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Secure Virtual Desktops for over a Billion Devices – Cisco @ Citrix Synergy

photo courtesy of Citrix SynergyAt Cisco we are believers in the Borderless Networks mantra of any device, anywhere. One of the ways we deliver on this vision is with AnyConnect, our secure mobility client that provides a secure, encrypted connection back to corporate, just the thing for road warriors who might have to use public wifi in coffee shops or airports.

That’s one way to do it.

Another way we are delivering on that any device, anywhere vision, and incidentally a way that we expect will come to be a popular way to deal with the whole BYOD challenge, is virtualization and delivering virtual desktops over an optimized, accelerated network to a variety of end devices.

When Citrix Synergy opens in Barcelona on Tuesday, October 25, Cisco will be there at Stand 204 and that is exactly what we will be showing – synergy, and lots of it. Virtual computing efforts like Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp provide unique opportunities for security, scalability and centralized management, but they also make unique demands on network infrastructure.

Citrix HDX traffic, particularly when enhanced by Cisco WAAS, helps deliver a LAN-like end user experience for the virtual device over the WAN. With platforms for Citrix receiver including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android,  iPhone/iPad, Google Chrome OS, HP WebOS and the Blackberry Playbook, over a billion different devices worldwide are supported.

Demos at the Cisco Booth include:

  • Desktop Virtualization and Collaboration
  • Accelerating Citrix XenDesktop with Cisco WAAS
  • Scaling, Securing and Simplifying Infrastructure with Cisco UCS

We will also have a mini theater at the booth, with speakers from Cisco, NetApp, Appsense, EMC and Atlantis presenting on a variety of topics Tuesday through Thursday.

On Wednesday, October 26, from 3:30-4:15, we will also be in the sponsor session, “The Next Generation Virtual Workspace Panel – Bringing Desktop Virtualization and Communications Together.”  Doug Dooley from the Cisco desktop virtualization team will join Derek Thorslund, from the Citrix HDX and Embedded Receiver team and Paul McEwen, from JPMorgan chase in a session moderated by Cisco’s Jeffrey Platon.

More detail on the show is available on the Cisco website here and on the Citrix Synergy site here. This is going to be an exciting show with a lot going on. We hope you can make it to the show and look forward to seeing you at Stand 204. For those unable to attend in person, we will be providing regular updates via Twitter (https://twitter.com/#!/ciscogeeks) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ciscosecurity#!/CiscoBorderlessNetworks)

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