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Optimizing Citrix® XenDesktop® for High Performance by Craig Thomas Ellrod

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Chapter 5. Network Optimization

You've learned about XenDesktop architectures, terminology, concepts, components, and sizing, as well as the fundamental component–the hypervisor. You've also learned about memory optimization and how the hypervisor can be the bottleneck or the key to performance. Now, we will look at how the virtual hardware operates in relation to XenDesktop with regard to networking. In this chapter, we will cover:

  • The XenDesktop nugget
  • Network virtualization
  • Traffic separation
  • Quality of service
  • VMware virtual networking
  • XenServer virtual networking
  • Hyper-V virtual networking

XenDesktop® nugget

Network traffic in XenDesktop is not that high. In a steady state test, traffic on a single NIC for 5,000 users peaked at 2 Gbps for the desktop ...

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