Free Tool: XenDesktop VDI Calculator

Andre Leibovici has released a XenDesktop VDI calculator. Andre already build a VMware View VDI Calculator and has decided to take some of the same algorithms and apply them to Citrix XenDesktop. Some of the features include:

  • Support for multi-core hosts
  • Support for 32 bit display resolutions
  • Support for vSphere 5.0
  • Support for 3D
  • Support for calculation of Pooled and Dedicated desktops
  • Support for MHz per VM
  • Support for VM Swap files in local storage
  • Support for Delivery Controller High Availability
  • Support for IOPs calculation based on Workload IOPS, RAID Type and Read/Write ratio
  • Support for calculation of virtual machine memory overhead
  • Support for use of VM memory reservation
  • Support for hypervisor memory overhead
  • Support for VM memory overhead
  • Support for Host calculation based on Desktop State when Not in Use (On, Suspend, Power Off)
  • Support for Storage calculation based on Desktop State when Not in Use (On, Suspend, Power Off)

Keep in mind the the hypervisor used in these calculations is VMware vSphere and the desktop delivery mechanism is Machine Creation Services (MCS). Andre is already working on another calculator that leverages Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) and the delivery mechanism. I’m hopeful that he can also provide a choice of using XenServer as the hypervisor of choice as well.

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