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Virtualize any workstyle

HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V

Increase worker productivity from any device, anywhere, anytime

Solution brief

The new "work" paradigm

Until recently, "going to work" meant traveling to an office, and "going to a meeting" required packing up and traveling to a physical location. But with the advent of mobile computing devices, "working" and "meeting" have taken on a whole new meaning. No longer bound to an office, today's workers can do their job from virtually anywhere, using a wide variety of mobile devices. Adding to the changes in the current business climate are demands for real-time responses. Today's workers are expected to do more in less time, so they expect information to be delivered instantly. Meeting that demand is now attainable. But organizations may have considerations such as: ·IT and workforce support ·Complexity, compatibility and performance ·Operating costs ·Information security ·User experience Rather than try to meet the needs of this new business paradigm with an old computing model, many companies have found a much simpler, more flexible and cost-effective solution: virtualize the client. And today, HP, Citrix and Microsoft® make this important move to client virtualization safe and easy with HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V.

One of the new VirtualSystem solutions is the HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V. Delivered pre-tested, pre-configured and ready install onsite with customer-purchased Citrix XenDesktop 5.5, Platinum Edition, the HP VirtualSystem CV2 reduces the complexity of integrating and deploying client virtualization. With HP, Citrix and Microsoft you can get from concept to production to value faster than ever before.

Simplicity: with an integrated data center solution for rapid installation/start-up and easy ongoing operations ·Installed ready-to-use with software and infrastructure integrated and configured ·Simplified management with HP Insight Control ·Easily supported with a single point of contact for the entire solution Optimization: a tested solution tuned for client virtualization efficiency ·Based on an HP reference architecture with hundreds of hours of optimization testing ·Designed so that no storage data exits the rack, resulting in better performance and lower cost ·Engineered with exceptional power, cooling and storage efficiency ·No assembly required, with included HP services expertise Flexibility: easily scale out to meet precise business requirements ·Designed to support a broad range of users ·Support for up to 2000 (DAS) or 1200 (SAN) productivity users per rack

Simplicity, optimization and flexibility

Capable of supporting up to 2000 productivity workers with the Direct Attached Storage (DAS) configuration or up to 1200 with the Storage Area Network (SAN) configuration, HP VirtualSystem CV2 is designed from the ground up to be a complete, simple to deploy and ready to scale solution. The HP VirtualSystem CV2 includes a single rack that contains everything you need to support desktop virtualization including servers, storage, virtualization software, cabling, PDUs and HP Insight Control management software provisioned and ready to run. With the unique HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V solution, you benefit from:

HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop and Microsoft Hyper-V

What is client virtualization?

Client virtualization takes much of what is traditionally managed at the client/end user point, and centralizes those functions into the security of your data center. This way, your data is better protected, you can manage your systems more easily, you gain greater flexibility and your workers receive a better overall experience. And leading the way in client virtualization solutions is HP, together with Citrix and Microsoft.

Fastest time to value

By integrating best-in-class HP servers, storage, networking and management, HP offers a complete line of VirtualSystem solutions--all optimized for quick delivery and targeting the cloud, virtualization and mission-critical application areas.


Preferred client virtualization platform

A key component in your HP VirtualSystem CV2 solution is the virtualization software-- including the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. Hyper-V provides a dynamic, reliable and scalable virtualization platform combined with a single set of integrated management tools for managing both physical and virtual resources--enabling you to create an agile and dynamic data center. Hyper-V features include: ·Dynamic memory. Enabling you to better utilize memory resources by balancing how memory is distributed between running virtual machines ·Server consolidation. Run multiple virtual servers on a single physical system, while also maintaining isolation; enables lower total cost of ownership ·Business continuity. Minimizing both scheduled and unscheduled downtime, including time lost to routine functions such as maintenance ·Disaster recovery. Helping you quickly recover from natural disasters, malicious attacks and software conflicts ·Dynamic data center. With automated virtual machine reconfiguration, flexible resource control and quick migration, you can create a dynamic IT environment that uses virtualization to respond to problems and anticipate increased demands

Driving the virtual desktop revolution

Enterprises around the world are transforming their desktop environments from device-centric management to user-centric models where desktops and applications are delivered as an on-demand service--and XenDesktop 5.5 stands at the forefront of this revolutionary change. Whether users are task workers, knowledge workers or mobile workers, XenDesktop can quickly and securely deliver individual applications or complete desktops, on any device. With Citrix FlexCast technology, each desktop can be tailored to meet the performance, security and flexibility requirements of all users across the enterprise. The industry-leading HDX user experience rivals that of a local PC, even when using multimedia, real-time collaboration, USB peripherals and 3D graphics. Integrated WAN optimization capabilities boost network efficiency and performance even over challenging, high latency links. XenDesktop 5.5 means: ·Supporting any device, anywhere with Citrix Receiver ·Providing an HDX user experience ·Moving beyond VDI with FlexCast ·Accessing Microsoft Windows®, web or SaaS apps ·Delivering open, scalable, proven solutions

