Dell has been shipping its servers with integrated options for XenServer or VMware ESXi for quite some time. Now, Dell has teamed up with Citrix to offer integrated VDI-in-a-box (Kaviza) as a product offereing.
DVS Simplified deploys as a single-server appliance that integrates Citrix® VDI-in-a-Box software v5.0, Citrix XenServer™ v5.6 SP2 and a PowerEdge™ R710 server.
Additional components and functions include:
- VDI Manager (VDI MGR) software: Creates and manages virtual desktops on physical servers, manages grid architecture. Runs as a virtual machine and is imported as a .xva or .ovf.
- Desktop agent (kDA): Agent software that communicates with VDI MGR about user login/logout and virtual desktop health. The agent software resides on each hosted virtual machine.
- XenServer hypervisor: Hosts all the Virtual desktops (client OS), Apps, kDA Agents, VDI MGR virtual machine. DVS Simplified leverages Citrix XenServer for the appliance hypervisor.
- Dell PowerEdge R710 server: Houses the virtual desktops. Pre-configured, optimized rack mount R710 servers power DVS Simplified.
Grid server architecture: Supports DVS Simplified with VDI Manager software that makes it easy to manage and scale.