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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?

Great news for all you planners out there. The session catalog for Citrix Synergy in San Francisco May 25-27 is now available! Why the excitement? This means that you can peruse the session line up and determine which sessions about virtualization, networking and cloud technologies you MUST attend this year to maximize your learning opportunities. There are lots of great sessions to choose from – with more technical sessions, best practices and hands-on learning labs than ever before. And if you don’t see what you need, be sure to let us know and we’ll see if we can still add it to the agenda.

I encourage you to sign up early for the event.  I’m not trying to be alarmist, but remember that Synergy in San Francisco last year was standing room only and the Berlin event last Fall was literally sold out. That said, we’ve learned from past experience, as well as from your feedback, and we have enhanced the event structure and content in several ways.

First, we’ve enlarged the keynote room, such that every Synergy attendee will have unfettered access to Citrix CEO Mark Templeton’s opening session and all of the other main-stage activities. We’ve also doubled the number of Geek Speak Live! sessions, since these unscripted discussions and rapid-fire debates among technical experts, analysts and influencers are always incredibly popular with Synergy attendees. And we’re investing more time and energy in the Citrix CTO session, which has grown into one of the most buzz-generating activities of the entire event.

But wait there’s more! Based on your feedback, we are putting special emphasis on hands-on learning and technical best practices at Synergy San Francisco. This year we’ll offer more “how to” and “how we did it” sessions featuring customers, tech alliance partners, Citrix Technology Professionals (CTPs) and industry analysts. They will share their experiences implementing desktop virtualization and cloud solutions in order to help you be successful with your strategic deployments.

We’ve dramatically increased the number of breakout sessions, and you can search for categories to build the best agenda for you, including:  What’s New, Best Practices, Hot Topics and Key Technologies. Just to give you a taste of your options, specific titles include:

  • XenDesktop.next: the future of on-demand desktops and apps
  • Scaling XenDesktop for the enterprise
  • Best practices for using FlexCast to drive desktop transformation
  • Building multi-hypervisor, multi-workload enterprise clouds with Citrix OpenCloud
  • What’s new in NetScaler MPX and VPX
  • Say “yes” to BYO and employee-owned tablets, computers and smartphones in the workplace

There truly is something for everyone at Citrix Synergy, regardless of where you are on the technology learning or adoption curve. Whether you’re setting a virtualization strategy and vision for your company, gathering technical content, or looking to rub elbows with the industry’s best and brightest, now’s the time to make your plans for Citrix Synergy in San Francisco.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the Synergy catalog and start building your plan to attend the sessions that will give you exactly what you need to reap the benefits of virtual computing.

Together in San Francisco, we will be inspired, learn and network!

VMware responds with scripted PR

Yesterday I pointed out how VMware was inappropriately trying to infer that a quote showing substantial savings from a Gartner Server Based Computing (SBC) research report was somehow applicable to VMware View which offers no such solution. VMware responded with a scripted PR statement on the CRN site that is geared towards VARS and technology integrators in response to coverage from Kevin McLaughlin. Below are some highlights from the Kevin’s article which includes a response from VMware.

Reporter Quote
“VMware says the Gartner figures quoted in the press release referred to Wyse’s portfolio of thin, zero and cloud PC client solutions, which support both SBC and VDI.”

VMWare Quote
“It is appropriate for Wyse to choose to feature this when talking about their products,” the VMware spokesperson said in an e-mail. “VMware’s portion of the announcement featured customer momentum and results related to our portfolio of desktop and application virtualization technologies.”

Repeat offender

Before I respond to the quotes it’s worth pointing out that in 2009 an earlier version of the report was also called into question. VMworld – Misuse of Gartner’s TCO Numbers to Make the Case for View

Who is VMware trying to fool?

