PubForum is a nice true event, this is where I can find the best content about things I maybe don't have time to get in touch with. You can meet great people, socialize a lot and fill your brain with cool content. The first day at PubForum had interesting nice topics : Virtualization Oracle - the one from the field presented by Shaw Bass Access Gateway 5 the first step into the future of Access Gateway presented by Jay Tomlin User Virtualization with AppSense presented by Bas Bremmer and Danny O'Connor User Profiles Indide Out presented by Helge Klein Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 : featuring Hyper-V Dynamic Memory presented by Aidan Finn And a session about Citrix new cloud products, I'll come back on this one in a dedicated post. As you can see topics are pretty cool and pretty straight forward / technical, the second day will be very cool as well, I encourage you to come to this event next year this is a great resource for technical content and mind sharing about virtualization.
This first big European event is over now, I wasn't able to attend all the session I wanted to go but mostly I'm satisfy by the information I gather and great people I met. There was no very big announcement, XenDesktop 5 has been unleashed since day 1 but one product have been put under the light by Citrix and this is a great tool for online meeting, the introduce a new feature, a product evolution, GoToMeeting HDFaces (up to 6 video stream during web conference) Citrix Synergy in Europe is a great way to meet new people, new customers and compare how business is going in the other countries. This is also the best way to have direct input from visionary guys Rick Dehlinger, Shawn Bass, Citrix CTOs etc... This is very important to see everything and understand the way everyone is perceiving evolution of IT and business next years. I gather all the information I can grab and digest it to do my own perception, I can then deliver my through and feeling to my customers. Next Synergy will be in San Francisco in May 2011 and in Barcelona in October 2011, I really hope to meet you there, this is always a pleasure to meet new people and exchange about our every day job at all levels.
The first day is over and the Citrix Partner event will end tonight. I didn't attend a lot of session since I saw many of those back in may in San Francisco, but session about XenServer tweaking streaming application troubleshooting were very interessting. I just grab some tips from there to try it out later and writte some blog about what I discover. This Summit / Synergy is different for me this year because many of my customer will be there and I definitly need to "hang-out" with them :) But I still met many very cool people from tweeter, other meetings and blogs, it's always a pleasure to share a drink with these guys. I already went to APP-DNA booth where I got a very cool demonstration about the product AppTitude http://app-dna.com/AppTitude/ . I think this tool can be very usefull in very large migration process and can help to gain a lot of time on such project. I will ask a demo version to try it with a set of application to bring you some more in depth information about this product. But if you're at Synergy go to their booth, ask for Ilan and tell you know me, you will have a very cool demo of this product :)