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Citrix Synergy 2015 Day 2

During 12 to 14 May Citrix Synergy 2015 is held in sunny and warm Orlando. In this blog I wrote down my experiences of day two which started with a general keynote.

Mark Templeton opened the keynote, mentioning there is no script. Looking forward what this will mean. He started mentioning the Citrix User Group Community (CUGC). Day one there were 2400 registrations. Mark show software-defined paper, based on Sony Digital Paper integration with ShareFile, which will be available H2 2015. Next up was Juan Riveira starting with the announcement of AppDisks (layering technology). He explained the layering technology, followed that AppDNA integration will be included (Application Onboarding). Next was GTM demo within browser of a VDA it selves, also available in H2 1015. Next they showed the Framework technology showing with a Wacom tablet input devices. Improvements on Graphics and Multimedia were next showed using a raspberry pi as a client. Geir Ramlett was up next about security, always difficult to tell an interesting story about this topic but he was spot on about the current situation. Klaus Oestermann was the next presenter about software defined networking 2015 based on the options and features within NetScaler and CloudBridge productline like SDN, Control Center, InSight Center, Smart Control and more. Afer Klaus Mark Templeton was back on stage again with Citrix Workspace Cloud and especially Concierge (Customer Service Reimagined), bringing Gus Pinto on stage showing the Concierge in action. They have some work todo, but the concept is nice. He announced that a Tech Preview is available today. Gus continued with a GTM demo showing the mobile version of GTM including mobile screen sharing. Mark continued with Project Octublu, integration of everything. Mark explained the project and showed the graphical build interface. Mark continued with Amazon Echo and Workspace Hub. Chris Fleck is welcomed on the podium to show these Workspace Hub together with the Octublu options and the echo device. Really cool stuff and they used scenarios that are actually related to the business activities (I really like that). Mark continued with Intel Island Platform, don’t know exactly what the message was of this part. Mark wrapped up the keynote with experience, security, flexibility all with &. Logical there was one more time by Kalyan Valicherla with a demo called Dynamic Containerization, where public apps were available in the Citrix Receiver and is wrapped/containerized into the XenMobile solution. Mark announced that the conference will be held in Las Vegas from 24 to 26 May 2016.




After the keynote I attended the session of Brian Madden RDSH versus VDI 2015 edition. Brian started with he want to talk about non-product specific, but about a session per user or a VM per user. Brian mentioned the outcomes of previous sessions about this topic: in 2007 the final note was that VDI is to new and risky, while in 2009 the outcome was VDI it too expensive, in 2012 result was VDI is too complex. In 2015 VDI is real, grown-up, but RDSH is still there: the debate is not over (and that is good thing). Enterprise applications are Windows applications and will be there forever according to Brian. Brian again brings the story so simple, but so effective. It’s the same shit in another bottle. The Windows Resource Kit is the book that you should read as that is everything were it is about: Windows. Brian continued with the versus part with similarities: VDI and RDSH are both datacenter-hosted desktops and advantages of both: any device/any place, pick-up right where you left off, access your desktop without your desktop. There are still advantages: network connection required, challenges with UI performance. Brian continued with VDI advantages: Same OS as desktops, same support, same patch cycles, user-based load balancing/live migration/suspend resume, run ad admins? Followed by RDSH advantages: cost / density. There are also bulshit claims according to Brian: RDSH is less secure, RDSH is easier than cloning, RDSH is hard, published/seamless apps require RDSH. Logically for persistent desktops you are going VDI, unless you do a single server OS (but that is not RDSH). Brian jumped into persistent v non-persistent, lead to the past VDI failures: remoting primary desktops, moving from persistent to non-persistent (which are not related to VDI versus RDSH). Brian summarizes the session with RDSH is still cheaper, nice for “well” managed desktops, nice for single Published Applications. VDI: it’s a really, fully persistent “normal” desktops. The last topic was the single server user server OS, really only for DaaS/SaaS provider, Brian thinks it’s just VDI another platform.

After lunch I went to the panel discussion lead by Thomas Koetzing about XenDesktop 7.x. Other members in the panel were Simon, Juan, Thomas and Andrew. They started with the discussion XenApp v XenDesktop, followed is XenApp 7.6 ready to replace XenApp 6.5. For both subject both the Citrix guys explained the current situation, where the consultants gave their opinion. A bit of discussion came on with printing issues where the audience could choose between two discussions. Thomas mentioned that PM Rachel Berry that a new Universal Printer Server version is developed. The audience select Citrix Receiver, Simon and Juan explained what they are doing on consistency of the different version, which is set-up with X1. At the receiver topic several good enhancements were brought up out of the audience including some real challenges. Next topic chosen was StoreFront, funny to see that the more general topics were chosen over the more futuristic. Thomas is mentioning that Citrix is really filling up the gaps, based on features that users are really used. I needed to leave this session a bit earlier, to prepare my own session.

My session was rescheduled, luckily many people showed up. I had a bit too much content for the time, so we needed to go really quickly. For those who attended the session I hope you enjoyed it.

After my session I attended the session of Designing your XenApp solutions A to Z by Andy Paul. He started with the his approach his base design and the building blocks that are involved, followed by the steps of the project (analyze, design, build, test/validate, pilot, monitor, go live). Paul continued with Define Use Case Mappings, followed by the tiers of architecture (painting the big picture). Paul also shows the differences between XenApp 6.5 and XenDesktop 7.x, followed by considerations about single site vs multi site deployments. Based on three scenarios (small, medium, large) Andy mentions his infrastructures including resource capacity (amount of machines incl CPU/Mem resource usage). Next topic was hardware considerations, followed by MCS, PVS and Static Builds. Paul also talks the attendees through the Delivery Group wizard including Limit Visability and PowerShell. Last topic was monitoring, Andy mentioned Directory and several third party tools.

Next session was Meet Octubl – a new IoT platform from Citrix presented by Chris Matthieu. Chris started with his history and the acquisition of Octublu by Citrix. What is Citrix going to do Octublu. Octublu Citrix IoT platform for home, office and industrial automation. Chris shows and describes the way of programming and the possibility to stream to all kind of platforms including some examples. The twitter demo was used again. Chris also showed the whole infrastructure/model. Industrial is the big part for IoT.