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Open-E, Inc. is one of the pioneering leaders and developers of IP-based storage management software. The Open-E® DSS V6™ and Open-E DSS V6 Lite™ line of products enjoy a reputation for best-in-class performance, flexibility, reliability, scalability and return-on-investment and are known for their robust architecture, ease-of-use and affordability. Open-E Data Storage Software (DSS) V6 has been verified for Citrix®XenServerTM (Version 5.6) and is now designated Citrix Ready, providing confidence in joint solution compatibility.

As a part of a special promotional offer from Open-E, two free of cost NFR (Not For Resale) versions of Open-E DSS V6 with unlimited TB of storage are now available for all Citrix professionals. This offer is valid until March 31, 2011. Citrix experts will have the opportunity to work with the powerful iSCSI SAN software and will be able to build shared storage for training and performing demos with Citrix XenServer Version 5.6. Open-E DSS V6 works effectively and offers secure access to storage and straightforward interface to iSCSI SAN.

For more information about Open-E DSS V6 please visit Open-E Data Storage Software V6 on the Open-E website.

How you can qualify for this promotional offer:

The accepted certificates for two free Open-E DSS V6 licenses are:

  • CCA Citrix Certified Administrator
  • CCAA Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator
  • CCIA Citrix Certified Integration Architect

Certified professionals can receive the licenses by sending an e-mail with a copy of one of the above mentioned certificates to certification@open-e.com.

Learn more about Open-E DSS V6 verified for Citrix XenServer Version 5.6 through the resources listed below:

  1. Citrix Ready Catalog – Product page and Profile page.
  2. Video – Open-E DSS V6 iSCSI-Failover with Xen-Server (video of a recent Webinar about the use of Open-E DSS V6 iSCSI Failover with a XenServer, available in English and German)
  3. How-to Ressource – “Open-E DSS V6: How to setup iSCSI Failover with XenServer
  4. Press Release – “Open-E DSS V6 is verified as Citrix Ready” (available in English and German)

Write to us at CitrixReady@citrix.com should you have any questions. And catch more partner updates from Open-E and others on Twitter. Leave your comments and feedback for Open-E DSS V6 here, have you tried this solution yet?

On a flight to San Francisco, of course!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with our product teams to pull together the most compelling Summit content yet. Over 60 breakout sessions to complement our Keynote presentations will help you transform the way your customers value virtual computing, which means more sales for you!

From technical sessions like design principles for large-scale hosting and cloud infrastructure to sales sessions on how to drive greater account penetration through the explosion in mobile devices, we’ve got sessions to give you something new and valuable to talk about with your customers.

If you want to learn how to position and sell Citrix OpenCloud to enterprises, accelerate PoC testing and unseat the competition, or get the most from our alliances with Microsoft and Cisco, this is the best investment you can make to be ready to sell new deals when you get home. And, of course, we’ll show you all of the latest enhancements to desktop, application, and server virtualization.

The registration site is open now! Take a minute to sign up and secure your spot. The session catalog will go live soon so you can pick and choose the most valuable sales and technical sessions for your business. Remember the Hands-On Labs and TechEdge sessions too!

I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco. I’ll be at our Partner Transformation Center – next to registration, so stop by and say hi. We’ll show you how to get the most out of your Citrix Partner Network membership.


Attention New York City area users and administrators…




Just a reminder that the next New York Citrix User Group Meeting will be held at the Microsoft New York Metro District tomorrow, February 17th!



Date: Feb. 17, 2011 (Thursday)
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Register Now



The goal of a User Group is simple: To foster dialogue and an exchange of ideas within the Citrix community, allowing users and administrators to share information and best practices, hear from the experts, and grow their body of knowledge and expertise.



Agenda:

During this meeting, you will:

  • Find out about the architecture and design of XenDesktop
  • Hear customer stories
  • Hear from a technology partner, WYSE
  • Collaborate with top Citrix consultants and peers

You are the key to a successful Citrix User Group community! So come out for some technology collaboration and fun with the Citrix experts.

Attend and you’ll have the chance to win some great prizes!



Location:

Microsoft
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104
(212) 245-2100

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If you’ll be in or around NYC tomorrow, I hope you can attend! Stay tuned to the Citrix User Group Community site for news and information about upcoming Citrix User Group meetings and activities.



