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E2EVC 2013 Copenhagen Day 1

On the 31th of May 2E2VC Copenhagen started. As normally I blogged my experiences of the first day. 



I had a early flight, so I had sometime to do sightseeing before the event actually started. Traditional Alex started off with the information, rules, mentioning the sponsors and other usefull/useless stuff ;-).


The first real session What's newfrom Citrix Synergy 2013 Anaheim by Peter Soderholm. He started with the keyfactor Workplace and the fundamental changing of the Workplace (Mobile Workplace). The Mobile Workstyle Strategies was discussed (BYOD, NextGen workplace, workforce mobility and so on) and the other general (marketing) vision of Citrix. After that XenDesktop 7 came into the picture, logically started with Project Avalon and the three pillars (simpler/easier management, embrace mobile users, deliver as a serve). Peter described Project Merlin quickly and what it will deliver. He continued with the charasteristics of XenDesktop 7 and XenApp 6.5 FR2. Also the DesktopPlayer for Mac was mentioned, TP is coming in June as mentioned during the Synergy keynote. Also the Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management software was mentioned and the position of Citrix in that Quadrant. Next the charasteristics of XenMobile Enterprise and Mobile Productivity Apps (Worx Mobile Apps). Also the possibility is mentioned that Workx supports the possiblity to convert apps into a Worx App via the SDK kit and the Worx App Gallery. Next topic were the improvements within ShareFile (Storage Zone Connectors, Azure Support, XenMobile Integration, Follow-me data across any device, Mobile Editor for Office, Free-from PDF annotation). Peter continued with HDX Insight (via NetScaler). The last topic Peter touched was about the cooperation with Cisco. 


After this session it was time for lunch. After the lunch we continued with another session of Peter dedicated to XenDesktop 7. HDX Mobile was the first topic, both the available options/improvements as the SDK. Also the consoles were discussed again: Studio and Director within XenDesktop 7. Peter also described the simplified installation, powerful delegation of controle, simplified application/desktop publishement, HDX InSight in the Director  console and analyzing applications using AppDNA (platinum edition). Next topic was the HDX 3D Pro with OpenGL, followed by HDX local seamless apps (bit strange to call it optimized for GoToMeeting). Also Provisioning Services 7 was mentioned including the optimizations (not much new features). Peter also touched (Unified) StoreFront. Also the new features in the Receiver 4 are discussed. The available editions are mentioned, it still thinks it's a bit strange to call it RDS-based session host at the App Edition, followed by the migration paths really quickly. Also the FR2 of XenApp 6.5 is touched with the new features added to XenApp 6.5 with this FR. 


Sasa Masic was next with his session Where do you want to go tomorrow. He started with some facts out of the history (starting with Windows 95). After that Sasa discussed the competion between Citrix, VMware and Microsoft. Sasa's vision is that MS and VMware are competing much more than Citrix on the hypervisor platform. He explains the differences between the hypervisor architecture between MS and Hypervisor. He also quickly discusses formerly known Terminal Services. Sasa also discussed on his own way other topics like VDI, Cloud Platforms with the current status. In his feature he is mentioning product/companies like QbesOS, ORBX.js, node, Open Compute Project, OpenFLow and Openstack.


Next session was Benny Tritsch and Bjorn Uddal about AppSense. They started with the history of AppSense, which lead to the current products DesktopNow, DataNow and MobileNow, followed by the current challenges there are in IT and the vision of AppSense to solve those challenges. Bjorn explains the possibilties of DesktopNow and which challanges this can solve. Next was MobileNow (EMM solution). Bjorn started with why EEM is required nowadays. Bjorn refert to Gartner that there is currently no product that satisfies all the actual needs for EEM. MobileNow is based on simplicity (easy to  test/buy/implement/onboard/manage), SaaS based solution, does MDM, MAM and MIM and real time enforcement. MobileNow is based on isolation and DLP (seperating personal and business) including some architecture information. As the download of the MobileNow is taking along time. Therefor Benny took over explaining DataNow. DataNow is in the middle between the mobile devices and the AD and folders (local in your datacenter). They are working on a cloud based solution as-well. Benny demoed DataNow from a webbrowser, the Windows client and the administrator console. Bjorn continued showing the console of MobileNow, clear that MDM is available in the product, but is this where BOYD users are looking for. It willl be more MAM and dividing user/business data/programs. Finally the client installed and Bjorn could show how DataNow is embedded within MobileNow. Finally we got some demoes, this was really missing till now.


