Citrix Summit is over, now Citrix Synergy takes place, I attended several very interesting sessions : Spotlight on the desktop virtualization startups (GSL!) with Simon Bramfitt Virtual Reality Check phase IV: best practices for virtualizing Terminal Server and desktop workloads (GSL!) with Ruben Spruijt and Jeroen van de Kamp Getting from "Wow to How", Part 1&2: Designing an architecture for desktop transformation that can adapt and scale with Daniel Feller, Florian Becker and Douglas Demskis. Terminal Server vs. VDI: 2011 edition (GSL!) with Brian Madden and of course the Keynote with many cloud-ouncement delivered by Mark T, many announcement, mostly around network products line I made a list of the essential point shown today : Kaviza is now a part of Citrix The partnership with Microsoft is stronger, with the full integration with App-V and System Center VMM, with HDX supporting remote FXand with Hyper-V SP1 supporting 40% more VMs. In Microsoft System Center, a new XenApp connector, updated management packs, SCOM : Monitor and manage XenApp, XenDesktop & NetScaler. XenServer management by managing both Hyper-V and XenServer VMs in a single console. And the v-alliance (Microsoft and Citrix) GoToMeeting HD Faces : Multistream HD 1920x960, 6 ways video and the public beta is available today HERE XenClient 2 is official now, is available today as well, Express Edition / Tech Preview and you can grab it HERE, XenClient 2 is : 3x expanded hardware compatibility, Expanded graphic support, Production scale Synchronizer, simplified user experience XenClient XT has been announce as well, this version is build to support, Extreme security / Extreme isolation / Extreme performance A new Receiver for iPad with the following specs : Simpler self-service user experience, Fast app switching (that's totally cool), Higher resolution desktop (1600x1200), Improved bluetooth keyboard support, Store configuration auto-discovery, faster graphics & 40% less bandwidth, Accelerated video performance, Double pass encryption of passwords, Jailbreak detection (WTF?) A new Receiver for the web, for all the web browsers. There is also a new Receiver for Windows Tech Preview available HERE GoToManage for iPad to support physical & virtual desktops from anywhere, Remotely manage networks and servers, Free for individual IT pros, easy upgrade path for expanded usages & features available soon... NetScaler Cloud Gateway to aggregate, orchestrate, deliver all Saas, web and Windows apps The Follow-me data across devices is a kind of Citrix DropBox attached to the receiver, the idea is to…

Citrix Summit is over, now this is Synergy with Citrix partners and customers.  There was twice and maybe more people in the same building, that was be huge. Sessions I attended this day were as follow. Schedule for Wednesday, May 12 6:30 am- 8:00 am Breakfast (Marriott/Hilton) Marriott/Hilton 7:00 am- 9:00 am Breakfast (Moscone West, 3rd Floor) Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone Level 3 8:00 am- 8:50 am SYN308 – From A to XenApp: the comprehensive technical guide to optimal XenApp farm design (2010 Edition) Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2007,2009,2020,2022 9:00 am- 9:50 am SYN321 – Supporting Macs and iPhones in your corporate infrastructure Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 2001 10:30 am-12:30 pm Synergy Opening Keynote Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone 3000-3012 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm Solutions Expo Hall Moscone West Convention Center – Moscone Level 1 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm Lunch Solutions Expo Hall 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm SYN422D – Practical HDX – optimizations for the real world San Francisco Marriott – Yerba Buena 1-2 I will be fast today, session are too average level, I think this is good session for XenApp, XenDesktop administrators on the way, there are many detailed architectures, a lot of debugging / troubleshooting tools explanations but that's it. There was nothing like deep memory dump analyzes, network packet capture and analyzes, it remains 'mainstream' for experimented Citrix engineers. So I used my time to understand how things are working at Synergy, V.I.P groups, clans and underground wars... I did have many theories about that but I keep it for myself :) Those guys are like rock stars in virtualization small planet, this is funny, it really remind me of what's happening behind the scene in music business. Some are true with themselves, committed, honest and frank while some others are really annoying (passi satana perkele) and some situation are just unreal. Cloud computing ? yeah right... Everyone needs to write something about this trendy rock'n roll attitude but they lost the point, users and CxOs are lost and if they're lost they won't pay for something they don't understand. Wait ! I need to check my crystal ball to write an blog about future of workstations and operating systems... Back to Synergy, there was the opening keynote from Mark Templeton about what's going on the crazy Citrix planet. There are many ongoing things for this year, and here…