Laura Whalen
Citrix Systems, Inc.
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Attention Boston area users and administrators…




Just a reminder that the next Boston Citrix User Group Meeting will be held at the Citrix offices in Bedford tomorrow, February 16th!



Date: Feb. 16, 2011 (Wednesday)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
Register Now



The goal of a User Group is simple: To foster dialogue and an exchange of ideas within the Citrix community, allowing users and administrators to share information and best practices, hear from the experts, and grow their body of knowledge and expertise.



Agenda:

During this meeting, you will:

  • Find out about the architecture and design of XenDesktop
  • Hear customer stories
  • Hear from a technology partner, WYSE
  • Collaborate with top Citrix consultants and peers

You are the key to a successful Citrix User Group community! So come out for some technology collaboration and fun with the Citrix experts.

Attend and you’ll have the chance to win some great prizes!



Location:

Citrix Offices
14 Crosby Drive
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 301-8000

Register Now



If you’ll be in or around Bedford tomorrow, I hope you can attend! Stay tuned to the Citrix User Group Community site for news and information about upcoming Citrix User Group meetings and activities.



Laura Whalen
Citrix Systems, Inc.
Follow me on Twitter


 
Attention Pittsburgh area users and administrators…




Just a reminder that the next Pittsburgh Citrix User Group Meeting will be held tomorrow, February 15th!



Date: Feb. 15, 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Register Now



The goal of a User Group is simple: To foster dialogue and an exchange of ideas within the Citrix community, allowing users and administrators to share information and best practices, hear from the experts, and grow their body of knowledge and expertise.



Agenda:

During this meeting, you will:

  • Find out about the architecture and design of XenDesktop
  • Hear customer stories
  • Hear from a technology partner, WYSE
  • Collaborate with top Citrix consultants and peers

You are the key to a successful Citrix User Group community! So come out for some technology collaboration and fun with the Citrix experts.

Attend and you’ll have the chance to win some great prizes!



Location:

Rivers Casino
777 Casino Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 231-7777

Register Now



If you’ll be in or around Pittsburgh tomorrow, I hope you can attend! Stay tuned to the Citrix User Group Community site for news and information about upcoming Citrix User Group meetings and activities.



Laura Whalen
Citrix Systems, Inc.
Follow me on Twitter

Don’t worry we can help you! Just get your new Citrix and Microsoft marketing templates on the Citrix Marketing Concierge Demand Gen site. In this seminar in a box you’ll find: email invitations, email reminders, scripted power points, welcome letters, surveys and much more. You just need to customize the materials with your information and send it out to your customers and propects. Putting an event together has never been easier… It’s ready to go and it’s Free! Check it out.

At Citrix, we have been advocating virtual computing as a simple and easy, and effective and efficient way to enable “workshifting” – moving work to the most optimal place, time and device.

There was a time when most of us were anchored to the office (place), tethered to the physical workstation or PC (device) and bound to the 9-5 office hours (time). The boundaries were clearly – but rigidly – drawn around where we work, when we work and what devices we use to perform our work. Fast forward to 2011: A recent Citrix survey underscores that working anywhere and everywhere is the new normal:

  • 87% of organizations allow working outside of your office
  • 79% of you work outside the office one or more days a week
  • 98% are “much more” or “just as” productive working outside of the office
  • 64% use three or more devices on a daily basis.

As we choose to perform our jobs at the time and location and on a device of our choice, we are becoming the “Everywhere Employee”. Working remotely is no longer something just a few of us do… it’s become part of everyday life for MOST employees. An insurance agent will work at his optimal place – closer to her customer. An executive may respond to his CEO’s request using her Android or iPhone without leaving her kids’ soccer game. A consultancy firm will setup a temporary office closer to client’s location, enabling consultants to access their apps, desktop and data at the new location faster than they put up the tents and cubes! A mining company or an offshore drilling firm will allow their employees access their apps, desktops and data in hostile, unfriendly locations… certainly not your typical IT cubicle. A multinational corporation will set up branch offices closer to where resources and skills are available, markets are growing faster and cost structures are friendlier.

