It has been fun to work with my Citrix friends Seth Roth, Drew Tipton, Roland Lee and my NetApp friends Neil Glick, Will Strickland and Rob Briggs on this 5 thousand seat reference architecture. Happy reading!
This reference architecture documents the design, deployment, and validation of a Citrix Desktop Virtualization solution which included Microsoft Hyper-V and SCVMM 2012, HP blade servers, NetApp storage arrays, and Cisco networking.
It was found that a single NetApp FAS3270 storage could reliably host storage for at least 2020 XenDesktop 5.6 virtual desktop VMs virtualized on Hyper-V using the iSCSI storage protocol.
NetApp FAS3240 storage were utilized for the common infrastructure storage in this environment. These storage systems hosted iSCSI LUNs for the common infrastructure Hyper-V Cluster, SQL database storage, and User Profile storage. They also hosted NFS volumes for test client storage.
Next phase, we will work on a large scale Xendesktop reference architecture with NetApp clustered OnTap.