Post Citrix Synergy / E2Evc Dublin 2016 20 Comments

May and June are very busy with conferences every years, this year was no exception. Attending this kind of event is very important for the kind of work we are doing. Knowing what's happening in the technology world and keeping touch with all the people willing to share their knowledge and experiences have always been very useful to gather 6 months of information in only few days. Citrix Synergy 2016 - Las Vegas First thing first, Citrix Synergy in Las vegas ! As a CTP, Synergy always have a special flavour because I get to know so many things from Citrix my brain is melting for 48hours and I need few days to digest everything :) This year Citrix made several announcement and beside the usual renaming and marketing bullshit, if I had one announcement to keep, that would be the Microsoft thing. Many people I met asked me about that, what do I think and what should we need to read between the line. My answer had been direct and surprise some of you :) I think Microsoft understand the value Citrix will add to accelerate the adoption of VDI (ie Windows 10 in Azure) The protocol, the acceleration the experience Citrix will bring is obvious. Are we tending toward a Windows 365 product ? The answer is as simple as a yes. A lot of Citrix Partner have been confused with this announcement, and we can easily understand why as Citrix is taking this part of business away from certain partner mouth. Of course it's not yet publicly said and it will maybe never be ;) Citrix need to make things clear for everyone and give customers and partners the big picture, one day or another. What I read between the line is Citrix and Microsoft announce they will be the only one to deliver Windows 10 in a DaaS mode and only in Azure, it is true indeed, they will be the only one but only for few months. Give some time to Vmware, Oracle or whatever company forced to deliver Windows 2012r2 desktop as a Service because of Microsoft licensing limitation, few anti-trust trial and Windows 365 Windows 10 will be available from everyone, everywhere. Another thing about the Microsoft Citrix thingy to understand is some of Citrix products overlap on Microsoft ones. As Citrix already got rid of many products, I think we will see in the…

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

myCitrix Synergy Barcelona 2012 4 Comments
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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 Synergy San Francisco 2012 highlights 7 Comments

Every year I cross half of the planet to go over the United States in San Francisco to attend Citrix Synergy event. This is every time very exciting, meeting new people, friends, geeks and of course doing some business. This year was different as I didn't had time to go to all the session I planned to attend due to an heavy but very pleasant schedule with CTPs. I had time to attend the keynotes and see what Citrix was ready to unleash for this major virtualization event, I will sum up everything that I think are the key points for the future of our job. The main topic of keynote since two years ago is the Cloud, Personal, Private or Public, the Cloud is everywhere; look I even put an upper case when I write Cloud :) GoTo products : GoToAssist have reach 50M sessions, translated to 15 languages with a  fastest time to service. GoToAssist for iPad and now for Android are available for free. You can download the Android app here :  [here] The mobile workstyle with GoToMeeting to work with anyone anywhere across any device gets HD faces available on iPad today. Wyse : After Wyse Xenith (zero client ) Wyse announced Xentih 2 [link] which is (supposed) to be  40% faster, more secure, true 720P with multi-monitor support. Of course no one missed the fact Wyse has been acquired by Dell [link] HP : HP announce one of the coolest hardware during this Synergy, the HP t410 All-in-one, System on a chip, HDX ready and PoE (Power over Ethernet) consuming only 13watt, this is cool for a 18,5 inch screen. If you don't use PoE, you can still use a regular power cord. This is not a revolution but an evolution, this zero client screen have a price, 429$ Specifications : [link] Citrix VDI-in-a-Box Now with a full HDX experience, and scale like lego block. What's really new is you can upgrade from VDI-in-a-Box to XenDesktop licenses. Citrix VDI-in-a-Box won the best of Interrop Award 2012 in cloud computing and virtualization category [link] Dell DVS simplified powered by VDI-in-a-Box appear to be a good solution for SMB who need fast deployment [link]   AppDNA AppDNA introduce new features / module like physical to virtual transition,  Windows OS and browser upgrades with a new version released v6.1 [link]   Citrix XenClient, acquisition of Virtual Computer Virtual…

That was a very nice and very busy event, and I'm very happy to have this chance to meet so many nice people from all around the world. It was very nice to speak and exchange with absolutly all of you. Once again I learned so many things my brain is still smoking from last week. With my fellow friends and CTP Chris Rogers et Joseph Melika we made a short appearance on Citrix TV : // A soon coming blog will present you the Synergy focus point I did to try to make things clear a get the head of this event with the main and most important information.

