Citrix Synergy 2011 – San Francisco Day 1

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 1920×960, 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 (1600×1200), 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 have the same data available in the datacenter, on a local device and in the Cloud.

HDX is evolving, 3x faster performance, wire-speed data transfer and printing, New real time UDP/RTP audio stream, Enhanced network efficiency. Multi-Stream for network QoS, Granular, application level QoS. Rich graphics enhancements, Support for Microsoft Remote FX.

XenDesktop 5 now support IntelliCache with the Service Pack 1, Cuts storage costs by 50%, Offload read-write from costly SANs, to cheaper local storage and XenDesktop 5 SP1 is already available for download HERE

NetScaler Cloud Bridge to connect your datacenter to any cloud with full transparency, security and performance, Network transparency, Encrypted connection, Optimized data flow, Standalone Virtual and Appliance editions, available in 10Mbps, 200Mbps, 500Mbps. It will be available in June 2011.

A new project, Citrix Project Olympus is a new cloud infrastructure product based on OpenStack and XenServer. An early access program is available today HERE, otherwise it’s plan for the second half 2011.

This is it for today, that was a great day full of great information in the session I attended. I’m waiting for the product announcement tomorrow to blog about it….

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