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Desktop Virtualization (On-Premises)

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Business Value of Cisco's Desktop and Application Virtualization Solution. (PDF - 270 KB)

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Build a Better Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Deliver virtualized desktops and applications with simplicity, scalability, and a superior user experience, built on Cisco Unified Data Center.

Cisco Desktop Virtualization Solutions, built on the Cisco Unified Data Center, deliver:

  • Simplified desktop operations with fewer servers and cables to manage
  • Scalable, predictable performance with a superior user experience
  • Faster payback and ongoing savings with an optimized infrastructure
  • Clear guidance for desktop virtualization with Cisco Validated Designs


Cisco and ecosystem partners have developed a comprehensive portfolio of reference architectures. These are aligned with specific IT environments and business goals, and address the traditional challenges associated with deployment of desktop virtualization. These architectures for desktop virtualization include:

  • On-Board Architecture: Server-resident, flash-memory-based storage for stateless, non-persistent desktops.
  • Simplified Architecture: Appliance-based storage model for environments without an existing enterprise-class SAN infrastructure.
  • Scalable Architecture: Highly expandable, resilient infrastructure for scale-out environments.
  • Integrated Infrastructure: Rapidly deployable, modular units of computing, storage, and network fabric.

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Learn how organizations like yours are benefiting from the simplicity, scale, performance, and cost-effectiveness of desktop virtualization with Cisco. Deploy desktop and application virtualization built on Cisco UCS and Unified Data Center.

Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

"Cisco management makes deployment incredibly easy with high levels of automation for the virtual environment. We can add additional capacity in hours, or scale out hundreds of desktops in minutes." - Rick Chapman, Co-Founder and CTO, Netelligent


"In the past, a desktop update would have taken five or six people four days. Using Cisco UCS preconfigured service profiles, in conjunction with VMware and NetApp rapid-cloning capabilities, enabled us to complete the same process in six hours" - Mike Cooper, Technology Coordinator, Oak Hills Local School District


"Previously, if one of our employees in the field needed to file a report at the end of the day, they would have to come into the office, involving up to an hour in travel time. Now they can go straight home and file it from there. The bandwidth is phenomenal. The Cisco VXI solution integrates really well with NetApp and VMware. To be honest, it would be hard to get it to work any better." - Mark Ferreday, Technical Architect, Tower Hamlets London Borough Council

Financial Services

"The possibilities for our Vblock solution are endless. It will give us much more agility as we expand into new markets and offer new lines of business, since less physical infrastructure will be required." - Raul Hidalgo, Infrastructure Manager, Banco Azteca

Legal Services

"For a law firm, time means money. With all the efficiencies we enabled with Citrix XenDesktop running on FlexPod, we ha€™ve certainly recouped our investment in these technologies." - Tim Haynes, Director of IT, Best Best & Krieger LLP

Service Provider

"We ran a proof of concept with a number of vendors, and Cisco UCS came out on top. In particular, UCS scored highly for ease of management and scalability, which were critical factors for our large and dynamic VDI environment. Also, because it comes pre-integrated, we knew it would work with all the other components from day one." - Luca Ferrandino, Data Center Application Manager, WIND


"We're looking to take advantage of the next generation of virtualization. And [our Cisco] partnership will enable that with a private cloud solution that we can extend across our health system" - Bill Lewkowski, CIO and Executive Vice President, Metro Health


"Since implementing Cisco UCS and Tegile, our IT staff is spending less time fixing system issues and more time addressing customers' needs. We're saving 43 percent on equipment and personnel support costs over previous years." - Jim Ibister, VP Facility Administration, Minnesota Wild


"We have simplified the footprint in our rental locations, with several thousand desktops removed and replaced with thin clients. Service desk management and work throughput has decreased dramatically as a direct result." - Paul J Bermingham, Vice President Global Infrastructure Services & IT Business Partner, Hertz International

  • Hertz (VMware) (PDF - 549 KB)Adobe PDF file

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