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 Public Cloud The last cloud of 3 (Personal Cloud, Private Cloud and Public Cloud) has been announced to be used in a very easy way, the same way as the creation of a GMail or a Hotmail email account. The way to make this easy connection available is Citrix CloudBridge, this product allow you to connect your datacenter to any cloud with full transparency, security and performance. Citrix CloudBridge will run on network layer 2 and 3 to provide fast and secure IP transaction. The beta version will arrive soon, no more information for now. And then another new product (maybe more like a new NetScaler feature) Citrix NetScaler CloudConnectors will secure the connection all the way down to the client devices has been announced but no release date yet. About what we need to build a cloud, Mark Templeton underline we will soon need to all being ready to build, connect Cloud Infrastructures and Cloud Providers. Most of the enterprise are doing server virtualization ++ built for traditional enterprise apps & client-server compute including a traditional management, then enterprises will need to move on cloud platforms designed around big data, massive scale & next-gen cloud apps with an autonomic management and an open, value added stack. This is where Citrix CloudPortal will enter the game, a layer on to of CloudStack. Citrix vision for the future is 3 clouds, Personal Cloud to empower people, Private Cloud to aggregate and deliver apps and data, Public Cloud to build and connect infrastructures. The 3 PCs. Citrix clearly claims to be the number one partner you need to think when you want to cloudify you network, application, data and devices. And want to lead the new IT to impact the business needs. This is it, I had to live my Synergy remotely from Paris, and this are all the information I could get from Synergy Live and Twitter. Next step will be to digest, analyze and put everything together. I think we have enough new material to play until next 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

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 Private Cloud The gateway between Public Cloud and Private Cloud is an Unified Service Broker to allow access to Windows apps and desktops, web and mobile apps, SaaS apps, Corporate and cloud data, this broker is Citrix CloudGateway. Citrix CloudGateway Enterprise for Windows apps @ desktops, Web, Saas & Data will be available at first and then Mobiles apps and 3rd party data will come soon. Citrix Cloud Gateway Express will be available for free for Windows apps & Desktops to replace the Citrix Web Interface. The upgrade from the Express edition to the Enterprise will be possible. Then an App sandbox for mobile devices is shown to give the ability to secure applications and data on every mobile devices, while being able to control (Wipe, disable) from Citrix CloudGateway Enterprise Console. Citrix XenDesktop 5.5 and Citrix XenApp 6.5 are pushed forward as a single product with the well know Flexcast model. Citrix Personal vDisk technology (RingCube) is announce as well : Personalized apps, data & prefs Departmental & user installed apps Single OS image management Reduce storage by 65% Personalized PC experience Citrix announcement : Citrix Extends Desktop Virtualization Leadership with Acquisition of RingCube The biggest release of HDX in Citrix history : 2x number of users on existing WAN Flash redirection 1000s of miles Local scanning and printing 6x faster Guaranteed Quality of Service Real time voice and video Windows 7 Experience for Citrix XenApp to make a server-hosted desktop personal to lower the cost and maximize the user experience. More information HERE Texas Instrument and Ncomputing have been chosen to build chips with HDX inside, system-on-a-chip. Citrix goal here is to bring HDX to the maximum number of devices. Citrix Receiver for Microsoft Windows 8 has been shown on stage with a nice Metro interface. Then Microsoft Windows 8 has been accessed remotely through HDX and XenDesktop with an impressive demo playing multi-gesture application using Metro framework. The next and last part of this blog will be about the announcement made during Citrix Synergy about Public Cloud. Next Blog : Part 3/3 Synergy Barcelona 2011 – Public Cloud 3/3  

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 &…

... But only this time ! Due to personal reasons (some of you know me personally, so you might know why) I won't be able to to to Citrix Synergy in Barcelona. I'm very disappointed I was so eager to exchange with all of you about different technologies, new versions, features and architectures... My company (Activlan) will be in Synergy, 5 of us will make the trip and will be available to share and exchange with you all. It promise to be a great event, I'll watch everything I can on Synergy live broadcast. My next appearance will at at E2E London 2011, probably presenting Citrix XenApp 6.5 in November 2011. and many other places like, Citrix Expert day in Paris, Recontre des Virtualisations etc...

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…