VMware is trying to wriggle its way out of responsibility for a press release on their corporate website and pin it on a partner with plausible deniability. Really VMware? Do VMware really except anybody to believe that a thin client TCO in combination with SBC where you have no solution can reasonably be merged into a quote in a single press release? It is rather insulting to assume that people are that dumb. It is therefore not appropriate under any stretch of the imagination. The fact that VMware is a repeat offender is also inexcusable.

Who did VMware pin the tail on in 2009 when similar facts were misrepresented? They also take a very similar tact when it comes to PCoIP. The reality is VMware have failed to take any responsibility for their continued pattern of outrageous fud with respect to TCO with VMware View. This kind of fud is designed to confuse and conflate customers, partners, the channel and integrators.

Fundamentally VMware is trying to defend an inaccurate press release. After a history of getting away with elastic facts, getting caught twice, the appropriate thing to do would be to retract the statement and claims of SBC having anything to do with VMware.

Update: VMware removes quote in updated press release.

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.

It seems like months have passed since we shipped XenDesktop 5, but in reality, it has only been weeks. As the new year began, I’ve spoken to a number of customers about XenDesktop 5, and I am excited about what I’m hearing.

In a recent conversation, I was briefing a room full of architects and administrators at a manufacturing company. I was showing them how the XenDesktop 5 hosted-virtual desktop delivery infrastructure (One of several FlexCast desktop and on-demand app delivery models) has built-in provisioning that leverages a single instance of a gold image to “boot” thousands of desktops. I showed them how MCS uses an identity disk and then a separate differencing disk at runtime to enable administrators to apply patches to a single image and update the entire deployment.

They were very impressed with the story and were excited about reducing the need for expensive storage and asked about how to configure this provisioning service. I asked them if they had installed XenDesktop 5, and they responded that they did and had gone through the steps in the wizard to create 40 VMs. I explained that they already had installed and configured the most powerful virtual desktop provisioning infrastructure in the industry.

XenDesktop 5 delivered a number of powerful new features. These include the ability to securely deliver Windows, web and SaaS apps from a single infrastructure to a range of new devices like iPads and smartphones. Also, a fully scriptable management interface, Desktop Studio… and, Desktop Director, a powerful web-based tool for the service desk. Under the covers, however, lies one of the most interesting innovations in XenDesktop 5, designed to forever change desktop lifecycle management.

Citrix calls this Machine Creation Services (MCS).

The name is misleading. Machine Creation Services is about far more than just how to “kick off” new hosted virtual machine desktops. Instead, it is designed to:
1) Think about the entire desktop and application lifecycle and workflow with the ultimate goal of allowing the enterprise to manage single instances of the operating system and applications
2) To only store it once with a complete history of patches and updates
3) Apply those changes to existing VMs,
4) …and work with the hypervisor and storage layer to minimize both storage capacity AND IOPS for maximum performance and efficiency.

The scalability of XenDesktop 5 hosted VM desktops is highly modular, taking the stress off of any one Desktop Delivery Controller (DDC) by keeping the state in a database that can scale as high as 40-50 thousand desktops in any one site. DDCs front end the database and now each single instance (a virtual or physical server) of a DDC can handle 10-20k desktops out of the box; so you just add more virtual or physical servers in front of the database for HA and to scale to obscene size deployments.

This blog series will feature a collection of design architects and deployment experts who have been involved in the most rigorous laboratory and field testing program to date. Check back here for links to some real-world best practices for design.

Table of Contents: (Current and upcoming articles)

MCS or PVS, What should I be using? by Ken Bell
How do I migrate my existing XenDesktop environment to XenDesktop 5? by Simon Plant
I need some rough Sizing Guidelines to get started by Dan Feller
What happended to the PVS setup tool? by Patrick Carey
Storage considerations for XenDesktop by Vishal Ganeriwala
Show me the numbers! Large scale performance testing by Martin Rowan and Bernie Hannon
MCS and Intellicache – XenServer optimized for XenDesktop by Sam Webster


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

Register Now



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

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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