Infrastructure designed with the user experience in mind

Getting the most from your virtualization software means using infrastructure that's purpose-built for client virtualization. And that means choosing HP VirtualSystem CV2. Designed to reduce system complexity while also increasing IT automation and efficiency, HP VirtualSystem CV2 is comprised of the following best-in-class HP components: ·HP ProLiant BL460c G7 Server Blade. Supporting high user counts per host, as well as incredible density, HP ProLiant BL460c G7 optimizes power, efficiency and management. The ProLiant BL460c elegantly combines energy-efficient components, compute power and high density with expanded memory and I/O to deliver maximum performance. ·HP P4800 LeftHand SAN Solution for BladeSystem. Highly flexible storage solution, fine-tuned for client virtualization. The HP P4800 LeftHand SAN for BladeSystem is the industry's first enterprise, scale-out SAN managed with HP BladeSystem infrastructure tools, offering leading storage density, SAN high availability and performance. Leveraging HP Virtual Connect Flex-10, the HP P4800 dramatically simplifies your storage network. An all-inclusive enterprise-class software feature set includes thin provisioning, application integrated snapshots, Network RAID and Remote Copy.


·HP Virtual Connect. Wire-once, changeready infrastructure dramatically simplifies your network infrastructure from the server to the core--greatly reducing cabling and making network setup and monitoring a breeze. ·Citrix and Microsoft software. The HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V comes standard with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Data Center which includes Hyper-V.* Installation and support services for both hardware and software are included with HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper- V, however Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Citrix XenDesktop software licenses are not included and must be purchased separately. ·HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center. Time-smart management software delivers total control, maximum flexibility and tangible savings for HP ProLiant servers operating in Microsoft environments. Microsoft System Center is licensed and sold separately, allowing customers to utilize existing System Center licenses. HP VirtualSystem is characterized and tuned for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1.

* For customers that maintain Enterprise License Agreements, please inform your sales team so that your HP VirtualSystem CV2 takes advantage of your site license for the operating system. The software is installed and support is included. Installation and support services for both hardware and software are included with HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper- V, however Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and Citrix XenDesktop software licenses are not included and must be purchased separately from an Authorized Reseller. If your organization already has a Microsoft Volume License for System Center, consult with your internal software licensing specialist to assure that the new servers are covered by that license. Otherwise, refer to the "How to Buy" link at to determine how to purchase System Center licenses for the HP VirtualSystem servers.

Services and support

Complete your HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V solution with services and support, delivered by HP experts you trust. HP Factory Express Services. Unique service offering designed to help your enterprise get a better, faster return from your IT investment. In the factory, HP supervises the manufacturing and testing processes. With HP Factory Express, you can reduce deployment time with a tested, complete solution shipped from the HP factory and ready to install and deploy in your data center. HP Factory Express puts HP expertise to work for your business--saving you time, money and resources while it frees your staff to focus on your core business. HP Always-On Support. HP provides a single point of contact for supporting every component in your VirtualSystem CV2 solution, including servers, storage and networking. To ensure your virtual users receive the service level they deserve, HP recommends purchasing HP Critical Advantage Level 3 support. If you prefer, you can also choose from HP Support Plus 24, HP Critical Advantage Level 2, HP Proactive 24 Service or HP Critical Service. You can also add HP Proactive Select to ensure the highest system availability. HP Consulting Services. HP Start Service, included with HP VirtualSystem CV2, provides the installation and configuration of the components included in CV2 as well as customer-purchased Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 software. This allows you to focus on analysis of the current user state, application delivery and future desktop delivery models. Schedule a Client Transformation Workshop to clarify your strategy for virtualization and develop a roadmap to deliver business benefits.

To develop your implementation plan, discover your current usage and define the best candidates for client virtualization, order the Client Virtualization Analysis & Modeling service (CVAM). Once your new system is installed, HP can migrate your workloads onto the HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V, and help with deeper integration into your data center.

Take the next step

Contact your HP representative today to learn more about HP VirtualSystem CV2 for Citrix XenDesktop on Microsoft Hyper-V. Discover how this pre-configured, fully integrated solution can virtualize any workstyle, while also streamlining management, better protecting your information and lowering operating costs. For more information on this solution, you can also visit virtualsystem/client/citrix.

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