Brandon Shell was next, which was the first break-out session (RoyalTS was running into the other room). Brandon started explaining the name Splunk and that it is difficult to explain what Splunk is. Really basic Splunk does indexing, searchability and datacollection; index and analyze any data any amount any source (without any requirements like upfront schema, custom connector, RDBMS). Brandon demoed how Splunk in the basic works. Next he continued with the Splunk architecture (indexing/search server[s] and Splunk forwarders [optional]). It's possible to scale to TBs/day using splunk search heads (offload search load). Again a demo folowed showing the kind of report and dashboard possibilities using Xenapp examples. After the demo Brandon mentioned a Splunk App, the whole set of the search and dashboards and they can be provided to other persons/companies. Splunk is a platform to build additions on to get the required result. 


For the next session we needed to select between Nicke Kallen and Kees Baggerman. That was a difficult choice, but I had seen the session of Nicke before so I decided to go voor Kees and Duco's session called VMware EUC, a real competitor for Citrix. Duco started explaining VMware products available: Horizon View (View, ThinApp, Workstation, vSphere, vCenter), Horizon Mirage (Mirage, ThinApp, Workstation,Fusion Pro, VMware player commercial license). View 5.2 offers Blast, Unity Touch, SAML-awarness, Lync Support, extensive GPU support, Windows 8 support and space reclemation. Mirage used for layering base/user/apps, bought in 2012 originally Wanova, added support for app based layering (vmware's physical desktop solution). Horizon Worspace  is based on Horizon Data (exists as its own all-or-nothing silo), Horizon Mobile (MDM solution for Android) and is the central access point of the end-user. Horizon Suite is the combination of View, Mirage and Workspace. Duco continued with the infrastructure overview of the products/suite. Kees started with the comparison of the product stacks of Citrix and VMware by describing the FileShare architecture compared to Horizon Data architecture by Duco. Collaboration offered by Citrix is Podio/GoTo, VMware offers socialcast/zimbra in this market. Application Delivery: Citrix --> XenApp|Desktop/StoreFront/PVS/MCS/Access Gateway/NetScaler;VMware --> View infrastructure/Workspace. Application Virtualization: Citrix Streaming (XenApp only), View --> ThinApp. Mobility/Workspace Aggregation: Citrix XenMobile/VMware Horizon Mobile. Profile Management: Citrix UPM/VMware View Virtual Profiles/Horizon Mirage. For all above they described the infrastructure components on a high level. Concluded it is different to compare the products.


Last session of day 1 was XenDesktop Backstage by Jorge Luis. It was about project witthh the following charasteristics: 5000 users were going to VDI (Win 7 32/64bit), multilanguage, multi time zones, methodology to build VM needs to be the same as actual physiscal workstations and use old Thin Clients. Jorge described the architecture as the next topic (dual site active/active, 10 Pools with 8 hosts, 500 VMs by pool, 4 DDC, 2 SQL mirrored). He continued with describing the challenges and solutions/work-arounds by product and functionality (XenServer, XenDesktop, patching, reporting), check the slides for all the specific information.


The officially end of the day is actually getting traditional by some beers sponsored by SMSPasscode. David Hald again talked this drink event with his cool presentation (although I have seen this on before). Almost stand-up commedian work.


Summarized day one existed of many general sessions, which contains information that most of us already known. When the break-out sessions started I personally find that session more capable for the E2EVC event. For next day lot of good sessions are scheduled so definetly looking foward to tomorrow already. Now it's time for a drink, food and networking. As always lot's of good guys (and girls) are here, so this will not be a problem at all.