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May 05, 2016

As part of VMblog's live Citrix Synergy 2016 coverage coming up later this month, we're getting our schedule ready to learn as much as we can, as quickly as we can.  Citrix Synergy is always packed with great information coming from various breakout sessions, networking sessions, keynotes and more!  But one of the places we always learn a lot is in the Solutions Expo where valuable vendors from the Citrix ecosystem setup shop to display their wares. 

But with so many vendors exhibiting at the show, how do you know who to get on your schedule? And which booths to visit?  

I recently met with a company called IGEL Technologies while at a VMware UserCon in Austin.  And I was very excited to hear about what they were offering, beyond their thin client devices which is what I think most people associate with the company.  So I was very glad to hear that they would be at Citrix Synergy once again, where I hope to dig in a little deeper and see more of their various technologies at play in a larger setting. 

IGEL Technology America is one of the world's leading thin client vendors, one of America's fastest-growing thin client brands and Europe’s No. 1 in Linux-based thin clients.

Beyond thin client devices, IGEL's Universal Desktop Converter 2 (UDC2) software provides a highly effective alternative to traditional thin client hardware. The software is installed as the operating system on PCs, notebooks and select thin clients, and turns the hardware into a powerful software-based and universally deployable thin client allowing secure access to almost all centralized IT infrastructures.

The IGEL Universal Management Suite (UMS) is a user-friendly and extremely efficient piece of software that allows IGEL thin and zero clients as well as PCs, notebooks and thin clients from other manufacturers to be remotely administered.  

Are you going to Synergy?  If so, I invite you to get IGEL Technology on your "must see" list.  Want to learn more?  Check out this interview to learn about what they have planned for the upcoming Citrix Synergy 2016 event.

May 03, 2016

As part of VMblog's live Citrix Synergy 2016 coverage coming up later this month, we're getting our schedule ready to learn as much as we can, as quickly as we can.  Citrix Synergy is always packed with great information coming from various breakout sessions, networking sessions, keynotes and more!  But one of the places we always learn a lot is in the Solutions Expo where valuable vendors from the Citrix ecosystem setup shop to display their wares. 

But with so many vendors exhibiting at the show, how do you know who to get on your schedule? And which booths to visit?  

I was glad to hear that Lakeside Software was going to be sponsoring the event again this year.  For many years now, I've had the great pleasure of being briefed by this company and being exposed to their flagship product, SysTrack.

Lakeside Software transforms the way that enterprises deploy, manage, secure, improve, and report on end user experience by coupling the world's most lightweight agent with a robust data analysis engine to instantly grant complete visibility and control to administrators without impacting end user experience.Lakeside empowers EUC teams with comprehensive end user analytics and endpoint telemetry, enabling them to optimize user experience, mitigate risk, minimize cost, automate operational tasks, and make better decisions.  

Are you going to Synergy?  If so, I invite you to get Lakeside Software on your "must see" list.  Want to learn more?  Check out this interview to learn about what they have planned for the upcoming Citrix Synergy 2016 event.

May 03, 2016

Citrix Synergy Survival 

Let's face it, it's been a wild 12 months for Citrix since last year's Synergy event.  But things appear to be taking shape quite nicely for the company, and I expect we'll get quite the education as to the direction of the company for the remainder of the year and beyond during Synergy 2016.  Things should prove quite illuminating.  But on a personal note, the one thing I will definitely miss at this year's conference will be Mark Templeton.  Not seeing and hearing him on the big stage or catching up with him 1:1 will be difficult after all these years.

But that means that conference attendees will also get their first look at the new Citrix CEO, Kirill Tatarinov.  Tatarinov, a 13 year veteran of Microsoft, where he was most recently Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Business Solutions Division, is putting the finishing touches on the company’s new plan.  Expect to hear all about it during the keynote presentations.Citrix Synergy 2016 takes place May 24-26th and this year the venue moves to fabulous Las Vegas at the Venetian and Sands Expo. Whether this is your first Citrix pilgrimage made to Synergy, or, whether you are an old pro and card carrying alumni member, I'd like to share a few tips and tricks with you to help make your coming event as smooth and as successful as possible.  I'm sure I'll miss a number of key tips or tricks, so please feel free to chime in to help others.

Let's begin! 

April 11, 2016

Citrix Synergy is upon us again and this year they have relocated the conference to Las Vegas due to construction that is currently underway at the Moscone Center in San Francisco (their home for the past several years).  This year will be the first Citrix Synergy conference since the departure of former CEO and President, Mark Templeton.  VMBlog is fortunate to be attending and will be delivering videos and information from the conference that takes place from May 24-26 at the Venitian.

This year they have 108 hours of breakouts in sessions of 45, 60 and 90 minutes and 40 sessions built for customers by customers and partners, as well as 171 hours of intensive learning labs.  