With over 60% of employees working outside the traditional headquarters, these everywhere employees are no longer chained to a place, device or time.  They want to feel right at home whatever place they work from, on any network they connect to, on whatever device at a time of their choice. This certainly drives increased productivity, employee work-life balance and customer experience.

To make the everywhere employee “feel” right at home everywhere, she needs a virtual desktop that looks, feels, acts and performs like her physical PC, even over a wide-area network (WAN). Desktop, app and network performance all become critical to deliver a delightful experience for such employees.

Virtual computing makes all of this possible. It encompasses a broad gamut of computing paradigms: virtual meetings, virtual desktops and apps, virtual servers, virtual networks, virtual storage and the uber virtual infrastructure… the cloud.

Today, Citrix is taking another major step toward making these “everywhere employees” feel right at home… even when they are working miles from headquarters over a wide area network. To make this a reality, Citrix today announced an updated XenDesktop Platinum Edition that now includes HDX WAN optimization, powered by the breakthrough Citrix Branch Repeater  VPX technologies. For millions of employees who increasingly depend on the WAN to get things done, this is very good news indeed.

Sai

Related blogs:

Citrix XenDesktop Gets “WAN-tastic”

Video of Everywhere Employee – The Future is Now

In the world of desktop virtualization, user experience is everything… it is what makes or breaks a successful desktop virtualization strategy. Today, Citrix raised the bar again, announcing a new addition to its popular Citrix XenDesktop that promises to juice performance even further for employees accessing their virtual desktops, apps and data over a wide area network (WAN).

Starting today, any customer who buys the Platinum Edition of XenDesktop gets a powerful new WAN optimization virtual appliance at no additional charge that can be deployed quickly and easily in any branch office to boost XenDesktop performance for branch users. The new solution, powered by the breakthrough Citrix Branch Repeater VPX virtual appliance, is specifically architected for accelerating and optimizing the delivery of virtual desktops, apps and data for end users, while reducing bandwidth utilization for IT administrators.

The March 2010 launch of Citrix Branch Repeater VPX captured the imagination and interest of networking customers around the world by delivering the power of WAN optimization with the flexibility and agility of a software-based virtual appliance. Citrix customers were further intrigued by the fact that Branch Repeater went beyond the kind of WAN optimization offered by the likes of Riverbed to offer specific optimizations for the ICA protocol that plays such a big role in the HDX technologies that have placed XenDesktop at the head of the virtual desktop market. The fact that thousands of XenDesktop customers downloaded Branch Repeater VPX in 2010 to try it out for themselves, prompted us to make HDX WAN optimization a standard feature for our most strategic XenDesktop customers.

Adding this capability to XenDesktop Platinum Edition seemed like the obvious answer. More than 70% of our XenDesktop customers already choose our Platinum Edition to deliver a wide mix of different virtual desktop technologies to a diverse range of employees – from task workers and office employees, to road warriors and contractors. And increasingly, these large XenDesktop customers have been turning to Branch Repeater to enhance performance over the WAN. Gartner1, in fact, credits Branch Repeater’s top three market share position in the advanced-platform WAN Optimization controller market to the strong acceptance of XenDesktop.

We think these early adopters are on to something ─ Citrix XenDesktop, combined with the HDX WAN Optimization technology from Branch Repeater – accelerates the delivery of virtual desktops and provides a high definition experience to branch office workers (See 3rd Party Performance Report: XenDesktop vs View with and without WAN Optimization). They have led the transformation of desktop virtualization and WAN optimization markets with innovative and integrated use of these technologies.

That’s why we’re moving aggressively to accelerate this adoption even further – making it easy for ALL strategic XenDesktop customers to deliver any type of virtual desktop and app to any user with the best, high-def experience. Specifics of today’s announcement include:

  • Effective February 14, 2011, XenDesktop Platinum will include the new HDX WAN optimization feature, powered by Branch Repeater VPX – at no additional charge. You can deploy the new HDX WAN Optimization virtual appliances in unlimited number of branch offices with WAN links up to 45Mbps, if you buy XenDesktop Platinum, are current on XenDesktop Platinum SA or trade up to XenDesktop Platinum. This will allow XenDesktop Platinum customers to accelerate and optimize, on WAN links of up to 45Mbps bandwidth, delivery of virtual desktops and virtual apps, as well as native apps such as Microsoft Exchange, Outlook, SharePoint, and other data or application traffic.
  • The new HDX WAN Optimization feature runs as a virtual appliance on either Citrix XenServer of VMware vSphere. In related news, the standalone Citrix Branch Repeater VPX virtual appliance is also now available for both XenServer and VMware hypervisors.

