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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…

VDI Project – Not only a XenDesktop project (part.1) VDI Project - The framework (part.2) VDI Project - Hypervisor war (part.3) VDI Project - Desktops and applications delivery (part.4) VDI Project - User Environment Manager (part.5) Beginning a new project is every time a new challenge, new team, new processes and new environment. Each customer have its own past IT history and,  depend of the size, different IT, politics and complexity. This time I'm a desktop architect and I've been hired mostly for my Citrix skills. The challenge is the size of this new project, I will design for sure some Citrix architectures, XenDesktop, XenApp, PVS, maybe Access Gateway or Netscaler on a very large scale but I'm also responsible to design a complete workstation delivery service (automation / industrialization) and address all kind of endpoints, from the "classic" workstation to the well known iPad. This is my largest XenDesktop 5 project, I will use XenDesktop to bring flexibility and mobility to users. I will write some blogs along the project because I think this will be a great experience to share, technical and not technical. I can't wait to post some very technical stuff about IOPS with Citrix Provisioning Services, XenDesktop and Machine Creation Service related with storage. I will post every major subject for ex : The Software Framework, The Hypervisor War (these two blogs are almost finished) etc etc... I also want to share the non technical subjects because this is how a project live... Changing the way people are working in a company can be very painful, first you need to bring the idea of a change in their everyday life and then prove them they will have more time to work on more important project. Then you show they can save some money within 3 or 5 years. I can tell you this is the big part of a project and the less fun (for me) but this is a mandatory part of every project : Show the company board and managers how much they can save and explain to the IT staff they will be able to spend more time on larger scale issue and project, work more efficiently. This is a lot of work, first administrative / politics, then technical (POC) and very technical (Global Architecture) And I always I will learn so many thing, and I'm sure it will be a great…

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…

Citrix announce one fact : 72% of devices will be laptop. Citrix XenClient is a type 1 hypervisor (bare metal) and can run in stand alone mode without the back end Citrix XenClient Synchronizer. This is build on the 64 bit open source technology used with XenServer and you can run multiple virtual desktops simultaneously. Different VMs are completely secure isolation from each other and are hardware independent VM. A named call Service VM Architecture has been develop for extensibility. XenClient provide a good end user interaction and advanced security for your devices and you data. With centralized security policies you can for example allow one user to run a VM for 4 days in a offline mode and if the suer doesn't connect on internet the VM will be shutdown until the user is able to connect and authenticate to request more time. The XenClient SDK should be available in 2011 The Citrix Receiver for Xenclient is the first Service VM for XenClient. Using Citrix Receiver for XenClient provide a very simple user interface to access, create and configure VM locally. You can very easily switch between local VMs. Synchronizer for XenClient is the backend to manage XenClient and manages centralized delivery of VMs. It also provide a full time backup & rapid recovery with a smart backup delta data. You can remote kill VMs and manage local policy controls with Citrix Synchronizer for XenClient. A bit of architecture : XenClient is based on a very thin piece of code taken and shared with XenServer. This is a linux control Domain and you will use paravirtualized drivers as well as being able to allow direct access to hardware for a specific VM. The XenClient user interface is Receiver for XenClient. Flexible Virtualization Architecture, as mention above, disks, networks devices, USB and graphics devices are virtualized and ensure VM portability. You have also a selective passthrough, 3D Graphic Direct, Intel AMR Direct : Mix and match : You can give Direct access to GPU to a specific VM, same for storage and network separately (?) to confirm. Synchronizer for XenClient Architecture : Synchronizer will be provide as a XenServer image and will be up and running within 10 minutes (Merchandising Server like cli wizard). The admin interface is web based (https) and authentication can remain local or being linked with an Active Directory. VM delivery and administration are using a…