The keynote will feature the new president and CEO, Kirill Tatarinov who will share his unique perspective on the digital transformation impacting the world today, how it powers new opportunities for business and enhances the way we work and live. The convergence of Cloud, Mobile and Big Data is driving a need for change in a way that can bridge the present and future while realizing business outcomes along the journey.

Get inspired by the technology that is leading digital business transformation during the General Session. The dynamic General Session will reinforce the Citrix strategy for secure delivery of apps and data with deep dives from product leaders who will cover major areas of innovation across the Citrix portfolio. Cool demos of the latest Citrix advancements as well as insights into what’s coming next will offer you new possibilities for your IT strategy.

Throughout the week you will find numberous opportunities to network as you walk the Expo floor and visit the many companies in the Citrix ecosystem.  Then to finish the week Citrix will be throwing a party like no one else can as the close down Fremont street for a private block party featuring a live performance from the band Fall Out Boy.  Visit the official website of Citrix Synergy for more info.

November 01, 2015

VMBlog interviews Doug Hazelman, Vice President, Product Strategy, Chief Evangelist at Veeam during the VeeamOn 2015 Always On Availability Conference in Las Vegas.

Doug Hazelman is Vice President, Product Strategy, Chief Evangelist. Doug consults with customers, partners and industry analysts on key considerations for implementing virtual server infrastructures. He works with Veeam’s R&D team to enhance and develop new Veeam products to address market needs, and advises customers on best practices for managing virtual environments. Doug shares his expertise via the Veeam blog and other social media outlets. Doug has spoken about virtualization management at VMworld, the Nordic Virtualization Conference, Interop, and other events including regional VMUG meetings. He is a VMware vExpert for 2011 and has also appeared on VMworld.com's "Ask the Experts."

Prior to joining Veeam, Doug was an IT infrastructure consultant with Bennett Adelson. Earlier in his career he was the director of Product Management for Migration Solutions at Quest Software. Doug was with Aelita Software in various technical and product management roles for more than five years before it was acquired by Quest Software in 2004.

November 01, 2015

VMBlog interviews John Metzger, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Veeam during VeeamOn 2015.

November 01, 2015

VMBlog interviews Rick Vanover, Product Strategy Specialist at Veeam during VeeamOn 2015. Rick talks about the New Veeam Backup for Linux as well as some of his favorite features in Veeam Availability Suite v9.

Rick Vanover (vExpert, MCITP, VCP, Cisco Champion) is a Product Strategy Specialist for Veeam Software and is based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick is a popular blogger, podcaster and active member of the virtualization community. Rick's IT experience includes system administration and IT management, with virtualization as the central theme of his career recently.

October 29, 2015

VMBlog visits the virtacore booth during VeeamOn 2015 in Las Vegas.

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October 28, 2015

VMBlog speaks with vSandbox, the magic behind the VeeamOn Lab Warz during VeeamOn 2015 in Las Vegas.

vsandbox.com

October 27, 2015

VMBlog visits the bluelock booth during VeeamOn 2015 in Las Vegas.

www.bluelock.com

October 07, 2015

Here's what you missed at vmworld 2015 in San Francisco, join vmblog next year as we cover vmworld 2016 in Las Vegas.

September 09, 2015

VMBlog gets a sneak peak at DataCore's new Adaptive Parallel I/O technology during vmworld 2015.

September 09, 2015

VMworld 2015 has come to an end, and I'm just now starting to get re-acclimated to being back in Austin, TX and the Central Time Zone.  My room at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco was fantastic as always; but waking up every morning at 3:30AM like clockwork was a bit much.  Thanks a lot Pacific Time Zone!

If you followed our VMworld 2015 coverage, you've already seen a number of great video interviews at various vendor booths during the show.  But stay tuned, we aren't finished yet -- more are on the way!

September 09, 2015

VMBlog gets introduced to LiveAction, a performance monitoring solution for networks at vmworld 2015.

September 09, 2015

VMblog speaks with a new company called appcito which is emerging on the scene with an application front-end for cloud applications.

September 08, 2015

VMBlog stops by the Arkin booth during vmworld 2015 and gets a demo of the product for Software-Defined datacenters.

May 16, 2015

VMBlog visits the UniFyle booth during Citrix Synergy 2015 and gets to see first hand how their product works.

May 16, 2015

VMBlog stops in at the Atlantis booth during Citrix Synergy 2015 and gets a demo and product overview for their product Atlantis Hyperscale.

May 16, 2015

VMBlog stops by the Lakeside booth at Citrix Synergy and gets an overview of their product SysTrak.

 

May 14, 2015

VMBlog visits the fslogix booth at Citrix Synergy 2015 and speaks with Kevin Goodman about 2 new types of containers available in fslogix apps 2.0.

May 14, 2015

VMBlog visits the Liquidware Labs booth at Citrix Synergy 2015 and gets a demo of a new feature coming to Stratusphere called Login Breakdown as well as the new UI in Profile Unity.

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May 13, 2015

Brian Ducharme and David Marshall discuss what you missed at the Day 2 Keynote during Citrix Synergy 2015.

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