More on the EMC, Cisco and Citrix 5000 on vSphere CVD (Cisco Validated Design) in 30 minutes

UPDATED May 26 – New links included Mike Brennan’s latest blog going into the testing and details of the CVD –

Scaling CVD for XenDesktop and EMC on Cisco <—-NEWEST Version of the paper!!!!

Back a few months ago I shared about the joint reference architecture that was able to boot and login 5000 users in 30 minutes. Using the Cisco UCS running VMware vSphere, with Citrix XenDesktop and an EMC VNX 7500. Cisco and Citrix answer a few questions with Craig Chapman on the joint validated design in this video:

I really like this layout and it usually takes pretty pictures to get me interested. Here is a high level overview of the design.





Some of the original CVD links:

CVD Paper – 5000 User VDI with EMC, Cisco, Citrix and VMware
Mike Brennan’s blog about 5000 VDI users

Updated May 2013
Solution Brief from Cisco 4000 Users

Update May 24, 2013 – More links:

Mike Brenner blog on the CVD
Scaling CVD for XenDesktop and EMC on Cisco <—-NEWEST Version of the paper!!!!



Come to the EMC World HoL -Thats Hands on Labs

It is always exciting to hear a bunch about what is new in Cloud, Big Data, and Information Storage but what if you could actually play with them before taking them back to work?

The EMC World Hands on Labs are here for you! These are Self-Paced labs that should take around 60 minutes.

Lab Hours:

Monday: 11:00AM- 9PM
Tuesday: 7:00AM 6:30PM
Wednesday: 7:00AM 5:00PM
Thursday: 7:00AM 2PM
*Note: Doors close 30 mins before the end of each day


Available Labs

LAB01 SRM Suite Visualize, Analyze, Optimize
LAB02 VNX with AppSync Lab: Simple Management, Advanced Protection
LAB03 EMC Software Defined Storage (SDS)
LAB04 Atmos Cloud Storage: Mature, Robust and Ready to Rock
LAB05 EMC NetWorker Backup and Recovery for Next Generation Microsoft Environments
LAB06 Flexible and Efficient Backup and Recovery for Microsoft SQL Always-On Availability Groups
using EMC NetWorker
LAB07 Easier and Faster VMware Backup and Recovery with EMC Avamar For the Storage Administrator
LAB08 Automated Backup and Recovery for Your Software Defined Data Center with EMC Avamar
LAB09 Taking Backup and Archiving To New Heights with EMC SourceOne and EMC Data Domain
LAB10 Optimizing Backups for Oracle DBAs with EMC Data Domain and EMC Data Protection Advisor
LAB11 Operational and Disaster Recovery using RecoverPoint
LAB12 Achieving High Availability in SAP environments using VMware ESXi clusters and VPLEX
LAB13 VPLEX Metro with RecoverPoint: 3-site Solution for HighAvailability and Disaster Recovery
LAB14 Introduction to VMAX Cloud Edition
LAB15 Replication for the VMAX Family
LAB16 Performance Analyzer for the VMAX Family
LAB17 Introduction to the VMAX Family
LAB18 Storage Provisioning and Monitoring with EMC Storage Integrator (ESI 2.1)
and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
LAB19 EMC|Isilon Compliance Mode Cluster Setup, Configuration, and Management Simplicity
LAB20 EMC|Isilon Enterprise Ready with OneFS 7.0 Enhancements
LAB21 RSA Cloud Security and Compliance
LAB22 VMware vSphere Integration with VNX
LAB23 VNX Unisphere Analyzer
LAB24 VNX/VNXe Storage Monitoring & Analytics For Your Business Needs
LAB25 VNX Data Efficiency
LAB26 VNXe Unisphere Administration & Snapshots
LAB27 EMC VSPEX Virtualized Infrastructure for End User Computing
LAB28 Collaborative Big Data Analysis with the Greenplum Unified Analytics Platform
LAB29 Manage Your vCloud Suite Applications with VMware vFabric Application
LAB30 Discover VMware Horizon Workspace
LAB31 Deploy and Operate Your Cloud with the VMware vCloud Suite

As you can see, three is clearly something for everyone. Storage (hey it IS EMC World), Security, Big Data Collaboration, VMware, Horizon, Cloud Suite and VSPEX! All awesome.

Sneak peak


What a great new addition to the EMC World interface! Everything is on demand and running the very best of VMware, EMC and VCE.

Backend Infrastructure Details


The backend infrastructure is run out of our massive Durham data center, with the infrastructure being based on VCE Vblock architecture. *Note: we are also running eight XtremIO bricks to serve up the content.

  • EMC Data Center: Durham North Carolina

  • EMC: Storage (VNX & XtremIO)

  • Cisco: Servers (UCS) & Networking

  • VMware: vSphere 5.1 & vCD

Management & Monitoring Showcase (You KNOW you love Dashboards)


If you are just amused by blinking lights (I know I am) check out the displays in the HOL showing the backend HOL Cloud infrastructure:

  • EMC SRM Suite:

    • ProSphere

    • Watch4Net

  • EMC XtremIO

  • VMware vCOPS

Finally Win an Apple TV


I have an Apple TV now I wish I had 2. So do a lab and get entered to win!