lead the market with differentiated joint offerings that accelerate the way we live and work. HPE and Citrix solutions enable our customers to maximize workforce productivity with secure, high-performing, natively hybrid solutions that fit in today’s multi-cloud and mobile world.

Learn more: HPE Reference Configuration for Citrix VDI on HPE ProLiant Servers

Mark Azadpour
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Mark is a senior product manager in workload-solutions team focusing on offload acceleration, virtualization, and VDI. His charter is to bring solutions to market with optimal TCO to enhance customer experience. He has several decade of experience in semiconductor, telecom, HPC, and storage. He has a PhD. in computer engineering, MBA, and PMP.