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Citrix Synergy 2012 US Day 2

My day two of Citrix Synergy US 2012 exprienceces including the general sessionsand several break-out sessions.

Day two of Citrix Synergy started with a general session. Logically it's all about the cloud, but we will take the approach what cloud is not. Like that idea by bringing the message on this way. First speaker is Geva Perry, a cloud evangelist and blogger. Topic is Cloud Adoption is Bottom-Up. Cloud is being adopted by normal employees. Motivation is consumerization of IT, democratization of IT and millennial entitlement why cloud is adapted in this way. Opportunities are on-demand, low upfront costs, click-through agreement. Geva is moving what an IT organization should do with it. According to Geva it is important to find the balance between freedom and control (of IT). He is mentioning two products that offer the possibility to manage this possibility on several levels. Session continued with describing the Amazon infrastructure. Amazon is setting the standard on capacity, data center and revenue. With a nice figure he shows how cloudstack is build on the same vision and components. With an example of google, the concept that cloud is not the next gen virtualization. Cloud expands horizontal, where server virtualization++ expands vertical. Cloudstack can be started small and extended when needed. Next topic is cloud is not about lock-in, but it moves to how succesfull the Citrix CloudPlatform actually is and that the developers days are sold out in a few days. He continued with cloud is not island, there will be connectivity between hose on apps and network layer. For this part Michael Crandell from RightScale came on stage, starting explaining their services (workload liberation) including a demo. Session continued with how the new NetScaler technology cooperates with CloudStack, when adding capacity. Cloudbridge 2 is next, by mentioning that has built-in cloud providers, but you can can build your own. For this part Nathan Day is on stage representing Nathan Day. The first time this year that a demo goes woring, the screen is not shown on the video wall (display settings, technical guys fixes it in a second). It's about using a NetScaler with Cloudbridge functionality with a few mouse clicks in a wizard. There are also using a branch repeater. They are also working to configure CloudBridge within CloudStack. Next again some speakers on stage to show how they are offering thier service/product with Citrix Technology. The first one (Sungard) is about DR (Disaster Recovery) and how they offer it and their vision. Message is that public cloud is the platform to use for DR. Next is EngineYard offering Platform as a Service (PaaS), explaining why PaaS is attractive and use cases. Also a Demo of their services. Finally Project Avalon comes into play. Demo of Project Avalon by Director of PM Desktops and Apps. It shows how a XenDesktop VM out of XenDesktop Studio delived via the Amazon services. Next a demo of CloudPortal Services Manager by Orestes Melgarejo, Citrix entering the user provisioning market (orchestration). Workflows will be build in the product. Project Rainmaker is now Citrix App Studio (and already available as a product). Good overview of subscriptions based on teams, love that. Project Avalon looks really promising using current technologies with orchestration. Project Avalon will hook up with CloudPortal, ShareFile, CloudBridge, NetScaler and CloudGateway. Project Avalon will become the spider in the web. 


After the keynote I visited the Geek Speak session of Brian Madden How to fail VDI. Brian Madden start with one of his key points that believing VDI is about saving money. He makes his point clear by mentioning the advantages of VDI (availability, agility, security, continuity) and a cool comparison with comparing cars. Second is VDI is NOT about simplified management. Cool comparisions again and good opinion about sharing disk images and that is not a charasteristic of VDI implementations. Nice link to RDS/XenApp with shared disk images. Simplified Management is arranged by lockdown images and single image management instead of using VDI. Reason three is not respecting that data center is further away from the end-user. Remote protocols are about Good Experience, Low Bandwidth and Low CPU and you can only apply two of those. Real good point. Point 4:  Thinking users want Windows on their Devices. Cool images used showing Windows Desktops on mobile devices. According to Brian Windows on Mobile Device s*cks because the form factor is not suitable for Windows. The desktop is the boundary for apps, data and settings and all devices have there own desktop. Reason five is confusing the "post PC" era with the "post Windows" era, they are not the same. Creating VDI Only strategy will cause a failure of a project. It's just about management Windows, not about hardware differences.
After this session I was recorded for SynergyTV together with Aaron and Joe for quick round-up about using XenApp for securing the end client devices subnets. Was good fun, but it was a bit unprepared. 
Next I attended the session What's new in XenApp and XenDesktop. Session started with mentioning that FP1 will be available at the end of june both for XenApp and XenDesktop.
The starting points were Storage Utilization (Personal vDisk), Server Density (Unified Communication Systems), Network Bandwidth  (HDX 3D Pro New Deep Compression) , Endpoint Capabilities (new devices for HDX initiative), Enterprise Apps (Mobility Pack), Seamless User Experiences (Universal Printing), Enterprise Management (MSSC 2012, Enterprise App Store via CloudGateway) and Desktop Transformation. After the summarizing Chris Lau continued with diving deeper into the details. He started with PvD, because I already described this in the specific session about it I won't mention this part in my blog. Chris continued with Optimized Unified Communications, with support Lync 2010. Next are the HDX-on-a-Chip Thin Client, already announced in the keynote and the Mobility Pack. Universal Printing for Network Printing is the next topic, UPClient installed on the XenApp server UPServer on the print server. CloudGateway was mentioned quickly, just as the HDX 3D Pro with Deep Compression Code (cooperation with nVidia special API). Last topic was RemotePC. The components are described, you need to have a XenDesktop Broker. The client needs to have the VDA installed.
Next was the session can CTPs stump the Citrix architects. Session started with discussing PVS versus MCS. The architects mention that MCS is not used a lot because of IOPS, Jim (Moyle) took the glove and a good conversation started with advantages and challenges of those techniques. MCS is developed for the complexity of PVS requirements and to compete with VMware. Next topic was the Universal Printer solution, some good advices were given by the architects based to get the printer traffic in or out the ICA channel. Next was Folder Redirection, the architect Dan still is behind his point that Folder Redirection. Logically Shawn jumps in and a nice discussion started. Location of the vDisk is not an issue, Citrix architects use local storage for storing the vDisk. For the cache Citrix architects use also local disk, because cache for RAM is really expensive. Also running out of RAM causing issues with the PVS Client. Next topic is virtualizing PVS servers. Citrix architects often use virtualized PVS servers. Hypervisors are important, especially on XenServer with 1 GB (because of functionality lack that VMware has). Dennis asked a question about pagefile and Nick answered the question based on his previous published article. Again there is a nice discussion about security and comprimised. Isolating PVS traffic was the next question, based on a previous article of Nick. He explains that it's only necassary for security or other reasons, normally it should not limited by the network. Your network should be running smoothly. Citrix advises to use ISO boot or BDM instead of PXE when High Availability, location is dependent and use more files when many clients are connecting. 
>After this session I shoot a video with SMS Passcode for the Dutch NGN community. Never been so much on "television" at this day.  Again this was cool to do, looking forward to the endresult. Today is the Synergy Party in the convention center, so that's we are heading over in a short time.