While this is great news for XenDesktop customers, it doesn’t mean the rest of the world can’t enjoy the benefits of Branch Repeater to get more out of their wide-area networks. Branch Repeater hardware and software appliances will both continue to be available for standalone purchases to ANY customer who wants blazing fast WAN performance and lower bandwidth costs from the vendor who brings virtualization, networking and cloud computing together.

For more information, please read Customer FAQ: Updated XenDesktop Platinum includes HDX WAN Optimization, powered by Branch Repeater VPX

Try putting the pedal to the XenDesktop on wild wide-area networks… and feel the exhilarating XenDeskop ride!

Sai

1 Market Share Analysis: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 3Q10 ( Dec 15th, 2010)

Related info:

Citrix Makes the “Everywhere Employee” Feel Right At Home…Even Over the WAN

3rd Party Performance Report: XenDesktop vs View with and without WAN Optimization

Can I get my apps and desktops now?

Bei der Desktop-Virtualisierung entscheidet die Benutzer-Akzeptanz und Performance über Scheitern oder Erfolg des gesamten Projekts. Denn beim Arbeiten erwartet der Benutzer in Punkto Geschwindigkeit und Bedienbarkeit den gewohnten Komfort eines Standard PC. Mit der heutigen Ankündigung werden jetzt auch Mitarbeiter optimal unterstützt, die auf ihre virtuellen Desktops, Anwendungen und Daten über ein Wide Area Network (WAN) zugreifen.

Denn ab heute erhält jeder Kunde, der sich für XenDesktop Platinum entscheidet, zusätzlich eine virtuelle Appliance für die WAN-Optimierung – und das kostenlos. Die Lösung enthält jetzt die Citrix Branch Repeater VPX Virtual Appliance, die nicht nur für die Bereitstellung von virtuellen Desktops und Anwendungen sorgt, sondern auch Netzwerk-Bandbreiten optimiert. Branch Repeater VPX ist seit März 2010 als Software-Lösung verfügbar, die auf XenServer und VMware vSphere ablauffähig ist.

Die Tatsache, dass Tausende von XenDesktop Kunden Branch Repeater VPX im Jahre 2010 heruntergeladen und getestet haben, hat uns veranlasst, die HDX WAN-Optimierung als ein Standard-Feature für XenDesktop zu integrieren. Ein Großteil unserer Kunden hat sich bereits für die Platinum Edition entschieden und nutzt die Möglichkeiten, virtuelle Desktops über unterschiedliche Technologien an verschiedene Benutzer-Typen auszuliefern. Und bei immer mehr Kunden spielt auch die Anbindung von Zweigstellen – und somit der Einsatz einer WAN-Optimierungslösung – eine wichtige Rolle. Daher kombinieren wir beide Lösungen, um so allen Kunden die Möglichkeit zu geben, jede Art von Benutzer, unabhängig von welchem Ort über welche Leitung er arbeitet, optimal zu unterstützen.

Details der heutigen Ankündigung:

  • XenDesktop Platinum beinhaltet ab dem 14. Februar 2011 die HDX-WAN-Optimierung, die durch Branch Repeater VPX geliefert wird – ohne Aufpreis.
  • Das HDX WAN-Optimierungs Feature läuft als virtuelle Appliance auf zwei Plattformen: Citrix XenServer und VMware vSphere.

Branch Repeater Hard-und Software-Appliances stehen natürlich auch weiterhin als Standalone Lösungen zur Verfügung.

Check the new BYO or “Bring Your Own” device program templates on the Citrix Marketing Concierge Demand Gen site*. It’s time for your customers to think beyond the Desktop. You will find an email template which you’ll be able to customize with your own information and have it ready to blast in a second to your customers and prospects. Could it be easier than this? What are you waiting for?!

 *This site is only available to partners in the Americas