Happy holidays ! 1 Comment

2013 has been a very busy year again, I met up a lot of known faces around the world and so many new people as well. This is always very nice to fly over and share knowledge at the same time as learning new things. 2014 promise to keep us busy as well and I just hope to have a bit more time to write and post everything I want to share with the community. I wish you all Happy holidays and a merry Christmas !

Geek Speak at Synergy 9 Comments

This is soon USA Citrix Synergy time, despite the recent event of Synergy in Europe cancellation, I want to share with the one who will be able to come the link to all the Geek Speak sessions. A lot of these sessions will be led and / or have CTPs among the speakers. See you in there ! SYN501: Geek Speak Tonight! (Both sessions) http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN501&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN502: Persistent VDI: real-world solution or empty promise? http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN502&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN503: Data everywhere and still no visibility: how to consolidate your Citrix data for greater insights http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN503&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN504: Hands off my gold image! Automate XenDesktop and XenApp images using free tools http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN504&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN505: From Windows app to mobile app in 10 easy minutes http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN505&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN506: May the best protocol win: an independent comparison of Microsoft RemoteFX and Citrix HDX http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN506&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN507: Reducing desktop infrastructure management overhead using “old school” tactics http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN507&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN508: The “wow” factor that NetScaler brings to desktop virtualization http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN508&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN509: VDI workload best practices: independent research results defined (VRC 2013 edition) http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN509&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN510: Integrating Microsoft App-V into XenApp, XenDesktop and VDI-in-a-Box http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN510&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN511: Provisioning services and machine creation services in an Excalibur world http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN511&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN512: Direct from customers: “The VDI and SBC State of the Union” a new VRC project http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN512&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN513: Mobile device licensing in an enterprise environment: a Pandora's Box? http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN513&sourceID=pvc-CTP   SYN514: PowerShell wizardry: solving real-world customer problems http://www.citrixsynergy.com/losangeles/sessions-labs/breakout-sessions.html?track=Geek+Speak+Live!&session=SYN514&sourceID=pvc-CTP

I don't post official announcement from companies usually but I have to good reasons to post this one : This is a very interesting and useful reading, a must know data you need to have in mind and it's refreshed often enough to stick to the real world environment. Then two of my CTP mates are leading this project with great enthusiasm : Jeroen VanDeKamp and Ruben Spruijt. Amsterdam, 17 January, 2013 - Project Virtual Reality Check (Project VRC) is pleased to announce the release of the long awaited 'Phase V' white paper which provides independent insights in the impact and best practices of various antivirus (AV) solutions on VDI performance. The R&D project ‘Virtual Reality Check’ (VRC) was started in early 2009 by the Dutch IT companies PQR (www.pqr.com) and Login Consultants (www.loginconsultants.com) and focuses on research in the desktop virtualization market. Several white papers were published about the performance and best practices of different hypervisors, application virtualization solutions and Windows Operating Systems in server hosted desktop solutions. This new white paper contains the test results of the VDI performance impact of the antivirus solutions from three leading vendors: McAfee, Microsoft and Symantec. “When VDI is implemented into production, performance is often a serious issue. A performance impact of up to 40 percent is not unusual after antivirus is installed.” said Jeroen van de Kamp, CTO of Login Consultants “While this aspect has been less of an issue with PC’s or laptops, with performance sensitive environments like VDI it means you need to invest in servers and storage. This was the reason for us to investigate, and provide objective data about, the exact impact of antivirus on VDI”. “It is important to highlight the fact that Project VRC does not evaluate the quality of the security features of the different AV products, but only provides information about the impact these solutions have on VDI performance” said Ruben Spruijt, CTO of PQR “By testing and comparing different solutions and configurations we discovered the best practice to perform a pre-scan of the master image before it’s deployed. The effect is huge and therefore highly recommended”. Another key finding published in the white paper is that antivirus off-loading architectures makes a big difference from a storage IO point of view, but not always from a session density point of view. All Project VRC tests are performed with Login VSI (www.loginvsi.com), the industry standard benchmarking tool for VDI. This software tool…

Happy New Year 3 Comments

I wish to every single one of you a happy new year with the best wishes to go with. 2012 is in the past and won't remain as the best year for me ! Any way, now it's time to rock the v-world, virtualization, cloud and so many good stuff are coming this year ! I hope to see you around, here or there !

User Environment Manager Software vendors 3 Comments

The following post does not reflect anything about Activlan business guide line, just my personal point of view because I need and I want to make things clear for everyone. People who know me know I chose every technology because I need the best one, the one that fit to requirement, budget etc... Now I can hear from time to time rumours going on (it always does, and for everyone...) But this one is about me and my relationship with some software vendors, and more exactly User Environment software vendors... I had to deal with small, large and very large contract last couple of years and I had to choose the best technology regarding the project I was working on. I had to choose the best one, not because I have a friend in AppSense or RES or Norskale, but I had to choose the software that was simply the one that fitted the need at the project's moment. I don't need to justify any of these choices to YOU (UEM softwares vendors) I need to justify my technical choices to my customers. Since few years, some people are rumouring I don't like RES, I prefer AppSense... That's not true, I chose one of them few times, if I will need to do it again, I will compare again to check which product will be the best for my project (This is simple but it still need to be explained) Now since few month I can hear people rumouring and asking me why I don't like Norskale... So again, when I will have a project which need a User Environment Manager software, I won't handicap myself by not looking around what Norkskale have to offer ! UEM software vendors, you sell UEM softwares (I know not only but yeah...) All of you are in my company's toolbox, in mine, I use my tool box and chose what tool will be the best to help me to build my projects, sometime this is one tool, sometime some other. I don't understand why this software vendor war is still going on and why it needs to be so dirty and lame. Just do the best product the cheapest possible and I can assure you I will choose you. That's the fuck it ! < means "simple as that" :) For everyone who is use to read my blog, I think this is the first time I "complain"…

