Brian Ducharme

Brian Ducharme

Brian is an event reporter for and an expert in virtualization/cloud techonlogies.  In his 15+ years of experience in the virtualization/cloud field he has interviewed hundreds of companies, users and executives.  Brian has been an active member of the NEVMUG (NEVTUG) since 2006 and attends both vmworld and Citrix Synergy every year.  Brian works full time as a Senior Software Engineer for Liquidware Labs.

Brian also spent 5 years as the managing editor of Virtual Strategy Magazine, an online magazine focused on the virtualization industry and has been with vmblog since 2011. He has a background in Computer Graphics, Marketing, Programming, Web Design, Mobile App Development, Linux Administration and is an active member of the NHJS group. 


Market leader in remote support expands its mobile app offerings, integrates with Citrix Receiver and social communities

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. » 5/9/2012 »

Today at Citrix Synergy 2012, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrixannounced significant enhancements to its market-leading remote support solution, GoToAssist. New capabilities include additional mobile app offerings, integration to mobile and social worlds through customer-initiated support, as well as integration with Citrix Receiver clients. As GoToAssist marks 10+ years in the cloud, it continues to deliver the easiest-to-use set of cloud-based tools for IT professionals, enabling them to meet the growing demands of a new mobile and social world.

First to Support All Major Cloud-Based File Sharing Services; Enables Teams to Work the Way They Want

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. » 5/9/2012 »

Today at Citrix Synergy 2012, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrixunveiled its easy-to-use, powerful team-based collaboration platform, Citrix Podio. This follows the company’s recent acquisition of Podio, a freemium cloud service that supports people and teams getting work done the way they want to in a social setting, through a unique apps concept that adds structure and activity streams to any type of work and collaboration.

Innovative StorageZones Technology Offers Businesses New On Premise Data Storage Option

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. » 5/9/2012 »

Today at Synergy 2012Citrix unveiled ShareFile StorageZones, providing IT the ability to choose optimal locations for storing corporate data – on premise within their private cloud, in secure Citrix ShareFile-managed cloud storage options in multiple user-specified locations worldwide, or a hybrid of the two. With this new feature, businesses can ensure that they are meeting their specific compliance and performance requirements while taking advantage of the economic benefits that a cloud-based data-sharing service offers. The company also announced several new enterprise-class enhancements to ShareFile. These enhancements are aimed at addressing the mobility, data sharing and collaboration requirements of the workforce while providing additional management and security features that businesses expect.

New XenDesktop, VDI-in-a-Box & AppDNA capabilities drive adoption

San Francisco, CA » 5/9/2012 » Today, at Citrix Synergy™, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrix announced a set of new innovations that help organizations transform their Windows desktops and apps into a cloud-like service that can be managed centrally and delivered to any device in any location. New releases of Citrix desktop virtualization products and new game-changing Citrix HDX Ready SoC-based endpoint devices from key partners are helping to ease the transition to virtual desktops, drive down the acquisition costs and provide expanded capabilities targeting broad use cases from the call center, to high-end engineering and mobile workers in enterprises, the public sector and SMBs, enabling organizations of all sizes to deliver anywhere, anytime access to desktops, applications and data to users.

New Offering Combines Power of XenClient Hypervisor with Enterprise-Class Management of Virtual Computer

San Francisco, CA » 5/9/2012 » Today, at Citrix Synergy™, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrix announced the acquisition of Virtual Computer, provider of enterprise-scale management solutions for client-side virtualization. Citrix will combine the newly-acquired Virtual Computer technology with its market-leading XenClient® hypervisor to create the new Citrix XenClient Enterprise edition. The new XenClient Enterprise will combine all the power of the XenClient hypervisor with a rich set of management functionality designed to help enterprise customers manage large fleets of corporate laptops across a distributed enterprise. The combined solution will give corporate laptop users the power of virtual desktops “to go”, while making it far more secure and cost-effective for IT to manage thousands of corporate laptops across today’s increasingly mobile enterprise.

