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Citrix Synergy 2011: Day 2 – Simon Sez!

Hello (again) from San Francisco – for the last time this week!  

I’ll be heading back to Austin tomorrow, but it was great being here in California for a few days, and being a part of what was happening at Citrix Synergy 2011.

Day 2 started a bit slow, but Simon Crosby certainly got us back on track. 

Simon Crosby on stage at Citrix Synergy

Simon Crosby on stage at Citrix Synergy

Here are the highlights:

  • DJ Solomon was running music before the session and at the after party – I gotta say I was impressed.  I’m not a big club beat guy, but this was good tunage. 
     
  • Citrix Partner Awards:  Gluster – Best Partner Solution for Accelerating Cloud and Best in Show!  App-DNA wins best partner solution for desktop transformation, and Abiquo wins best partner solution for virtual datacenters.
      
  • After the Citrix Partner Solution Awards, Simon Crosby took the stage – I’d been looking forward to this – Simon never fails to provide surprise and insight.
          
  • It should be obvious, but a lot of people still don’t get this – virtualiztion is not the same thing as cloud.  Does virtualization have a place in cloud?  Yes.  Can you evolve from a highly virtualized environment to a cloud?  Yes.  But there is a purer way taken advantage of all the inherent characteristics of cloud (elasticity, mutli-tenancy, etc) by designing and building cloud from the ground up – something that platforms like OpenStack offers.  (Check out the whitepaper at www.Dell.com/OpenStack to learn more about that design methodology.)
      
  • OpenStack will help drive what we need in the cloud – getting key vendors together to figure out and build the cloud out right. – Simon Crosby
       
  • To delight (users) and to protect (enterprises) – that is the mission of IT – Simon Crosby
        
  • Interesting analogy from Simon: private cloud vs private cloud similar to driving your own car vs flying in a commercial plane – we drive our own cars, have control, etc – commercial airlines focus on building in process so that air travel is safe and reliable.  Interesting fact – the FAA was created by the airlines to help ease people’s fear of flying by implementing standards and a governing body.
      
  • Enterprises are seeking economics, elasticity, and pay-as-you-go from the cloud. – Simon Crosby
      
  • Our consumer choices are increasingly impacting our workplace – Simon Crosby
       
  • Roughly 100% of users violate their company’s security policy to get their job done – apps, public cloud access, etc.  It’s important that we as an industry recognize that and leverage it for progress.
       
  • Tarkan Maner, CEO of Wyse – wow, quite a captivating speaker.  Was quite comfortable making a number of claims about thin clients and the future of computing, a number of  which I’m not in agreement with (there is now no need for thick clients, etc), but overall, I enjoyed his address.  Some key takeaways include cloud recommendations: start working toward hybrid cloud, build based on policies, develop to open standards, ensure the right and evolved IT skills are in place, and put users before infrastructure.
       
  • Also learned a new phrase – “FInT this.” = Facebook, Linked In, Twitter.  Do any of you actually say this?
       
  • Train at Citrix Synergy!
    Train at Citrix Synergy!

    Zynga CTO Allan Leinwand also presented today speaking about their zCloud – they went from concept to production in 6 months, and can provision 1000 servers within 24 hours now.  They are all about “scale fast or fail fast.”  Nice to see that we as a group are starting to understand this notion.  Nice quote to the crowd during his discussion: “Some of you might be playing our games right now.”
      

  • Also got a chance to interact with friends in the press as well as users who wanted to know more about OpenStack and Dell’s role in Project Olympus and its Early Access Program.  You can also drop me an email at OpenStack@Dell.com if you want to learn more.
      
  • And to top it all off – Train in concert at the Synergy afterparty!

The twitterati was in full swing as well – check out #CitrixSynergy.

Citrix fans – it’s been fun – see you next year! 

Until next time,

JOSEPH
@jbgeorge

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