Here we are, already in May and time for another Citrix Synergy in San Francisco. This year won't be the same as it's the first time I will attend this event as a CTP. I won't attend as much session as I'm used to because there is a lot of CTP things goings around but I will focus on most important point for me. Like every Synergy, I share here my planned schedule (subject to change) and I will be very glad to meet all of you and share like we do every time. Monday, May 7 7:00 am- 9:00 am Continental Breakfast - Moscone West and Hilton 11:45 am- 1:30 pm Lunch - Level 3, Moscone West 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm SUM001 – Summit Welcome Address - Level 3, Moscone West Moscone West Level 3 7:00 pm-10:00 pm Partner Appreciation Party Tuesday, May 8 7:00 am- 9:00 am Continental Breakfast - Moscone West and Hilton 11:45 am- 1:30 pm Lunch - Level 3, Moscone West 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm SYN501 – Geek Speak Tonight! (GSL!) Moscone West 2007 7:00 pm-10:00 pm Synergy Welcome Reception - Level 1, Solutions Expo, Moscone West   Wednesday, May 9 7:00 am- 9:00 am Continental Breakfast - Moscone West and Hilton 8:00 am- 8:45 am SYN502 – Sizing your next XenApp farm is not a black art (GSL!) Moscone West 2002 9:00 am- 9:45 am SYN119 – Deep dive on XenDesktop personal vDisk Moscone West 2007 10:30 am-12:30 pm SYN001 – Synergy Opening Keynote Moscone West Level 3 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm Lunch - Level 1, Solutions Expo, Moscone West 2:30 pm- 3:15 pm SYN504 – Desktop virtualization smackdown 2012 (GSL!) Moscone West 2002 3:30 pm- 4:15 pm SYN205 – Deep dive on CloudGateway Moscone West 2007 4:30 pm- 5:15 pm SYN506 – Finally, let’s talk about real-world Citrix XenApp experiences (GSL!) Moscone West 2002   Thursday, May 10 7:00 am- 9:00 am Continental Breakfast - Moscone West and Hilton 8:30 am-10:30 am SYN002 – Day Two General Session Moscone West Level 3 12:15 pm- 2:00 pm Lunch - Level 1, Solutions Expo, Moscone West and Golden Gate & Continental Foyers, Hilton 2:00 pm- 2:45 pm SYN199 – Gaze into the Citrix CTO crystal ball Moscone West 2007 3:00 pm- 3:45 pm SYN509 – Virtual reality check: an insider's guide to virtualization (GSL!) Moscone West 2002 4:00 pm- 4:45 pm SYN510 – Can the CTPs stump the Citrix architects? (GSL!) Moscone West 2002 5:00 pm- 5:45 pm SYN511 – Life in the virtual trenches: a guide to guerilla troubleshooting (GSL!) Moscone West 2002 7:00 pm-11:00 pm Synergy Party - Level 3, Moscone West   Friday, May 11 7:00 am- 9:00 am Continental Breakfast -…

I wish to every single of you a happy new year 2012, I really wish you all the best as well in your professional life as in your personal one. 2011 will remain in my memory the worse of my entire life (on the personal side) and I just can't wait to take a fresh start in almost 5 hours now :) Next year will be a great year, a lot of work and project, I will work with some of you and I just love to share and learn among you all. The community is growing very fast but there is a core of few people I always meet around the world and it's always nice to share though on our work and passion. Enjoy your new year's eve and Happy New Year 2012 !

This is a new step in application and desktop delivery access point process but Citrix again made it very messy to understand (at least for me...) This is very important to know and understand every component of this new products, but between, Receiver Storefront, CloudGateway Express, CloudGateway Enterprise, AppController and all the past names, some of us can be lost, and our customer are even more lost... (nFuse, Web Interface  2 3 4 5 etc... and Receiver Storefront) If I remember well, at Synergy in Barcelona last October, CloudGateway had been introduce by Citrix CEO with this slide : Now when I read documentation about CloudGateway Express and Enterprise release, I think we lost something : The data "square" (ShareFile & RingCube (?)) is gone for now... Anyway, with the previous picture you can have a clear view about each component present in Citrix CloudGateway. First let's check what is the difference between CloudGateway Express and CloudGateway Enterprise : The difference is mostly around features, but what's not shown in Citrix edition and features matrix is a row with the price. CloudGateway Express is free because this product is here to replace the actual Web Interface and Program Neighborhood to give access to Windows App and Desktops. The enterprise edition is here to centralize access between Desktops, Windows Apps, SaaS and web applications. The upgrade from Express edition to Enterprise edition should be simple and painless, just need to try it out to check how simple it is :) Regarding the architecture, the big picture is simple, we had Web Interface, now we have Receiver Storefront and it should be it... But that's not :) To simplify user's life and give a centralized access to apps, again we need to build an architecture more complex than our good old Web Interface. In the previous image above, there is not that much difference if we consider Storefront is here to replace Web Interface and AppController as a new component to build a bridge between Desktops / Windows Apps and SaaS / Web Apps. The external access is still secured using an Access Gateway, I mean NetScaler Access Gateway (same product, new name), but if we look further, it more complicated than that : Same as Web Interface, high availability is possible with an external load balancing mechanism (ie NetScaler or MS NLB) Now an external database is required to host users…

This year has been special, not very easy on the personal side... Next year will be a better one with many new blogs around virtualization and cloud stuffs. The nice side of 2011 years has been I met lot of you around the world and it's always nice to exchange and have some fun with you all. Next year promise to be full of very good events, Synergy in San Francisco and Barcelona, E2E in Vienna, and so many others events around Europe... Until then, I wish you all a Merry Christmas !