CloudGateway Enterprise App Store Securely Delivers Any Windows, Web, SaaS or Mobile App, Along with ShareFile Follow-Me-Data to Over 2 Billion Devices

San Francisco, CA » 5/9/2012 » Today, at Citrix Synergy™, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrix announced CloudGateway 2, a powerful new update to its enterprise mobility solution that adds extensive mobile application management capabilities, including full support for native HTML 5, iOS and Android apps. The new CloudGateway release also adds integration with Citrix ShareFile™, giving customers a single unified control point for all apps and data enterprise-wide. This allows employees to be as productive on-the-go as they are in the office with access to their personalized set of applications and data when and where they need them.

Citrix Charts “Path to the Cloud” at Synergy San Francisco

San Francisco » 5/9/2012 » Today at Citrix Synergy™, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrix unveiled its strategy to help customers of all sizes deliver business-ready cloud services. With the advent of the Cloud Era, companies everywhere are looking for effective strategies to harness the benefits of cloud computing, without disrupting their current business models. Today’s announcements give customers a simple, pragmatic “Path to the Cloud,” making it easier for them to “build” new clouds, “bridge” to third-party clouds, “deliver” cloud services with the best performance, reliability and security, and “transform” existing Windows desktops and apps into true, cloud-like services.

Enterprises and Service Providers Rapidly Deploy any Windows Application or Desktop Across Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds

SAN FRANCISCO » 5/9/2012 » Today, at Citrix Synergy™, the conference where cloud computing, networking and virtualization meet, Citrix announced Project Avalon, the next phase in the evolution to transform any Windows application or desktop into a cloud service delivered across any network, to any device.  Citrix today delivers Windows apps and desktops to over 100 million users. With Project Avalon, Citrix integrates the breadth of its technologies to extend these same capabilities to the thousands of enterprise customers eager to adopt private cloud deployments that offer the same resource optimization, infrastructure agility and economics that are currently only provided by public cloud offerings such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.  Project Avalon empowers customers to rapidly deploy personalized Windows apps and desktops in a private cloud across single or multiple sites, and to utilize public clouds in a “capacity on demand” fashion in support of business initiatives such as business continuity, integrating mergers and acquisitions, or offshoring projects.

Delivers first commercially supported cloud orchestration system based on Apache CloudStack

San Francisco, CA » 5/9/2012 » Today at Citrix Synergy™, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, the company advanced its strategy to accelerate the broad adoption of open, interoperable cloud computing by introducing Citrix CloudPlatform, the first commercially supported cloud orchestration system based on Apache CloudStack. With the new commercial release, customers can quickly and easily evolve virtualized datacenter resources to automated, elastic, self-service IT delivery models using the same technologies on which the world’s most successful clouds are built.

Tech Preview of Industry’s Most Advanced Cloud Networking Platform Now Available for the Industry’s Most Popular Cloud

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. » 5/9/2012 » Today, at Citrix Synergy™, the conference where mobile workstyles and cloud services meet, Citrix released a tech preview of NetScaler® 10 – the industry’s most advanced cloud networking platform – for Amazon Web Services. The recently unveiled NetScaler 10 with TriScale technology (see announcement) brings the elasticity, simplicity and expandability of the cloud to both enterprise and carrier networks. As mainstream IT adopts third-party Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud services, they will require a combination of the elasticity and flexibility expected of these cloud offerings, and the power and control of advanced networking services used within their enterprise cloud datacenters. This tech preview enables enterprises to bring to bear the full power of NetScaler 10 to be deployed, scaled and managed on-demand within seconds on the most popular cloud platform, with no on-premise deployment, configuration or management required. This solution also enables the massive spectrum of customers deployed on Amazon Web Services to now rapidly and cost-effectively leverage the world class application delivery capabilities of NetScaler, in a true Amazon-style solution. Making all the power of NetScaler available as an Amazon cloud service makes it easy for enterprise customers to spin up new instances of NetScaler in seconds, with no on-premise deployment, configuration or management required.

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