Hello from San Fran!
Boy, what a day at Day 1 of the Citrix Synergy event. I’m kicking back at the Serrano Hotel after a long day of meeting, greeting, networking, and learning at they event. Made a lot of new friends today, and got to touch base with a lot of old acquaintences.
I had a lot of high hopes for the conference this week. And the keynote got it off to a rocking start.
I was particularly interested in the OpenStack announcement, but there was a ton of great announcements and demos today. Also had some great meetings with the press today since Dell was a part of the announcements.
Here are some of the highlights I found interesting…
- First off, the OpenStack news – Citrix announced “Project Olympus” which would include a Citrix distribution of OpenStack and a cloud-optimized version of XenServer. There’s an early access program that customers can engage in to work with Citrix, Dell, and Rackspace to get things kicked off there. Check out more at my blog on it here.
- Google did a pretty cool thing by doing a demo with the Citrix crew on stage, and then proceeded to give away about 100 Chromebooks to keynote attendees. Unfortunately, I was not one of them.
- Citrix CEO Mark Templeton did a great job of pitching a nice connected story of BYO-ThreePC – Personal Cloud, Private Cloud, and Public Cloud.
- Citrix showcased a couple of new new NetScaler products – Cloud Gateway to helps in orchestrating web and windows apps, and Cloud Bridge to connect cloud data, directory, web, and apps between public and private clouds.
- Great demos on the new and improved Citrix Receiver. Lots of nice UI updates, drag and drop, etc. And features are translated into the administration side of things as well. It was also cool to see Android apps running in Windows via Citrix Receiver. Things are becoming seamless….
Some great quotes:
- Citrix’s mantra = “Whatever, whenever, wherever” – I like it. (Also heard a lot of “any, any, any”.)
- “Don’t encrypt the laptop – encrypts the data.”
- Consumerization is a major force and will force changes in IT
OK, well that’s all I’ve got in me for tonight – there was a ton more – feel free to comment about items you found interesting.
I’ll be back tomorrow with another update.
Until next time,
Hello all – hope you’re having a good Saturday / Sunday wherever you might be.
Wanted to finish putting down thoughts, insights, etc from my time at the Gartner Data Center conference this past week. (You can read Part 1 here – https://jbgeorge.net/2010/12/11/thoughts-from-2010-gartner-data-center-conference-part-1/.)
- We need to understand the success / real world utilization of ITIL and other benchmark frameworks – are they working?
- More and more, in the era of cloud, we are finding it is no longer necessary to keep an individual system up at all costs, as long as overall compute and storage integrity are maintained
- Traditional management models assume that systems should be managed so that failure should rarely happen. Newer models assume that failure WILL happen, and focus on shortest MTTR (mean time to recovery / repair).
- Traditional models try to implement pervasive automation, whereas newer models focus on selective automation. Why must we automate / virtualize / etc everything? Choose wisely based on criticality and true need.
- We’ve heard of JEOS – the “just enough” operating system. Gartner spoke of “just enough” practice vs “best” practice. Are we at the era of “just enough?”
- Again, reiteration of the need of DevOps skillset.
- Organizational alignment is still a key facet of moving the IT organization.
- “We are only at the end of the beginning” of the cloud era. Watch for Cloud 2.0 in the years ahead (market based computing, hybrid clouds the norm, etc)
- Still a lot of talk about the Big Four (HP, CA, IBM, BMC) – they were slow to jump on w virtualization, but more aggressive with cloud.
- Definite focus on the network being a key management focal point. Similar to the theory that your band’s ripping concert is only as good as the quality of your sound man.
- The recession will be viewed in hindsight as a pivot event for the server market – paradigm shifts, vendor repositioning, etc.
- Some important trends to watch going forward: big data, unified communication, client virtualization, compute density / scaling vertically, converged fabrics
Another great event – look forward to next year.
Until next time,