Citrix Synergy 2014 Presentation SYN257 – The sky’s the limit with Moonshot! Insider information on implementing XenDesktop on HP’s revolutionary platform

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I recently presented a session at Citrix Synergy 2014 SYN257 ( Below is the description of the session with the attachments and images from the slide deck.

Speaker Dane Young (@youngtech), Solutions Architect, Entisys Solutions (

SYN257: The sky’s the limit with Moonshot! Insider information on implementing XenDesktop on HP’s revolutionary platform

In 2013, HP began a journey to revolutionize the cloud, big data, social and mobility landscape with a new class of servers: Project Moonshot. The game has now changed with a focus on hosted desktop infrastructure (HDI), made possible with AMD x86 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU)-based cartridges. These cartridges provide four systems with CPU, GPU, RAM and SSD in a system on a chip (SOC) architecture. In this session you will learn tips, tricks and best practices for implementing Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro on HP Moonshot from key experts behind this disruptive new technology.

Additional topics to be covered include:
• Moonshot 1500 chassis, interconnect modules and ProLiant m700 Kyoto cartridge overview: 180 desktops in a 4.3U configuration!
• Moonshot HDI integration with Citrix XenDesktop HDX 3D Pro using OpenGL 4.1 and DirectX 11
• User experience demonstration and performance results using common Login VSI workloads and leading monitoring solutions

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If you have any questions, comments, or just want to leave feedback, please do so below. Thanks for reading!


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  1. RolfRolf05-15-2014

    Hi Dane
    Great Presentation, thanks. I have a question to slide 19. You put the Write Cache on the local HDD of the Node (iSSD). As i know that this works, the target of the Write Cache File must be NTFS formatted. So how do you format all the iSSD of all the Nodes in the Moonshot System before you start provision the Images?

    Thanks for an answer.


    • Dane YoungDane Young07-27-2014


      HP pre-formats the SSDs as NTFS in the factory. Also, if you’re using modern PVS (7.1, etc.) you can use the new Write Cache to Memory with Spillover to Disk! This will of course render even better performance, and the Moonshot nodes have 8GB RAM, plenty to spare for a 2GB WC!


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