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This year wasn't as surprising as it has been in the past years on the innovation and "really new stuff". Perhaps this is is because since I'm a CTP I know a lot more on Citrix plan before the announce it but I think the evolution Citrix brings into their product now will still take a year to go and be released and ready to go. Some announces are old already, many things have been announced at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco and many announces made were about products already available since couple of months. Anyway, here is my wrap up so far : ByteMobile is now part of Citrix, acquisition in july (Official Announcement here) over 6 billion mobile devices growing 50%+ mobile data is video & multimedia growth - 25x over the next 5 years This acquisition brings Citrix cloud networking convergence with mobile data a bit further. XenServer The general availability of the 6.1 released has been made one month ago (Official Announcement here) and the major features are : live storage migration batch conversion of vmware vms Citrix Cloudplatform integration XenClient XenClient Enterprise 4.5 is available now for ultrabook and after Citrix other acquisition this year (Virtual Computer) advanced set of features are coming along with this new realease : Broader hardware compatibility XenClient Enterprise is now localized VLAN tagging support External network access to Synchronizer via Citrix NetScaler SSL bridging SSL offload Windows 8 guest OS Native Windows experience A new display architecture Dual external monitors in a docking station 30% improvement in hypervisor boot time VM export support A Citrix community blog post detail every new feature released here : [click] Partnership with Microsoft is going the same weird way as it has always been :) Some numbers and information have been given during the keynote : 80% growth XenDesktop on Hyper-v Windows server 2012 with Hyper-v Improved vm density with hyper-v Windows 8 support native UI design & platform support + GoToMeeting GoToMypc ShareFile and AppDNA are supporting the new Microsoft Operating System as well Citrix Receiver for Windows 8 early release on Windows Store Here is some screenshot :   GoToMeeting HD faces now on iPad With this new release it's now possible to present with an iPad. You can also create meeting direclty from the iPad   Podio Updates and improvement to extend the work between meeting (team and customers) integration…

Citrix again made several big announcement around the Cloud Technologies. I haven't been able to fly to Barcelona this year to attend Synergy so I had to figure out how to know things without being able to go there. Citrix Synergy Live saved my Synergy :) Part 1/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Personal Cloud 1/3 Part 2/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Private Cloud 2/3 Part 3/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Public Cloud 3/3 Citrix Receiver is now compatible with 1.5 billion devices now, and there is a new version (5.0) for iPads and iPhone (iOS 5 compatibility) 50% faster app launch 40% less bandwidth Multitasking Native experience for keyboard and gesture Citrix XenDesktop is the number one product to give access to desktop virtualization, after Citrix bought Kaviza, Citrix VDI-in-a-Box is now available for download here : Tech Preview (MyCitrix account required) One of the very big announcement is about App-Dna acquisition, Citrix shows how much stay focus on the application will be the most important part in xVirtualization . Citrix announcement : Citrix Accelerates Anytime, Anywhere Access with Acquisition of App-DNA Netscaler SDX is announce to be able to contain 40 instances per box (40:1) with XenServer 6 inside Citrix XenServer 6 has been announce as well will the following statement: Enhanced SR-IOV for NetScaler SDX HDX 3Pro optimizations for XenDesktop Microsoft System Center Integration Citrix partnership with Cisco is extended to another level New multi-year strategic alliance Focused on innovation from desktop to cloud First delivery from new alliance - optimizing the Cisco network for Citrix HDX New Cisco endpoints with embedded Receiver Mark Templeton leverages consumerization with BYO-3 (3 devices per user), Post-PC, Three-PC (Personal Cloud, Private Cloud and Public Cloud) moving from PC-era to Cloud-era. He also spoke about TCO / TVO (same as in Synergy San Francisco) Then Mark T. spoke about data, apps, preferences, location, devices and friends and give a seamless access and define it >> mobile workstyle. Personal Cloud ShareFile is a new product introduce by Citrix to being able to share files while keeping security and confidentiality. It look like a Microsoft Outlook plugin and a desktop widget, iPad application (Windows, Mac and Linux) seeing the demo, it look like a more visual-user-friendly Dropbox with a completely customizable web interface for everyone. Send, request & share files within Microsoft Outlook Mobile - your data from all your devices Desktop widget &…

With this new version, Citrix give support to XenApp 6 and Microsoft Windows 2008 R2. Beware, the new Edgesight XenApp Client 5.3 is only made for Windows 2008 R2 and XenApp 6. For prior OS and XenApp version you must use the 5.2.1 version. There are a bunch of new reports available now, since Resource Manager is dead, Citrix needs to implement everything what we were use to find in RM. This is a small step but nothing big except for the licensing part, a brand new section is dedicated for licenses reporting. What's new ? Monitoring of Citrix License Servers and reporting on license usage by product group or individual products. The license servers to be monitored are specified at Configure > License Monitor Configuration > License Servers. License usage reports are available on the Track Usage tab. Monitoring of Published Applications and reporting on application launches and unique users. Published application reports are available on the Track Usage tab and the Browse tab. Monitoring of session duration by farm or user group. Session duration reports are available on the Track Usage tab and the Browse tab. EdgeSight Agent support for XenApp 6 Warning : if you have a SQL 2000 database, you need to upgrade to SQL 2005 or SQL 2008 ! So here are some screen shot about the new tab with the two licenses nodes : It looks very nice, but you cannot subscribe these license reports to generate an automatic email (yet)... There still an annoying bug with the filter option on many pop-up pages... The problem is, if you don't know there is a filter button outside the actual windows you can reach while playing with tab key, you cannot apply your filter... It has always been here in Edgesight 5.x versions... (I will post more detail about that tomorrow) Next blog about Edgesight will be all architecture I've deployed for different customers

Here are some more cold weather photo tips. 1) Bring extra camera AND flash batteries. If you are going to photograph outside in the cold, your camera and flash will go through batteries at an astonishing rate. A battery that lasted all day in normal weather may wear down in a matter of minutes in the extreme cold. 2) Keep your spare camera batteries in your pockets, not in the camera bag. They will stay warmer there. 3) Keep cameras and flash units inside your coat when not in use. This will prolong the battery life. 4) Don’t bring the camera from extreme cold into a warm room. You will cause condensation on the lens or worse inside the camera and this can permanently damage both. Allow the camera to gradually warm up or put it in a tightly sealed plastic bag and allow the condensation to form on the bag, not the camera. 5) Make sure to dress warmly. Pay particular attention to keeping your hands, head and feet warm. Cold weather photography can be particularly rewarding if you are prepared for it. But go out without extra batteries and you will have your day cut short every time.